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How do I qualify to teach SFL?

Discussion in 'Further Education' started by edermo, Jan 31, 2011.

  1. Hi,
    I moved to Newcastle from Ireland a few months ago. I have a post grad qualification in primary teaching (probably the equivalent to the pgce) and various experience. I also have a TESOL certificate and I have worked as a TESOL teacher in Ireland during my summers.
    Since I moved here I have seen lots of jobs advertised looking for SFL tutors. It is something I would be interested in doing but I can't seem to find out what qualifications I need. When they talk about levels in literacy and numeracy I don't know what they mean. How do I go about becoming qualified to teach them to adults. I'm obviously qualified to teach children. I've applied for a few voluntary support roles to get some experience but nothings come of them yet.
    Is there an organisation that could help me out or somewhere I could find out about courses? I've googled it loads of times but I've been left more confused than ever! Thanks for your time!
     
  2. Hi,
    I moved to Newcastle from Ireland a few months ago. I have a post grad qualification in primary teaching (probably the equivalent to the pgce) and various experience. I also have a TESOL certificate and I have worked as a TESOL teacher in Ireland during my summers.
    Since I moved here I have seen lots of jobs advertised looking for SFL tutors. It is something I would be interested in doing but I can't seem to find out what qualifications I need. When they talk about levels in literacy and numeracy I don't know what they mean. How do I go about becoming qualified to teach them to adults. I'm obviously qualified to teach children. I've applied for a few voluntary support roles to get some experience but nothings come of them yet.
    Is there an organisation that could help me out or somewhere I could find out about courses? I've googled it loads of times but I've been left more confused than ever! Thanks for your time!
     
  3. Hi Edermo,

    I am teaching ICT Functional Skills which are currently replacing the Skills for Life subjects (not much difference between them though!)
    In my case, I am on the PGCE course in Life Long Learning/Post 16-Compulsory Education.
    As you have an equivalent teaching qualification though in compulsory sector, you may need to do a sort of "update" on your skills so you become familiar with teaching in the FE sector.
    Best people to talk to are LLUK - http://www.lluk.org/
    When I was looking to move from my previous career into teaching, these were the people I contacted and I had excellent help and advice from them via email.
    There is one other "body" you should contact. That is the IfL - http://www.ifl.ac.uk/ Its compulsory to join them as they are the professional body for teachers/lecturers etc who teach in the FE/Post Compulsory sector.
    I joined them, and have not had any welcome to IfL email/pack or anything. I have had emails from them but nothing to make me "feel welcome". So far, I feel that joining IfL has just been a "tick box" exercise which is part of my PGCE course.
    As a trainee, joining IfL is free - the government pays for the fee.
    Hope that helps
     

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