11-16 with post-16 enhancement
Cornwall SCITT: C79
Course Code: R9X1
Cornwall Teaching School: 19U
Course Code: 25VS
Modern foreign languages are vitally important in the world today. To be able to communicate with other nations in their native tongue will enhance the global economy, global partnerships and global peace. Employers are keen to recruit people who have a foreign language not only for their ability to communicate but also for their ability to ‘think outside the box’. In schools the most effective foreign language curriculum relies on innovative and inspirational ways of giving pupils opportunities to communicate effectively and spontaneously in practical situations.
The most important quality that all student teachers on our course possess is a passion for foreign language learning and sharing their passion with young people. Many graduates who consider teaching a foreign language hold a second-class degree or higher in French, Spanish and other languages. Other routes into teaching foreign languages include degrees in International Business Studies, History with languages or have experience in working and living abroad. Skills in ICT are relevant too.
Trainees will be expected to offer two languages from French, Spanish and German. They are expected to be fluent in their first MFL having studied it to Degree level (or equivalent) and to be competent in their second MFL having studied it to at least A2 standard (or equivalent). This will provide trainees with the best possible chance of gaining employment as an NQT at the end of the course.
If you have had a break from studying your specialist subject, have developed your subject knowledge within the workplace, or hold an A Level in [subject] but have an unrelated degree, then you may require a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course prior to starting the training programme. SKE courses require 25 hours per week of study, although part time options are also available. Several providers offer 100% online courses so that you can complete the course around other commitments. The amount of SKE required will be determined at interview, and it is important to apply as early as possible in the application cycle if you are hoping to enrol on an SKE course in the event that you are offered, and accept, a place on the course.
Experience working with young people is always particularly beneficial, particularly experience in a UK comprehensive school observing and participating in foreign language lessons. During early observations it may be useful to note how teachers use target language in the classroom, how they motivate pupils to speak and write and how they bring the cultural aspect of the target language country into the classroom. You will need a minimum of three days of school observation experience prior to interview and a minimum of ten days of school observation experience prior to starting the course.
The focus of the Modern Foreign Languages Course is for trainees to learn to teach at least one Foreign Language across the 11-16 age range with Key Stage 2 and post-16 enhancement. The course will provide trainees with a diverse range of strategies and approaches for use in the classroom, assuming an inclusive stance, focussing on pupil-centred learning and raising self-esteem.
Trainees will be expected to offer at least one but preferably two languages from French, German and Spanish. They are expected to be fluent in their first MFL having studied it to Degree level (or equivalent) and to be competent in their second MFL having studied it to at least A2 standard (or equivalent). This will provide trainees with the best possible chance of gaining employment as an NQT at the end of the course.
The Subject Specific Course will enable trainees to demonstrate:
- competent subject knowledge of the Modern Foreign Language(s) in order to teach across the full ability and age range (11-16 or 11-18)
- experience in the use of a variety of teaching strategies and resources (including ICT) selected appropriately to include differentiation across the ability range
- ability to plan lessons effectively within schemes of work taking into account the new National Curriculum and curriculum priorities for each Key Stage
- use of classroom management techniques and organisation in order to promote good behaviour and a positive learning environment
- use of a range of techniques to monitor, assess, record and report pupil progress and achievement and use this as a basis for planning
- understanding of the role of MFL in the wider curriculum
- the personal qualities necessary to make a successful teacher including the ability to accept and react to constructive criticism
- consistently high expectations and professional values
- an awareness of personal professional development needs
Sophie qualified in July 2015
Prior to starting SCITT I worked for 18 months as a TA to get a feel for working inside the classroom. I also worked part-time teaching French and Spanish at KS2 and running languages clubs at various primary schools. This gave me the confidence to make the decision to train as a secondary-school teacher.
I chose teaching for two reasons – a wish to return to my subject after a long time doing other things since studying languages at University, and an opportunity to combine my enthusiasm for languages with the desire to work in a socially useful role. As a mature trainee with three teenage children I felt also reasonably well-equipped to undertake the pastoral role of the teacher.
After completing SCITT and my NQT year in Cornwall, I am now working full time in an academic school teaching Spanish to GCSE and French to A level. My new job is very challenging but I am enjoying teaching A level as it really tests my subject knowledge! The SCITT training provided the necessary support and rigour needed to prepare me for the classroom. I believe the course helped launch me into a new career later in life, which has been very positive.