Secondary PGCE Modern Foreign Languages (Age Range 11-16)

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  • Objectives
    This programme will equip you with a range of academic, professional and vocational knowledge, understanding, skills and values necessary to become a high quality and skilled teacher of languages. This comprehensive programme enables you to develop your own language knowledge and skills whilst learning innovative teaching methods. You will also receive support to develop a second language to ensure you have more to offer prospective employers.
  • Entry requirements
    If you have a degree in, or including, a Modern Foreign Language: French, German, Spanish or Urdu, want to offer secondary school pupils knowledge of other languages and cultures, and wish to learn the latest professional methods to make you a confident and capable teacher, this programme is for you. Take our flexible programme if you: * Already have the required knowledge and experience to QTS standards, and simply require a recommendation for QTS status (Pathway A). * Currently work, unqualified, in a school setting and require the formal PGCE qualification and recommendation for QTS status (Pathway B). * Need the full training programme, but can't attend the one-year, full-time programme (Pathway C).
  • Academic title
    Secondary PGCE Modern Foreign Languages (Age Range 11-16)
  • Course description
    What will I gain from this programme?

    Professional training, delivered to the highest of standards, to help you take up your first teaching post with confidence, having experienced the very latest teaching and learning pedagogies

    You can also develop a second language, with dedicated tutoring tailored to your current knowledge level.

    What will I study?

    The following information is for trainees on the one-year, full-time programme:

    You'll start with an extensive subject knowledge and understanding audit, to identify your main strengths and weaknesses, and enable your tutor to focus on your individual development needs.

    During 12 weeks of study on campus, you'll develop:

        * Knowledge of essential educational theory
        * Awareness of appropriate and innovative teaching and assessment methods, including flashcards and overhead transparencies, language videos and audio tapes, roles plays, games, computer-based resources and the internet
        * Strategies to encourage trainees' holistic language development in the four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing, as well as knowledge about the country and culture
        * Understanding of the curriculum and current teaching practice
        * Ability to plan lessons effectively
        * Excellent working knowledge of the latest ICT tools and software used in schools
        * Stronger knowledge of your specialist language, and tutoring in a second language
        * Wider awareness of your role within the teaching profession through study of professional values.

    If undertaking the flexible programme, you may not need to undertake all the above study programme, work placements and methods of assessment, depending on your level and experience and which pathway you undertake.

    How will I study?

    A combination of academic study, group discussion and reflection, and practical, work-based learning in the classroom will give you all the knowledge and skills you need to become a creative and innovative teacher. The programme also aims to develop a reflective and a critically analytical approach to education.


    You'll spend 24 weeks on placement in schools, colleges and settings, putting your training into practice through assisting in and taking responsibility for classes, and working alongside mentors and peers to further your professional development. Your teaching timetable will increase as your training progresses and you become more confident and competent in the classroom.

    Who will be teaching me?

    A team of friendly, supportive tutors, including specialists in each of the four languages available.

    How will I be assessed?

    A balanced combination of coursework and observed classroom experience will be assessed against the QTS Standards and academic criteria at Levels 6 and 7. Various other tasks will enable you to show your competence in ICT and other aspects of language. Three key assignments include:

        * The development of a secure knowledge and understanding of MFL and related pedagogy plus relevant statutory and non-statutory curricular frameworks (National Strategies for MFL).
        * Planning, teaching and assessment of the four skill areas for a class you have taught and an evaluation of teaching approaches and their effect on learning.
        * Academic scholarship relating to subject specific pedagogy and wider professional practice with critical reflection on its findings to evaluate the impact on your own teaching, learning and professional development.

    You will also undertake the QTS skills tests in Numeracy, Literacy and ICT, which must be passed, and complete a Career Entry Development Profile (CEDP) before gaining your final award.

    Further study at Edge Hill University

    As a teacher, you will be keen to build your skills as your career progresses. Edge Hill is the largest provider of Professional Development for teachers in the country. You could gain further qualifications through your work in schools and colleges, or through further in-depth study.

    During your PGCE programme, we will carefully prepare you for your NQT year by helping to identify your continuing training needs. Edge Hill's Professional Development team will continue to support you through your NQT year and be available throughout your teaching career.

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