The MFL course aims to help trainee teachers build the confidence and skills needed to develop as successful teachers. The course is designed to prepare trainee teachers to teach MFLs in the National Curriculum at Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and post-16 courses, including AS and A2 levels courses. In all university-based sessions student teachers are expected to be active participants. Coursework is practically oriented and closely related to teaching and learning.
Early in the course student teachers are introduced to a range of schemes and strategies currently in use in secondary MFL teaching. You look at how children learn and develop. You consider factors to be taken into account when developing lessons which are interesting, balanced and relevant to pupils’ needs. You have opportunities to explore the different ways in which pupils can best acquire a modern foreign language, and to become familiar with a variety of resources that can be used to support these.
Student teachers will prepare and demonstrate practical work of the kind undertaken by pupils and be encouraged to think about the implications for classroom organisation and management. A range of teaching approaches will be explored. Other important aspects of work at this stage in the course are lesson planning, lesson evaluation and the use of ICT in MFL teaching.
In addition to MFLs, the PGCE course also prepares student teachers for cross-curricular themes and educational issues, including:
Provision for pupils with additional learning needs Learning needs Key skills Welsh Baccalaureate First aid Health education Assessment Education for global citzenship and sustained development Curriculum Cymreig
Learning to Teach 1: Introduction to Teaching Skills
The Learning to Teach 1 module has been designed to meet the expectations of Welsh Assembly Government Circular No: 017/2009, DCELLS Becoming a Qualified Teacher: Handbook of Guidance (2009). Within this module trainees will be required to demonstrate a grasp of the subject content as well as policies and issues pertinent to the planning, teaching and assessment of their main subject method. Trainees will also be introduced to the planning, teaching and assessment of a second subject method (where relevant).
Learning to Teach 2: Development of Teaching Skills
The Learning to Teach 2 module has been designed to meet the expectations of Welsh Assembly Government Circular No: 017/2009, DCELLS Becoming a Qualified Teacher: Handbook of Guidance (2009). Within this module trainees will be required to demonstrate a confident and sound grasp of the subject content as well as policies and issues pertinent to the planning, teaching and assessment of their main subject method. This module provides a consolidation to the theory and practice of teaching in the secondary school through main subject method work and practical teaching. Trainees will also be guided further to the planning, teaching and assessment of a second subject method (where relevant).
PGCE (Secondary): Professional Studies
This module will principally address the role of the `reflective teacher? within the context of continuing professional development. It will focus on getting trainees to take increasing responsibility for their own professional development. This module gives trainees the opportunity to explore in depth an area of study related to the education of learners in Secondary schools. Furthermore, the module provides opportunity to explore, examine, analyse, and critically evaluate selected factors that contribute to effective teaching and learning.
PGCE - Spanish
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