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Advice for A-Level English application, have PGCE(not subject specific) but degree not in English

Discussion in 'English' started by Di_1985, Jan 20, 2011.

  1. Hopefully some of you may be able to advise?
    I have a degree in Marketing and Public Relations
    therefore completed my PGCE:Teaching in the LifeLong Learning
    Sector(14+) in a business department of a sixth form college. As I did a
    degree in the Business School of my University, it seemed natural I
    would train as a business teacher. My PGCE is not subject specific(nor
    is it full QTS as I found out halfway through my course but meerly
    'QTLS').


    I am not yet employed. I would like to apply for a position
    teaching an English A Level course, I have a good natural ability with
    English(since a very young age) and feel that as an NQT even teaching
    Business is a learning curve for me and therefore diverting to another
    subject should not present a much greater challenge.Most Further
    Education A Level courses require a relevant degree.
    So my questions:
    1)
    Can I draw out my English and Literary experience from completion of my
    degree and argue how I have continued practising good English skills
    (i.e. Layout and completion of Dissertation/Public Relations campaigns =
    creative writing)? I have also worked on a University newspaper
    writing, completed administration courses prior to university (creating
    letters for business etc.) and consider myself to have a very natural
    ability and passion for English, is this what I should focus on or
    should I focus more on the course specification and how I feel I have
    experience to deliver it? I do not have any official English
    qualifications other than GCSEs and an 'English for Business'
    qualification i gained at college so I want to know the best way to
    demonstrate my ability to teach the subject. (Sorry I appreciate this is
    not a clean-cut question)
    2) There is only a very basic Personal
    Specification that seems quite generic to any subject, how much should I
    highlight my English experience in my personal statement (as in, I
    think it could be overkill if I list favourite authors or what materials
    I have read!?). If it had a more detailed Personal Specification I may
    have had a better guide for this!
    3) Some of the documents I have
    been sent include a staff list(why!?), department aims and pastoral
    organisation. Perhaps this is more important to touch on in my Personal
    Statement?
    I appreciate these questions are very subject
    specific, so I shall also consult the English section on here. I have
    seen my husband gain employment twice in roles where he didn't meet
    'Essential' requirements of the vacancy so always feel its worth a try
    applying! I have applied for several teaching roles, some in subjects
    other than Business but this is the first time I have had difficulty
    with my Personal Statement as there is so little Personal Specification
    to help me demonstrate how I fit what they are looking for.
    Many thanks,
    Dianne
     
  2. Hopefully some of you may be able to advise?
    I have a degree in Marketing and Public Relations
    therefore completed my PGCE:Teaching in the LifeLong Learning
    Sector(14+) in a business department of a sixth form college. As I did a
    degree in the Business School of my University, it seemed natural I
    would train as a business teacher. My PGCE is not subject specific(nor
    is it full QTS as I found out halfway through my course but meerly
    'QTLS').


    I am not yet employed. I would like to apply for a position
    teaching an English A Level course, I have a good natural ability with
    English(since a very young age) and feel that as an NQT even teaching
    Business is a learning curve for me and therefore diverting to another
    subject should not present a much greater challenge.Most Further
    Education A Level courses require a relevant degree.
    So my questions:
    1)
    Can I draw out my English and Literary experience from completion of my
    degree and argue how I have continued practising good English skills
    (i.e. Layout and completion of Dissertation/Public Relations campaigns =
    creative writing)? I have also worked on a University newspaper
    writing, completed administration courses prior to university (creating
    letters for business etc.) and consider myself to have a very natural
    ability and passion for English, is this what I should focus on or
    should I focus more on the course specification and how I feel I have
    experience to deliver it? I do not have any official English
    qualifications other than GCSEs and an 'English for Business'
    qualification i gained at college so I want to know the best way to
    demonstrate my ability to teach the subject. (Sorry I appreciate this is
    not a clean-cut question)
    2) There is only a very basic Personal
    Specification that seems quite generic to any subject, how much should I
    highlight my English experience in my personal statement (as in, I
    think it could be overkill if I list favourite authors or what materials
    I have read!?). If it had a more detailed Personal Specification I may
    have had a better guide for this!
    3) Some of the documents I have
    been sent include a staff list(why!?), department aims and pastoral
    organisation. Perhaps this is more important to touch on in my Personal
    Statement?
    I appreciate these questions are very subject
    specific, so I shall also consult the English section on here. I have
    seen my husband gain employment twice in roles where he didn't meet
    'Essential' requirements of the vacancy so always feel its worth a try
    applying! I have applied for several teaching roles, some in subjects
    other than Business but this is the first time I have had difficulty
    with my Personal Statement as there is so little Personal Specification
    to help me demonstrate how I fit what they are looking for.
    Many thanks,
    Dianne
     
  3. When writing about what you read you need to show you have knowledge of the whole of the history of English Literature. The A level course covers the whole of the period from Chaucer to the present day and novels, poems and plays so it would be good to show your experience of these.
    Do you read 'literary' novels, poems, plays? Do you have knowledge of the history of English Language and of English Literature? Do you enjoy dissecting literary texts, arguing and debating about the themes and concepts they contain? Do you enjoy comparing writers - Shakespeare with Behn, Bronte with Fitzgerald, Webster with Donne? Do you have experience of writing literary essays, analysing and criticising literary material? Can you use your knowledge and experience of literature to inspire young people and help them to understand and love it too? You need to say something about all these things.
    A-Level English requires more than a natural ability with English - it requires a high degree of knowledge and experience of English Literature and English Language, a sound grounding in the history of Literature and Language,the ability to analyse and criticise literary texts to a high level (using appropriate literary terminology/literary schools etc), an almost obsessive love of English Literature ... essential so that you can inspire your students ... if you can do this and more, then you'd be a great English A Level teacher.
    A level English departments are looking for expert teachers who really love the subject and who can teach it in a way that is inspiring and that will ensure students get GREAT grades. There's a lot of competition - last time we advertised we had 45 applications from expert teachers so good luck!
     

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