This Post Graduate Certificate Education (PGCE) Secondary Modern Foreign Language course leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), qualifying you to teach the 11-18 age group in secondary schools in England and Wales.
The programme has consistently been judged as excellent in both internal and external reviews, and is widely acknowledged as one of the best modern foreign language courses in the country.
You will specialise in one main teaching language (either French, German or Spanish) but we strongly encourage all trainees to teach a second language to at least beginner level.
Your tutors are a diverse and incredibly experienced community of academics with wide practical experience in schools and international reputations as experts in the field of Modern Foreign Language teaching and learning. The work of tutors is feeding into the DfE National Centre of Excellence for Language Pedagogy, and underpins the internationally renowned Professional Development Consortium in MFL, whose principles form the basis of the course. We have strong links to the Association for Language Learning and collaborate with such expert practitioners such as those at The Language Gym. Many of the books and articles used on the course have been written by tutors themselves.
The PGCE will provide you with a theoretical framework for language teaching closely integrated with practical advice on the preparation and delivery of effective and engaging language lessons. Your assignments are designed to help you to plan your teaching effectively and imaginatively and to evaluate your skills, particularly in terms of the quality of learning achieved by pupils.
You will be taught through a series of lectures, practical seminars and workshops, where interactive and discussion-based techniques will encourage you to engage, reflect and challenge.
Sessions may include:
- participating in workshop style sessions with your peers
- attending presentations by subject experts
- working on tasks in groups
- having individual tutorials
- visits to schools or other education settings
- visits to theatres, museums, galleries or sites of educational interest
- writing assignments on aspects of subject teaching and Professional Studies
These learning activities will help you to develop a toolkit of knowledge and skills, ensuring you are well prepared to tackle challenges and opportunities throughout your training and your career.
Alongside the University tutors, you will be taught and guided by a team of committed and experienced University-trained school mentors.
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