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Can I teach KS1/2 French despite not using the language for 6 years?

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by youronlydoll, Sep 28, 2015.


Should I choose French as my specialism?

Poll closed Oct 5, 2015.
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  2. No

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  1. youronlydoll

    youronlydoll New commenter

    I am currently studying for my Primary PGCE at The University of Leicester and have been asked to consider taking French as my specialism subject, despite not using the language properly since A-level, six years ago.

    Automatically I would have chosen English as this is my pride and joy, however it is already a core subject and one I will still teach as a primary teacher. The pros of specialising in an MFL outweigh those of choosing English, but I fear I do not possess enough French at my finger tips to delve back into this area and teach it effectively.

    SO, if there is anyone out there who has experienced a similar thing and managed to regain your second language, or are MFL primary teachers and can tell me about the help that is available out there, the programmes you use to plan lessons, or just your opinion on whether it would be right for me to choose French or not, PLEASE let me know.
  2. Geekie

    Geekie Occasional commenter

    I would say go for it! Having A level already puts you at a higher level of competence than many teachers who are currently obliged to teach it. I'm sure that once you get into it, it will start to come back to you. Please feel free to use the KS2 resources on Light Bulb Languages, and you can read on my blog about what I do in the KS1 and KS2 Languages classroom http://changing-phase.blogspot.co.uk/ Good luck!
  3. judyc2013

    judyc2013 New commenter

    I didn't even have any French when I applied for my PGCE. I did my A level while on the course then subsequently got a degree while teaching full time Spanish and English to GCSE and A level so I would say that it is entirely possible to improve your level. I stuck to lower levels while I improved and in primary I think that your enthusiasm is more important than your level. The vocab is so small and repetition so important with songs and oral work that you really only need to master the commands, classroom words and then the specific vocab. I don't teach full time now due to a back problem I make resources, I'm concentrating on primary things specifically because there is such a need to support teachers who want to teach MFL but maybe lack the confidence to sign up for it. I would suggest Youtube for specific vocab related videos sounded by native speakers. There are lots of songs you can use to present language there. Then for fun games and worksheets I make things for and buy things from https://www.teacherspayteachers.com.

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