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PGCE Secondary Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) with French

PGCE Secondary Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) with French

Key information
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Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Modern Languages Teaching / Training Teaching In Secondary Schools French Language

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Overview

The PGCE in Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) offers a course in French to graduates who are keen and eager both to bring to life within the 4 walls of the classroom the French language and the cultures of la francophonie which they themselves love and to nurture a life-long interest in language learning. The course enables you to explore the opportunities and challenges that face both teachers and learners of the French language in Britain today, the strategies for language acquisition and the need for intercultural understanding within the European dimension.

The University-based term offers the opportunity to engage with up-to-date research in languages education and provides a solid grounding in the approaches to language teaching, which also puts emphasis on communication and language as structure, as recommended in the National Curriculum. This part of the course includes interactive, practical workshops and seminars, peer teaching and assessment, subject-specific lectures, small group work and discussions. The school-based terms are spent in dynamic MFL departments of a wide choice of schools across the South West.

Provision is made for students to develop competence in German or Spanish as a second teaching MFL. The use of ICT is developed to enhance the future teacher's own skills as well as to contribute to the preparation for effective MFL teaching in the 21st century.

Learning and assessment

By learning on campus for most of the first term you access the tools to rapidly build professional knowledge to underpin your work in school placements.

Our unique approach gives you opportunities to learn and become part of a community of trainees and teachers who are passionate about education, and will support you during your course and beyond. We carry out a detailed skills audit with every trainee so we understand your particular development needs and can personalise elements of training to strengthen the skills you need to excel as a teacher.

During placements Exeter trainees benefit from the focused support of two School-based Tutors: a Principle Tutor who works as an expert partner, and a Mentor who develops and challenges your thinking about teaching in ways that can be used to enhance performance.

You will be supported in developing the full range of teaching skills and effective reflection that you will need in your first teaching post as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT).

The PGCE is a Masters level programme and once you have achieved QTS, you can continue your studies during your first year of teaching and work towards achieving a Masters in Education.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time

Duration

36 weeks

Start date

21-SEP-20

Modules

The principal aims of the module are to equip students with a comprehensive understanding of the background issues and practice of the current teaching of French in the secondary school, and to enable them to meet the Standards for the Award of Qualified Teacher Status.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)

£9,250

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)

£18,500

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally be expected to have a good Honours degree in French (minimum of a 2.2). Other qualifications of degree level equivalence will be considered, e.g. Final Diploma of Institute of Linguists. Native speakers of French should hold a qualification equivalent to a UK degree at a minimum of 2:2, usually a minimum of 3 years of study at an institution of Higher Education. The qualifications can be in any subject, since they have, by definition, the necessary language skills. An OU degree or other degree qualification in a subject other than a foreign language may be acceptable if the applicant can show at interview that residence abroad or other relevant experience has developed appropriate competence in the foreign language. Some further enquiry may be necessary in such cases to ensure adequate written competence and cultural awareness. Trainees in French, German and Spanish should have a second language (even if only at beginners' level) as this will help with the provision of placements, as well as finding a teaching post. However, applicants offering only one language are encouraged to still apply for a place on the course. If successful, and as a condition of their offer, applicants without a second modern language will be directed to apply for Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) funding from the DfE to complete an SKE course in a second language course prior to the PGCE course starting. Therefore it is essential to submit an early application to allow time for this. SKE is also available in applicants’ first language provided they already have a reasonably strong second language. As part of the offer, successful applicants will be signposted to appropriate courses to attend.