The University of Portsmouth’s PGCE Initial Teacher Training Secondary in Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) is a one-year, full-time course for graduates who wish to train as secondary school language teachers or a two year part time course. It is run by the University’s School of Education and offers the opportunity of undertaking a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (with 60 credits towards a Master’s degree).
Modern Foreign Languages is a foundation subject of the secondary curriculum at Key Stage 3 and an entitlement at Key Stage 4. On the PGCE course you will learn, not only about issues related to MFL teaching, but also about developing an understanding of educational issues pertaining to teaching and learning, classroom interaction, the school curriculum and the school and society. As well as learning to become a competent classroom practitioner, you will learn to make important decisions and recognise the need for reflection and evaluation.
The course is designed to enable you to become a capable and confident teacher at secondary level. Abilities to teach the National Curriculum and General Certificate of Secondary Education in languages and encourage learning will be developed alongside the skills and understanding required of effective teachers according to the Initial Teacher Training Core Content Framework and by the Teachers’ Standards.
Mode of study
One-year full-time course or two year part time course.
The MFL course integrates theory with practice and two-thirds of your time will be spent in a school, where you will be working closely with expert colleagues such as mentors and other school staff.
Throughout the year you will be engaged in considering a range of subjects including:
- subject knowledge enhancement in the classroom
- lesson planning
- classroom management
- research into the pedagogy and psychology of learning MFL
- special needs and inclusion
You will spend an increasing amount of time teaching in school as the course progresses. The emphasis throughout will be on helping you gain progressively more confidence and competence in order to attain an increasing level of responsibility in the classroom.