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The University of Portsmouth's PGCE Initial Teacher Training Secondary in Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) is a one-year, full-time course for graduates who wish to train as secondary school language teachers. It is run by the University's School of Education and Continuing Studies and offers the choice of following either the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education route (taking all modules at higher education level) or the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (with 60 credits towards a Master's degree). The most appropriate route for you can be discussed with the course leader.
Modern Foreign Languages is a foundation subject of the secondary curriculum at Key Stage 3 and an entitlement at Key Stage 4. Experience of working with Post 16 students can also be offered. On the PGCE course you will learn not only about issues related to MFL teaching, but also about developing an understanding of educational issues pertaining to teaching and learning, classroom interaction, the school curriculum and the school and society. As well as learning to become a competent classroom practitioner, you will learn to make important decisions and recognise the need for reflection and evaluation.
The MFL course integrates theory with practice and two-thirds of your time will be spent in a school, where you will be working closely with mentors and other school staff.
Throughout the year you will be engaged in considering a range of subjects including:
subject knowledge enhancement
ICT in the classroom
research into the pedagogy and psychology of learning MFL
special needs and inclusion
The University works closely in partnership with a number of schools. Two thirds of your time is spent in schools, where you will receive the support of school-based mentors required of the school's teaching staff. You will spend an increasing amount of time in school as the course progresses, beginning in Term One with three days per week. In Term Two, four days a week will be spent in school and in Term Three, five days a week. The emphasis throughout will be on helping you to gain progressively more confidence and competence in order to attain an increasing level of responsibility in the classroom.
You will need to be substantially independent in accessing relevant curriculum documents and approaching staff for guidance. In particular, you will need to plan your use of time very carefully. Early work in the Autumn Term at the University will be designed to help you prepare for and develop competence in these aspects.
A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, with a minimum of 50% content in an appropriate modern foreign language. Alternatively, native speakers require excellent communication skills in English. A second language to A level (or equivalent standard) in French, German or Spanish. Applicants offering only one foreign language are able to complete a short intensive Enhancement Course in French in order to achieve sufficient competence to teach a second language accurately and confidently at secondary level to at least Key Stage 3. GCSE Mathematics and English language at grade C or above, or equivalent. All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance. All applicants must pass the Teaching Agency's professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy before starting the course.
Applicants whose first language is not English, and who do not have GCSE English language at grade C or above, require English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 or equivalent with no component less than 6.0.
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Qualified Teacher status (QTS) on recommendation to the Teaching Agency.
You are normally required to take an English Proficiency Test.
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