The Languages PGCE explores languages teaching and learning by combining theory and practice to promote innovative, inspiring and effective pedoagogy. This helps our student teachers develop a critical awareness and strong classroom skills to enable them to become highly competent classroom practitioners, principled professionals and educational thinkers. Students who successfully complete this programme will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
The programme enables student teachers to engage critically with a number of approaches and issues relating to languages education, such as the teaching of grammar, the incorporation of literature and film into lessons, target language use and the monitoring and assessment of pupils’ learning. It incorporates a range of approaches to ensure effective, inclusive teaching and learning and develops a student teacher’s professionalism and critical awareness to a high level. The programme prepares languages student teachers to teach the 11-16 age range.
The Languages PGCE programme is informed by research. It places a strong emphasis on cultural knowledge, use of literature and film in the languages classroom, pupil use of target language and broader aspects of second language learning. We promote inclusive practice and consider ways in which teachers can meet the needs all learners, including those with SEND. We also look at how languages teachers can capitalise upon the skills of bilingual learners and those with EAL (English as an additional language) in their teaching. We promote creative and innovative practice and include sessions that focus on the effective use of digital technology and multimedia.
This programme consists of three core modules: two Master’s-level (level 7) modules and the Professional Practice module.
The programme is delivered via a programme of subject lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, and directed study days at UCL and in schools, as well as time spent in placements. Assessment is by practical teaching, assignments and portfolio tasks.
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. The Professional Practice module is assessed through these placements, associated tasks and a portfolio.