The Languages PGCE explores languages teaching and learning by combining theory and practice in innovative, inspiring and effective ways. This helps students develop a critical awareness and strong classroom skills to enable them to become a competent, principled professional and educational thinker. Students who successfully complete this programme will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
This programme enables students to engage critically with a number of approaches and issues relating to languages education, such as the teaching of grammar, the incorporation of literature into lessons, target language use and the monitoring and assessment of pupils’ learning. It incorporates a range of approaches to effective, inclusive learning, and develops a student’s professionalism and critical awareness to a high level. The programme prepares languages student teachers to teach the 11-16 age range. Wherever possible, we provide opportunities for trainees to gain experience at Key Stage 5 (post-16 age range).
The Languages PGCE programme is informed by research and places a strong emphasis on cultural knowledge, use of literature in the languages classroom, pupils’ use of target language and broader aspects of language learning including issues related to bilingual learners and English as an additional language and other areas such as information and communications technology and digital, video and multimedia production.
This programme consists of three core modules: two Master’s-level (level 7) modules, which are assessed through written assignments, and the Professional Practice module, which is assessed by the observation of practical teaching in placement schools.
The programme is delivered via a programme of ‘Debates in Education’, subject lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and directed study days at the IOE and in schools, as well as time spent in placements. Assessment is by practical teaching, assignments and portfolio tasks. Students will also record their progress in a Career Entry and Development Profile statement. This will form part of an ongoing portfolio charting the students’ continuing professional development
Students will spend most of their time (120 days) in schools, working with subject specialist mentors who support you through your two school placements. We are fortunate to have a good choice of schools with whom we work, with many outstanding mentors and strong Languages departments.