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Modern Languages at Swansea encompasses Arabic, French, German and Hispanic Studies with research strengths in written culture from the medieval period to the present day, including contemporary European cinema. We also have language expertise in Italian and Mandarin Chinese, but, depending on your choice of topic, advanced knowledge of a language is not an entry requirement. Some comparative projects in both literature and film can be researched in English translation.
The MA by Research in Modern Languages is ideal for those who want:
an MA qualification in niche areas where taught programmes are not offered;
the experience of a research degree without committing to a PhD at the outset.
Research proposals are invited on any topic in Modern Languages for which staff can provide supervision. It is advisable to email a member of academic staff in the appropriate area before applying (see staff web pages).
An MA by Research in Modern Languages gives you the chance to pursue a project based around your own passions and interests, leading to a qualification which can open the door to an academic career or boost employment prospects outside academia (typically in the private sector, the Civil Service, or education).
It will give you the freedom to explore a topic of your choosing in Modern Languages and develop a methodology under the close supervision of two experienced academics but without attending regular classes as required in taught programmes.
You will be supervised closely by two experienced academics in your field. Typically, you will meet them fortnightly in the first term and at regular intervals thereafter. Meetings are logged and goals agreed each time.
All research students in Modern Languages are required to attend skills and training courses at College and Institutional level. They give presentations to other research students and staff at departmental seminars and the annual departmental postgraduate symposium in June and the College of Arts and Humanities conference in October. Advanced research students may have opportunities to teach undergraduate tutorials and seminars. You have a budget (currently £200 per year) to attend conferences outside Swansea.
MA by Research degrees typically last from one year (full-time study) to two years (part-time study). Some students choose to ‘upgrade’ at the end of their first academic year to an MPhil or PhD. This can be permitted on the recommendation of the two supervisors. If they do upgrade their year on the MA counts towards the MPhil or PhD.
Our expertise in Modern Languages ranges from the French medieval lyric and Enlightenment drama, women's writing and feminism; travel; the conflicted memories of World War Two; film and literature about the Baader-Meinhof Group; and the works of the Nobel Laureates, Elias Canetti, Jean Cocteau, Günter Grass, Mario Vargas Llosa, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Herta Müller. Our dynamic research environment which has won attention and funding from outside bodies such as the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Modern Humanities Research Association, the Wellcome Trust and the EU.
We support the following research centres all of which also house postgraduate research students:
Contemporary German Culture (http://www.swansea.ac.uk/riah/researchgroups/ccgc);
Gender in Culture and Society (GENCAS, http://www.swansea.ac.uk/gencas);
The Comparative Study of the Americas (CECSAM, http://www.swansea.ac.uk/riah/researchgroups/cecsam);
Medieval and Early Modern Research (MEMO, http://www.swansea.ac.uk/riah/researchgroups/memo).
For further information on research specialisms and supervisory interests of our staff visit: http://www/swansea.ac.uk/artsandhumanities/about-us/.
The Modern Languages teacher training course is held in very high esteem by all those who work with us: partnership schools, languages teachers, and our students who year after year say that they find the challenge exciting and our support outstanding. We aim to help student teachers develop into well informed, critical and adaptable teachers so that their own teaching personality can blossom. We welcome applications from excellent and committed linguists who wish to train to teach French, German or Spanish and make a positive difference to language learning and children’s lives.
Like a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDipEd) is a teacher training programme leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) however it has the advantage of offering the equivalent of 120 credits which may be used towards our MA in Teaching Studies. Graded as outstanding by consecutive Ofsted inspections, the Secondary PGDipEd is a unique programme which offers high quality training and support as well as excellent employment prospects.
The course attracts a scholarship of £28,000 and bursaries of £26,000 (for 2018 applicants).
If you are serious about a career in Modern Languages teaching then the University of Birmingham is the place to train.
The PGDipEd course lasts 36 weeks, of which 24 are spent in our partnership schools.
Teaching practice will take several forms: school placements and also team teaching while at the University. You will also get involved in small scale research projects for your assignments so that you can evaluate the theory in practice and integrate this learning into your own teaching.
If you are interested in our other secondary subject courses please view the general Secondary PGDipEd course page
Two-year Master FLE
The Université Paris Nanterre offers a two-year Master FLE route where the second year is spent undertaking a PGCE or PGDipEd in Britain. The credits acquired as part of the PGDipEd are taken into consideration when awarding the Master FLE (rather than count toward the MA in Teaching Studies). The Master FLE is a popular route and every year we welcome a number of Nanterre students on the PGDipEd course.
