The Languages PGCE explores languages teaching and learning by combining theory and practice to promote innovative, inspiring and effective pedagogy. This helps our students to develop a critical awareness and strong classroom skills to become principled professionals and educational thinkers.
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. It places a strong emphasis on cultural knowledge, the use of literature and film in the languages classroom, pupil use of target language and broader aspects of language learning. We promote inclusive practice and consider issues related to SEND, bilingual learners and EAL (English as an additional language). We also promote creative and innovative practice and include sessions that focus on the effective use of information and communications technology and digital, video and multimedia.
This programme consists of three core modules: two subject-related 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 keynote lectures, subject lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and directed study days at the IOE, as well as time spent in placements. Assessment is by practical teaching, assignments and portfolio tasks.
Students will spend most of their time (up to 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.