Hi, I have just finished (in June) my assistantship as part of my year abroad for my degree course. My degree is combined Spanish and development studies. I started university as a (very!) mature student who had only ever studied CSE French and had never studied Spanish... I have come to love Spanish and Spain and have some knowledge of Latin America through the development studies half of my course and love the cultural aspect of learning a language. I wanted to do the assistantship this year to gain experience of teaching and to see if it was for me. I loved it! However, while I had a fantastic experience and my Spanish has improved, I feel very insecure about it and I decided to stay on in Spain for the summer and I'm currently doing a Spanish course for 6 weeks before heading back for my final year. I'm going to apply for both the PGCE and (now) the SDP to hopefully gain a place to start 2013 and during my final year will be studying a beginners French course so I can (eventually) offer 2 languages as this is what seems to be required. My question is about my subject knowledge and the level required to teach secondary Spanish and the opportunity to continue to learn while you are training and (hopefully) working in a school. I would love the opportunity to teach languages but worry about my late start and level. Although I passed my second year and have progressed during the year abroad, I wonder if it's going to be enough. What are the CPD opportunities for language teachers? Are there many opportunities to consolidate and progress your language while you are training, and then teaching, and do you develop your language skills with help from colleagues? Do many of you spend your holidays on courses and if so, have they helped with your teaching? I do love learning and would be very happy to go on more courses and continue to improve but should I know nearly everything before training to teach?