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  • Entry requirements
    You should have, or expect to attain, a degree with approximately 50% of modern foreign languages content or, as a foreign national, have excellent communication skills in your own language as well as in English. It is expected that you will have studied two languages, though not necessarily to degree level. Those languages are usually French, German, Spanish and Italian. However, each application is treated individually and your foreign language knowledge will be tested during the selection procedure. If you are passionate about modern foreign languages, enjoy working with young people and are hardworking and committed to children's learning you will enjoy the challenge of this course.
  • Academic Title
    Pgce Modern Foreign Languages
  • Course description
    The following subjects can be studied:

    -French - GTTR code R1X1
    -French with German - GTTR code RX11
    -French with Spanish - GTTR code RXD1
    -German with French - GTTR code RX21
    -German with Spanish - GTTR code RX2C
    -Spanish with French - GTTR code RX41
    -Spanish with German - GTTR code RX4C
    -Modern Language Extension (French) - GTTR code RXXC
    -Modern Language Extension (German) - GTTR code RXYC

    Modern Foreign Languages
    Modern Foreign Languages is a foundation subject of the secondary curriculum at Key Stage 3 (ages 11 - 14) and an entitlement at Key Stage 4 (ages 14-16).

    You will study and learn about issues related to modern foreign languages teaching. You will develop an understanding of educational issues pertaining to teaching and learning, classroom interaction, the school curriculum and the school and society.

    We will train you to be part of an exciting, rewarding and changing profession and will equip you with these skills.

    All trainees embarking on this programme will be registered on the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education pathway. During February trainees will have the opportunity to remain on the Professional Graduate pathway (taking all modules at HE level 3) or choose to follow the Postgraduate Certificate in Education pathway (taking two modules at Masters level). Further guidance will be available at interview and at the start of the course.

    Why complete a PGCE in Modern Foreign Languages?

    Modern Foreign Languages is a core subject in the National Curriculum and you will accept the challenge of training to be part of a rewarding and changing profession.

    In this one-year course, your main concern will be with the development of your professional competence as a teacher of Modern Foreign Languages. You will need to focus not only on the teaching of Modern Foreign Languages itself, but also on developing an understanding of educational issues pertaining to teaching and learning, classroom interaction, the school curriculum and the school and society. As well as becoming a competent classroom practitioner, you will need to be able to make informed decisions and recognise the need for further development.

    In addition to this, you will be expected to teach the three disciplines within Modern Foreign Languages up to GCSE level and update your subject knowledge. This is a process that will start in the PGCE year, but will continue throughout your teaching career. You will be expected to enhance your subject knowledge through background reading, research, working in peer subject development groups, teaching and working on examination papers.

    The course is essentially practical and two-thirds of your time will be spent in school where you will be working closely with mentors and other school staff.

    Throughout the year you will be engaged in considering a range of subjects including:

    -Subject knowledge enhancement
    -ICT in the classroom
    -Lesson planning
    -Classroom management
    -Research into the pedagogy and psychology of learning MFL
    -Special needs and inclusion

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