SECONDARY MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGESUniversity of East Anglia
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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Degree Subject Languages Degree Classification 2:2 or above preferred. Special Entry Requirements Please see below. Entry Requirement DEGREE REQUIREMENTS Applicants are required to have achieved a degree or its equivalent* in languages, languages and literature or linguistics by the beginning of the PGCE programme in September. In addition to high level language skills, applicants should have a good knowledge of the countries and cultures where the language(s) offered are spoken. The main languages currently required by schools are French, German and Spanish,...
What you'll learn on the course
PGCE SECONDARY COURSE: TEACHING MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES
Your focus will be on a number of areas, including the nature of communication in the classroom, the development of language skills - giving pupils the ability to initiate conversation and to develop greater independence in reading, writing and listening in a foreign language.
You will be using a range of language learning strategies. Topics covered will include the use of the target language, differentiation, the teaching of grammar, intercultural awareness and global citizenship, and special needs and diversity. Research on wider educational issues such as motivation, personalisation, gender and achievement, language take-up and different teaching and learning styles, including the use of the target language and grammar teaching, will also be considered and are essential to an understanding of effective MFL teaching.
You will work in pairs and groups as well as individually on specific tasks. Through collaboration, you will also keep developing your first and second languages in interactive group settings. Tasks throughout the course will help you to link your reflections on language teaching with practice in the classroom. You will build up a bank of language teaching resources and a glossary of key expressions to support work in the classroom.
You will thrive on this course if you are a linguist who is passionate about language learning. You will have a strong desire to inspire pupils to love and enjoy the languages and cultures you are teaching. You will want your pupils to take this passion for language with them into the world.
You will be learning to teach in a world where technologies have enhanced communication links, bringing different countries and cultures closer together. You will learn to make the most of a wide range of ICT tools to achieve greater authenticity in the classroom.
The course will give you the skills to remove barriers to learning. You will learn to create a positive and inclusive learning environment where language learning is enjoyable for all. All of this will be achieved within the demands of the National Curriculum, GCSE and post-16 specifications.
As a language student, you will have full use of the James Platt Centre for Language Learning at UEA to help develop your language skills. Use this state-of-the-art resource to read and listen for example, to the news in your chosen language.
Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.