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The course aims to lay the foundations necessary for students to develop their expertise not only as a teacher, but also as a Modern Languages specialist, and as a postgraduate student.
Success is dependent upon the combination of practical performance in terms of the Teachers’ Standards and academic performance in terms of knowledge, understanding, reflection and evaluation.
A variety of topic areas are explored, from lesson planning and classroom management to differentiation and developing pupils’ independence. Themes also include teaching in the target language, grammar teaching, integrating literature and cultural awareness in Modern Languages lessons for example. Current developments in teaching and learning are discussed as well as the National Curriculum and exam specifications.
The knowledge, understanding and practice of student teachers are developed through extensive teaching practice, research assignments team work and discussions, seminars and workshops.
Tutoring and support
Each student teacher will personally be allocated a Modern Languages university tutor as well as a school mentor whilst on placement, who will guide and support them throughout their training.
Spending at least a few days in an English secondary school before the start of the PGDipEd course is advisable and candidates can either organise their own placement for this or contact the Department for Education about its school experience programmes. We also encourage candidates to develop a second foreign language in order to increase their employability. We will also provide you with a list of optional activities to undertake during the summer.
The Elaine Hurman Prize
Established by John Hurman in memory of his wife, a former student and teacher of Modern Languages, a prize of £200 is awarded annually to a student teacher in Modern Languages for demonstrating particular expertise in eliciting oral responses in the target language in class. Eligible students are nominated by mentors and the successful candidate will be recommended for the prize as a result of their classroom proficiency in the above areas.
Our PGDipEd in Modern Languages is highly regarded locally and nationally. We have an excellent record of student teachers gaining jobs at the end of the course and many of them chose to stay in the region.
Our employment rate is very high, and a number of our student teachers go on to become heads of department, lead practitioners or mentors working in partnership with us.
Once students have completed the PGDipEd and their induction year they may return to study with us on a part-time basis to complete a 60 credit dissertation and obtain an MA in Teaching Studies.
Our MRes in Modern Languages offers an excellent opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge and research experience in your chosen field of Modern Languages and Area Studies. Please note that this course recruits in even-numbered years, i.e., 2018, 2020 etc.
The course will provide graduate students with the opportunity to develop an independent, substantial piece of scholarly research into a field of Modern Languages and Language Area Studies. Students will be informed by, and to contribute to, broader academic debates about the methods, approaches and practices that underpin the discipline of Modern Languages and Language Area Studies.
The MRes in Modern Languages comprises two key elements: a double core module focusing on research methodology (40 credits) and an extended dissertation (140 credits). The Research Dissertation module is divided into three stages, during which you will work closely with your dissertation supervisor exploring, firstly, the existing literature on your topic; secondly, planning your research project; and finally, writing up your dissertation.
You will choose the topic of your dissertation in consultation with the Programme Leader and it will reflect your own research interests and the Department's research specialisms.
The Department offers supervision in a range of Modern Languages and Area Studies topics. We have particular strengths in postcolonial, political and cultural studies in the francophone, Hispanic and Chinese-speaking worlds, as well as visual cultures and literary specialisms in peninsular Spain, France and mainland China.
Teaching is primarily based upon group workshops and seminars followed by individual face-to-face and online tutorials.
Teaching is primarily based upon group workshops and seminars followed by individual face-to-face and online tutorials.
The taught core module is assessed by written coursework of approximately 4,000 words, comprising essays and reviews, as well as oral presentations.
Your Research Dissertation will be approximately 28,000 words in length.
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The MA in Modern Languages and Cultures prepares students for undertaking further research in constituent disciplines, but it is also aimed at those who wish to broaden and deepen their critical engagement with the wide array of languages and cultures you can study as part of our programme. The structure of the MA is flexible, which means that you can choose to combine your interests in different languages or cultures, or you can choose to focus more exclusively on one particular area. Modern Languages at the University of Manchester provide a thriving environment, with its vibrant research culture, University Language Centre facilities, its close links to a wide range of cultural partners across the city and its access to the world-class John Rylands research library.
While this MA offers you a range of exciting modules that are chronologically or geographically specific, all modules are informed by recent theoretical and historical developments that allow you to think about categories like `language' and `culture' in nuanced and fresh ways.
You can also choose 30 free choice credits from across our School (subject to availability) to further extend the scope of your study.
