Liverpool John Moores University
Modern Foreign Languages
Train to become an outstanding teacher of Secondary Modern Languages with Liverpool John Moores University. Graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
The course involves the exploration of practical teaching and learning methodologies which are underpinned by the latest research. You will participate in several training days in different schools in addition to those where you will undertake your teaching practice.
The course explores teaching and learning in the four modern language skills, the pedagogy of grammar teaching, ICT, how to integrate the cultural dimension and the use of authentic media. It also covers the transition from primary school and supporting pupils on post-16 courses.
To join this PGDE, you should have a first degree (or recognised equivalent) in a Modern Languages related discipline normally with significant content in French, Spanish, German or a combination. The degree classification should be at 2:2 or above. Applications are also welcome from graduates in other disciplines who are native or near-native speakers of French, Spanish or German. Applicants whose qualifications were not gained in the UK may be required to have their equivalence checked through NARIC.
Additional requirements for the programme include:
- GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent qualification).
- A demonstrable interest in teaching within the curriculum area. You could show this in a number of ways – time spent in schools, knowledge of the chosen curriculum area, relevant practical experience. A minimum of 10 days’ work experience in a UK Secondary school is normally required prior to commencing the programme. We can help to arrange this for successful applicants
- Applicants offering German as their main language should also have adequate subject knowledge to competently teach French or Spanish to Key Stage 3 before commencing the PGDE course.
Applicants will need to pass Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy prior to entry to this programme. A Disclosure and Barring Service check and a DfE Fitness to Teach health form are required.
The University element of the programme is based around modules focusing on:
- developing your subject and pedagogical knowledge in order to support you in becoming a reflective, skilled and effective practitioner
- critiquing effective approaches to learning, teaching and assessment in your subject and/or age phase
- promoting your ability to design inclusive, engaging and impactful sequences of lessons to meet the diverse needs all learners
- informed and deliberate use of educational research to improve pupils’ learning
Course assessment methods include: critical reflections on research and practice, small scale research projects, the design and analysis of learning experiences, presentations and a portfolio of professional activities.
You will need to monitor your progression towards achieving the professional standards required for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and to maintain a professional development portfolio associated with these.
A final assessment of your achievement of the Teachers’ standards required will be based on observation and assessment of your teaching practice and the evidence base that you develop during training.
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