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Trainees following the Primary Modern Languages pathway will learn to teach across the primary curriculum and will take an additional specialist module in primary modern languages.OverviewThe aim of this pathway is to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills to teach a modern foreign language effectively and creatively within the primary curriculum. In particular, the programme focuses on the role that languages play in relation to their inclusion as a statutory element of the
Trainees following the Primary Modern Languages pathway will learn to teach across the primary curriculum and will take an additional specialist module in primary modern languages.
The aim of this pathway is to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills to teach a modern foreign language effectively and creatively within the primary curriculum. In particular, the programme focuses on the role that languages play in relation to their inclusion as a statutory element of the National Curriculum, focusing on good practice as outlined in the Key Stage 2 Framework for Languages. You will be encouraged to develop your reflective and analytical skills both as a professional practitioner and as a languages specialist. The programme is taught mainly through seminars, workshops and school placements that enable you to develop your specialism.
School placements will be based in Key Stage 2, reflecting the statutory nature of the subject in this Key Stage. However, the programme covers teaching and learning from 5-11 and, once qualified, you will be eligible to teach across the primary age range.
The course consists of approximately 30 hours of seminars and workshops with a primary languages focus, including:
the history of primary languages and how this relates to current practice
an examination of the KS2 Framework for Languages
how children learn a foreign language
knowledge about language
primary languages pedagogy
the role of the Subject Co-ordinator
raising the profile of languages in schools
practical ideas for language activities in the classroom
links with other areas of the primary curriculum
the contribution languages can make to the primary curriculum
teaching languages to children with special educational needs and for whom English is an additional language
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. The taught element is made up of timetabled seminars, lectures and self-directed study. You will be asked to work individually and as part of small and larger groups.
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.
We are looking for applicants with a 2:1 or above in their first degree. We expect applicants to have at least good A level French, Spanish or German, preferably to degree level, or to have spent time living in a French, Spanish or German-speaking country. Some experience of a second language would be an advantage, but is not essential.
While as standard we normally only accept applicants who meet this criteria, if you have a 2:2 or equivalent, or are coming from a different academic background which is equivalent to degree level, you are welcome to make an application through UCAS for consideration or contact our PGCE Admissions team for more information.
We advise all applicants to gain some school-based experience in a state school prior to interview. Although this is not essential it would be an advantage to be able to reflect on any school-based experience or experience working with young people in another context at interview.
Passes at GCSE in English, Mathematics and Science at Grade C. Please note that although the DfE requirement is a grade C, we will generally only consider applicants with a grade B or above in Mathematics and English and a grade C in Science.
The University of Exeter is a global university and a member of the leading research-oriented UK universities, The Russell Group, The European University Association and the AMBA. As demonstrated in the REF 2014, 98% of the University of Exeter’s postgraduate research has been rated to be of international quality.
Out of its 27,000 students from over 150 countries, 5,600 of these are postgraduates, studying across the university’s three main campuses located across the South West. St Luke’s Campus and Streatham Campus are both based in Exeter, while Penryn Campus is located in Cornwall. All three campuses offer a unique location with beautiful beaches and countryside on their doorstep.