Across both semesters, you will study a range of core modules (15-30 credits each, depending on your choice of Research Methods route), which will lay the groundwork for your coursework as well as preparing you to think about your dissertation. The core modules address questions that are at the heart of Modern Languages and Cultures, and will give you conceptual tools relevant to all of the additional course units offered. The core modules are entitled:
Across both semesters, you will have the opportunity to study from a broad range of 15-credit units taken from across Modern Languages and Cultures. This includes provision in: Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies; Chinese; French Studies; German Studies; Italian Studies; Japanese Studies; Russian and East European Studies; and Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies. You will also have the opportunity to select a 15-credit directed reading unit in each semester, which allows you to work on a specific area of focus under close academic supervision. Finally, students write a 15,000-word dissertation, worth 60 credits, supervised by an academic member of staff.
Students are required to take 180 credits of units as listed above.
The list of units on offer will be updated annually. Students can also choose up to 30 credits worth of units from another MA programme as part of their optional units, subject to the approval of the Programme Director.
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: [email protected]
PGDE Modern Languages at Strathclyde is held in high esteem by students, tutors and placement schools alike. You will benefit from an interactive learning experience comprising practical based learning and the exchange of wide-ranging ideas within the multi-lingual group. We welcome applications from talented linguists and enthusiastic individuals who are interested in teaching young people their specialism in French, German, Spanish, Italian or Mandarin.
This course is a professional training course which qualifies you to teach secondary education. The qualification is recognised throughout the world and is regulated by :
As the course is equally split between University-based and school-based placements, you are exposed to a wide range of ideas, contexts and challenges. Students are encouraged to make connections between this theory and practice and to reflect critically on what kind of teacher they aspire to be. The course enables students to draw on a wide range of resources and undertake extensive professional learning in order to lay the foundations for a successful teaching career.
All students will undertake a subject-specific module called Creative Contexts for Learning (CCL) Within the Modern Languages subject area, these classes are led by tutors who are inspirational language teachers and who facilitate weekly interactive sessions for the multilingual group. Tasks include micro-teaching, demonstration lessons and carousel lessons. You will work with a wide range of teaching materials and methods to help you to engage and inspire the young people in your care. Modern Languages CCL time allows you to familiarise yourself with the curriculum and collaborate with fellow students as you begin to plan lessons, develop materials and to learn innovative and motivating ways to deliver the curriculum effectively.
Upon successful completion of school placements and observation lessons during the first three School Placements, Modern Languages students may be given the opportunity to apply to complete Placement 4 abroad; in France or Spain; for a period of four weeks to three months. This is suitable for students who wish to experience life in a foreign school and further upskill their linguistic competency in order to bring this to their teaching career in Scotland.
You'll spend 18 weeks of the course on placement in a school within Scotland. You'll be continually assessed while there to show you meet the requirements for the Standards for Provisional Registration.
You must attend your placement school throughout the full working day. You must also attend school on staff in-service days, unless told otherwise by your school.
Placement is your chance to put what you're learning into practice. You'll explore your own teaching style, learn new techniques and develop relationships with your pupils.
You must keep a portfolio of progress while on placement. This placement file will form part of the evidence of your meeting the Standards for Provisional registration and prepares you for the continuation of professional development during your professional teaching career.
If you're a Scottish or EU student, you're guaranteed a job for one year in a Scottish school after you graduate. This is part of the GTCS Teacher Induction Scheme.
Following graduation you should contact the GTCS for provisional registration. Once you complete your probationary year, you'll be awarded full registration.
As a newly qualified teacher, you can receive an additional £8,000 under the Preference Waiver Scheme if you agree to work anywhere in Scotland for your induction scheme.
The course encourages an active and participative style of learning in order to meet your professional needs, and to promote a commitment to continuing professional development.
The hours for the full-time course are 9am to 5pm. You’re expected to be working on course-related activity during those hours.
Detailed information on the week-by-week timetable for each year will be provided at the first meeting of part-time students.
To be awarded the PGDE you must pass all course modules.
Each class includes course work that involves group or independent study on specified tasks. This may involve presentations and written reports.
Although these are not assessed formally they're essential learning experiences and are course requirements.
A degree in education will equip you for a range of careers working with children and young people.
Most of our PGDE graduates go on to work as teachers in secondary schools across the country.
Secondary School Teachers in Scotland use the Curriculum for Excellence framework. They work with their class to develop skills and abilities, and encourage the pupils to expand their knowledge and understanding further.
Jobs related to this degree include:
There are also many options for those who decide not to go into the classroom. Some alternative job roles are:
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