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Can I be an English teacher?

Discussion in 'Thinking of teaching' started by jarjarbings, Dec 18, 2018.

  1. jarjarbings

    jarjarbings New commenter

    Hi guys,

    I'm a recent graduate with a first class degree in International Relations and Spanish (with year abroad) from St Andrews.
    I also grew up trilingual in French, German and English.
    I have an A at Higher in English.

    I love languages, don't get me wrong, but what I loved most in my degree was literature. I loved my comp lit classes, I did modules in drama, film, novels, poetry, I wrote about them in English ... just the source texts were in Spanish.

    Unfortunately, as a language teacher I'd be teaching a lot more grammar and vocabulary etc. than texts. Which I'm not opposed to, I think that's good and important, I'd just be far more excited to teach them literature.

    My question is, how likely would I be to get accepted into a PGCE in English?
    If I were to get my PGCE and specialise in foreign language teaching, how difficult would it be for me to further down the line teach English classes?

    I'd really value any advice you could give before I send off my application.

    Thanks for reading!
  2. 1FineDay

    1FineDay New commenter

    It is my understanding that most universities expect at least 50% of your degree to be English (literature, language, linguistics, or a mixture) so that you can satisfy the subject knowledge requirement. Failing that, many unis do allow applications from those who possess at least a B in English at A level. I'm not sure whether your Higher in English could satisfy that or not. It may be that you could receive a conditional offer based on your successful completion of an SKE course.

    The other option open to you is to complete a PGCE in MFL (which comes with a much higher bursary) and then apply for English teacher posts once you've passed your NQT year and are fully-qualified.

    Ultimately, I recommend that you contact universities directly and explain your situation as it is quite unique!
    agathamorse likes this.
  3. schoolsout4summer

    schoolsout4summer Star commenter

    But WHY would you want to be an English teacher? Unless, of course you wish to teach English in foreign climes?
    agathamorse and pepper5 like this.

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