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PGCE Secondary Modern Foreign Languages

Course Description

A high standard of oral proficiency, grammatical accuracy and a sound knowledge of the countries are looked for at interview. Your second language should ideally be at least at or near A-level. A lower level may be acceptable, so long as you work at raising your competence before entry and during the course; please enquire. If you do not have a second language to offer you may still be considered.

A Disclosure and Barring Service Check and DfE Fitness to Teach test are also required.

The Faculty of Education has a national reputation for high quality initial teacher training which was rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted in their last inspection. We work with over 1,500 schools, colleges and educational organisations and offer a wide range of of secondary specialisms.

MFL is a national shortage subject and government priority with training bursaries available and this course has an excellent reputation. There is a growing need for high calibre language teachers and as such our trainees are very employable. Where appropriate, sessions are conducted in the relevant target language.

Trainees take a course of supporting study, including English as an additional language (EAL) and special educational needs (SEN). We also provide subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) courses to support graduates who would benefit from intensive MFL tuition before joining a PGCE MFL initial teacher training programme.

This course will be based at our £139 million new academic building at Birley Fields, All Saints campus, Manchester.

In addition to your main language, you will take one of the other two languages as your second language. You will be prepared to teach your main language throughout the 11-18 age range. In your second language, you will be prepared to teach up to either key stage 3 or key stage 4/GCSE, according to qualifications and linguistic competence. Where possible, we take into consideration other languages you may have.

This course enables you to acquire and develop language teaching skills. You will become aware of the needs of pupils of different abilities and of the goals and methods appropriate to them. You will be prepared for a wide variety of teaching situations by observing good practice in schools, by the use of DVDs, through discussions, peer teaching and practical workshops and through intensive practical teaching to a range of abilities. Feedback from experienced teachers and tutors facilitates your professional development.

Classroom management skills are given high priority both at the University and during school placements. Equally, an emphasis is placed upon careful planning, and you will develop the skills of linguistic analysis and sequencing.

You will learn how to teach both the spoken and written language, how to approach teaching grammar and how to plan for using the target language in the classroom. The course aims to develop a thoughtful and critical approach to the relationship between teaching strategies and the pupils' language learning in the classroom. You will learn how to assess and evaluate pupils' learning and how to use this in future planning. Other issues that form part of the course include language acquisition, cultural background, global citizenship and equal opportunities.

In addition to preparation for Key Stages 3-5, we also include provision for Key Stage 2 and you will compile a Primary Languages Portfolio. Methodology sessions in the university are conducted in your main foreign language where appropriate foreign language tutors and assistants will help you develop or maintain your language skills in your second foreign language.

We aim to develop analytical, successful and enthusiastic beginning teachers who are fully aware of the excitement and challenges which lie ahead and who can work effectively in a variety of educational settings.

Trainees will engage with current educational issues and recent and relevant research in order to further develop their understanding and to generate challenging and lively debate. There will be a focus on:

Promoting an inclusive learning and teaching environment:
Working in multi-professional teams
Creating a climate for learning in the classroom
Learning and teaching strategies
Managing students' behaviour
Planning and evaluating students' learning
Developing knowledge and understanding of teachers' professional responsibilities

Trainees will be prepared to teach in a range of different schools, varied in social context, size, philosophy and intake. Posts now also offer scope for Modern Foreign Language teaching in primary schools, to support the 2010 introduction of languages for all primary school children. Many graduates also take up mentoring of new trainee teachers.

There are also opportunities for further study. The PGCE MFL course includes 60 Masters Level CAT ponts which can be credited to our MA Language Education for teachers wishing to develop expertise teaching bilingual learners, English as first language and MFL. We also offer MAs in Education, Educational Leadership and Management and opportunities to study to PhD level at the Education and Social Research Institute, ranked in the UK top 10.

School placements are central to the course and 24 of the 36 weeks will be spent in school. As an intending teacher, you will begin by developing professional awareness, understanding and skills common to learning and teaching in a variety of settings. You will begin to understand the inter-relationship between the school and its community. Your placements will be in at least two different schools or colleges and will range from inner city to rural settings, mixed and single gender schools, City Academies, Comprehensives and Selective Schools, 11-16, 11-18, sixth form and further education colleges.

Special Features

. Programme rated Ofsted 'outstanding'
. European Award for Languages 2010: Teacher Training Toolkit for COLT (Community and Lesser Taught Language Project)
. National reputation in secondary teacher education
. Practice placements available in a diverse range of schools and colleges
. SKE courses available where required (on confirmation of PGCE place)
. Community languages considered
. Course includes 60 Masters Level CAT points which can be credited to our MA Language Education for teachers wishing to develop expertise teaching bilingual learners, English as a first language and MFL
. Access to NQT alumni support in your first year of teaching

Visit the PGCE Secondary Modern Foreign Languages page on the Manchester Metropolitan University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2:2 or above, containing substantial study of your main language or equivalent. Evidence is required of relevant experience in a UK secondary school. GCSE English Language and Mathematics, Grades C or above. All PGCE applicants for 2014 entry will need to pass pre-entry Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy.

Course Fees

Full-time UK students: £9,000. Non-EU international Students: £12,500

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