Initial Teacher Education

Modern Languages Initial Teacher Education

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Please note: The last date we will accept applications for courses starting in September 2022 is Monday 22 August 2022. Our final interviews sessions will take place the same week. Applicants must be available to attend an interview when invited between Monday 22 August and Friday 26 August 2022.

"The way that the modern languages team encourages students to engage with research and policy and become true reflective and critical practitioners is laudable."

This course will give you the necessary skills to support pupils to develop the linguistic skills and intercultural competence required to operate effectively as 21st century global citizens.

Five themes underpin the course, which embody developing incorporates developing innovative approaches to teaching and learning modern languages in schools for the future:

  • Content of modern languages learning and teaching
  • Communication in modern languages learning and teaching
  • Cognition and thinking skills through modern languages
  • Cultures for modern languages learning and teaching
  • Contexts for learning from classrooms to global communities

The following strands will run through the course:

  • Global citizenship/intercultural communicative competence
  • Funds of knowledge
  • Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) approaches
  • Technology-enhanced learning

You will have the advantage of studying in a multilingual, multicultural group, where discussion and the exchange of ideas between students of different backgrounds will form a key aspect of the course.

You will also be able to pursue and develop specific language skills both independently, and with the support of your tutor and peers, and according to individual needs. You will develop a portfolio of materials and examples of work through a programme called Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE), in order to maintain and improve your languages skills, as we expect all of our trainees to offer two languages for teaching, with a focus on being able to teach both confidently using Target Language.

What you will cover

You will study a wide variety of topics including:

  • the contribution of modern languages to the whole curriculum
  • approaches to language teaching and learning for intercultural understanding
  • using technology to support language learning
  • creativity in language learning
  • teaching grammar in context
  • lesson planning and preparation
  • differentiation in the language classroom
  • extending learning beyond the classroom

Language requirements

Applicants should have two languages - with one of them being French, Spanish or German. We welcome all language combinations and particularly value lesser-taught languages such as Russian and Mandarin. We also welcome all levels of second language proficiency, whether native or beginners, and support all applicants with their subject knowledge enhancement before and during the PGCE course. Please contact Ruth Koro if you have any queries.

The modern languages team

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School of Education

University of Nottingham
Jubilee Campus
Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB

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