This is simply ridiculous, eTeach just published a worrying article which I completely believe to be true. Schools are making a joke of specialities and forcing Teachers to teach subjects they might not even know about. Even 5 subjects. Not too long ago I already experienced something similar at a School which supposedly gave MFL adequate importance (Languages is part of its name, at the end of the day!). I am a native Spanish speaker with a QTS in my mother tongue and I am not happy teaching any other language simply because I do believe that specialist MFL Teachers should have at the very least a C1 for KS3 and C2 for A Level. Otherwise we enter into charlatan's territory, not respecting the profession nor the students. I do not have that command in other languages, just enough to travel and enjoy a few days using a bit of the lingo, I would not dream to pretend that I could teach them. However, at the interview at that School I was told that next term I could have to teach French, and not to worry because " a good Teacher can teach anything", at the end of the day MFLs are just a bit of Grammar and Vocabulary. Of course, if I was not able "to teach anything", it would be only because I am a bad Teacher. Talk about bullies! I have met many Teachers with supposedly a high command of the language, teaching at A Level and I could not even understand them, lots of mistakes and poor fluency. And they are teaching! What's even worse, it does not matter how badly they teach that language, but if they say that they can also teach another one, they are given the position over honest Teachers saying that they have a real and proper speciality and are able to teach at all levels. I am being pressed into entering SKE with online systems so that "I can teach" another language, but I know -and WE ALL know- that that is ridiculous, don't we and don't they know? SKE? To think that in one year somebody with basic language skills can improve enough as to actually teach children without attacking their right of a good education is nonsense. Maybe if they start with a good B1-B2 they might end up at C level in a year. But no, I'm not saying that only native Teachers should teach their language, I have met many British Teachers with a fantastic command of Spanish (the only language I can comment on), but that comes with a long time learning and long stays in the country in real immersion. However I get comments from other Teachers saying that they managed to "become able to teach" another MFL in one year with Rosetta Stone, KS3, mind you. Yes, that is the very best way of introducing a language to the children, by giving them a Teacher with a low command of the language they are told to learn, and still try to infuse some interest and passion into them so that they will want to properly learn the language later on. It also shows how important the School believe that subject to be, giving them a Teacher with the barely minimum to be able to give a ready made lesson but please do not ask me anything out of the plan. That School with the "good Teacher" mantra has been trying to get a Spanish Teacher for a while, they don't seem to last. And the other School where a Teacher was chosen over 2 native Spanish applicants because he was supposed to be able to teach Spanish and French, is already looking for a Spanish Teacher, I guess a few A Level students told how badly his level really was. In the meanwhile I still cannot find a job as a Spanish Teacher, I am not getting School experience and I am being wasted. Why does it have to come to this? I would prefer a part-time position teaching my real speciality than faking a command that I perfectly know I don't have, and knowing that students will end up exposing me for what the School made of me, a disgraceful charlatan. And to see that the very same happens in other specialities is heart breaking.