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Career changer wanting to teach additional languages...

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by Lara mfl 05, Jan 14, 2011.

  1. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    No doubt someone will correct me if I'm wrong but my understanding is QTS (whether thro' PGCE, GTP et al) qualifies you to teach, full stop. You may have a main & subsidiary subject but often may be required to teach other subjects particularly if you're MFL, so all those language should put you ahead of a lot of other potential candidates.
    Best of luck.Do read about what's happening with languages at the moment tho' as changes for better or worse may be afoot- not what Uni govt tell you but the real story on MFL forums!
  2. My degree is in Arabic but I am starting a PGCE this year to teach French, German and Russian. Even though my degree wasn't in any of these languages, I was still successful at interview. Once you are qualified, you can teach any languages you capable of speaking well enough, given the opportunity, not just those listed on your certificate. I hope to offer other languages too as well as French, German and Russian, such as Japanese, Italian, Swedish etc. It would be useful if you could find a post at a specialist language college after completing your PGCE. That's what I plan to do anyway. That way, there would be more opportunity to offer languages other than just French, German or Spanish that the majority of schools offer. The more languages you offer, the more chance you would have of finding a post, I would say. I have studied 12 different languages, so I hope this would put me in a good position to obtain a post in a school that offers more than just 2 or 3 languages.
  3. Jessaki

    Jessaki Occasional commenter

    Hi there,

    I teach German and French, but studied neither of these. I actually did a degree in Ancient History, but when I decided to go into teaching, I figured training to teach languages would allow me to offer German and Classical Civilisation, as my PGCE is one of them and my degree in the other.
    I am a native German speaker and so there was never any question on whether or not I could do a languages PGCE, my university said that either you had a degree in the language you train to teach or you have a degree in something else but are able to speak the language, which may have been learnt through living in the country or through work etc...
    There was one girl on my course who studies business but had spent 2 years studying in Germany and so could speak fluent German and was also doing a languages PGCE, in stead of business.
    They will test your language at the PGCE interview, my guess would probably be French and Spanish (maybe German if you put on the application that you can speak it).
    As far as future jobs go, with that many languages I think you would be snapped up. The way things are going now with the Ebacc, being able to offer more languages which pupils can take at GCSE will be a distinct advantage.
    Good luck!

  4. gradyoldlady

    gradyoldlady New commenter

    A small word of warning! I requalified as an MFL teacher two years ago and have 4 languages at my disposition. I have been lucky enough to be employed doing supply for the last two years. However, I have found that despite having had loads of previous 'life experience', my age (44) has really gone against me. One school openly admitted it at interview and I know another rejected me because of this. (Hopefully you are younger than me). Also, I have found that schools are (for obvious reasons) looking for excellent subject knowledge. How many languages would you feel very confident teaching at A'level? This is a question that will be probed at interview and you will probably also be tested on. I am currently finding tthere are many native speakers competing for jobs. I hope that you decide to take the plunge - it is great fun and very rewarding.

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