Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

Modern Foreign Languages

This PGDE course prepares you for a fulfilling career as an innovative and creative teacher of Modern Languages, enabling you to deliver an engaging and inspirational second language education to pupils. You can look forward to practical workshops, seminars and lead lectures which explore the four communicative skills; the value of target language use; the incorporation of the cultural dimension; grammar, use of film, literature and music; study trips abroad; primary languages and much more. You will consider the influences on motivation in second language learning, and how to plan and teach lessons that promote maximum student engagement. Local schools make a collaborative contribution to this course and facilitate workshops with students.

During your training, you will focus on the various approaches and pedagogies for Modern Languages, emphasising the practical application of theoretical learning. A sequence of micro-teaching experiences allow you to develop and share with peers, your understanding of learning and teaching strategies that support effective practice in the classroom. You will explore the signature pedagogies such as language learning strategies, developing intercultural understanding and inductive and deductive grammar learning. These sessions will help to deepen your understanding of the role and nature of Modern Languages in the curriculum and your own personal philosophy for teaching. You will also develop a historical understanding of Modern Languages in the National Curriculum, enabling you to develop a wide repertoire of teaching and learning approaches.

This programme enables you to fulfil the aims of the National Curriculum in promoting “a liberation from insularity” and “an opening to other cultures”. You will develop teaching skills enabling your students to “express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing”. The development of such experiences and skills are not only invaluable for young people’s education as teenagers, but also for their future lives in an interconnected world.

Entry requirements

You will usually have a minimum 2:2 honours degree (or recognised equivalent) in a Modern Languages-related discipline normally with significant content in French, Spanish, German or a combination. Applications are also welcome from graduates in other disciplines who are native or near-native speakers of French, Spanish or German. Those whose qualifications were not gained in the U.K. may be required to have their equivalence checked through NARIC.

Don't hold back from applying for teacher training in Modern Languages because of your subject knowledge. You may still be able to train to teach Modern Languages (and be eligible for the bursaries it attracts) by building up or refreshing your existing knowledge with a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) programme. So, if you want to teach Modern Languages but have an insufficient level of the subject in your degree to access the course, you should consider a fully funded subject knowledge enhancement course which could help prepare you to train to teach the subject effectively. 

Course modules

University-based study includes: 

  • a full-time block of three weeks at the start of the course in September
  • one day per week until January
  • six one-week study blocks at university between October and June
  • a number of conference days throughout the year

You will undertake a significant amount of independent study and preparation to support your course assignments and school-based work (planning, preparation and assessment); and should be prepared to work some evenings and weekends.

Assessment methods

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

PGDE assessment methods include: critical reflections on theory and practice, engaging with practitioner enquiry (as both a consumer and producer of research), the design and evaluation of learning experiences, and presentations.

On your placement, 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 co-observation and assessment of your teaching practice, with your mentor and tutor, and the evidence of pupils’ learning and progress in the classes that you teach.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGDE Full-time September 2019 £ 9,250 per Academic year (Home) 10 Months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
IM Marsh campus Liverpool L17 6BD North West

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IM Marsh campus
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