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I'm not teaching French

Discussion in 'Primary' started by unitmum, Jul 16, 2012.

  1. I'm an MFL co ordinator. We've been lucky this year and our PPA was taught by a French speaker, so staff didn't have to teach the subject. However, from Sept we all have to teach French. A Y6 colleague said she wasn't going to do it as she can't speak it and she wasn't interested in trying to learn it. Any tips on how to handle this situation. I'm trying to be less blunt! Thanks.
     
  2. I'm an MFL co ordinator. We've been lucky this year and our PPA was taught by a French speaker, so staff didn't have to teach the subject. However, from Sept we all have to teach French. A Y6 colleague said she wasn't going to do it as she can't speak it and she wasn't interested in trying to learn it. Any tips on how to handle this situation. I'm trying to be less blunt! Thanks.
     
  3. cally1980

    cally1980 Established commenter

    I would be blunt, there is no other way. She is a teacher and a language is statutory.
     
  4. marlin

    marlin Star commenter

    Why don't you teach her French lesson and she take your class for a subject you are happy to hand over to her? Surely this way the children will make better progress than having lessons with someone who can't speak the language?
     
  5. Milgod

    Milgod Established commenter

    Tell them that you agree with them as French is a pointless language to learn.
     
  6. marlin

    marlin Star commenter

  7. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    [​IMG]
     
  8. cally1980

    cally1980 Established commenter

  9. funambule

    funambule New commenter

    But French, or another language, will be statutory in KS2 from 2014- time to start gearing up!
     
  10. Being honest, I have an 'A' at french at GCSE but haven't touched it for 20 years. The prospect of having to teach it doesn't exactly fill me with joy either. I may give it a go if our subject leader demands it (but they wouldn't demand, and certainly not without offering some sort of support in terms of CPD). . .but I would be THRILLED if they suggested they taught my french and I taught their eg/ music. :)
     
  11. Milgod

    Milgod Established commenter

    Exactly. Now imagine those teachers that didn't even do GCSE French, or those that have never studied it at all.
     
  12. marlin

    marlin Star commenter

    Like me. Thank goodness I have never been asked to teach it!
     
  13. cally1980

    cally1980 Established commenter

    I have never been taught any kind of Spanish yet am able to teach it to KS2 level effectively. If training is offered I don't see the reluctance! I cannot imagine any teacher flat refusing to teach any other subject, why should MFL be any different?
     
  14. MarilynDan

    MarilynDan New commenter

    I forgot everything I ever learned about French years ago. I avoid going to France because I don't particularly like the place very much so I've had no need to speak it. (French is not a language commonly spoken in Europe other than by some French speaking Belgians).
    My Y2 partner and I had a very good arrangement. She taught my class music (her specialism) and I taught her class taught PE (not her favourite subject). We did that each year we taught together. I don't see any reason why this couldn't work in your case. Happily no languages were taught in KS1 or KS2 then.
    We did however have a qualified French teacher teaching throughout the Primary age range in one Primarty school in town thirty odd years ago. No idea how they funded it but if the government want such specialised teaching 'they' should pay for it IMHO.
     
  15. MarilynDan

    MarilynDan New commenter

    So how on earth do you/did you know how to pronounce the words???
     
  16. cally1980

    cally1980 Established commenter

    There are online programs that you can use to assist pronunciation. You can also ask people, eg your MFL coordinator.
     
  17. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    If children are being taught a foreign language it should be done well so they don't end up like the policeman on 'allo 'allo or Manuel on Fawlty Towers
     
  18. Is French the preferred subject of your other staff? If not, is there a language they would rather teach?
    Our school uses a French PPA teacher. Why are you not continuing with that arrangement?
    If it's not an option, then she will just have to lump it, and you will need to blunt! What are you offering in the way of CPD/schemes etc to make it as easy as possible?
     
  19. MarilynDan

    MarilynDan New commenter

    In this day and age when teachers are overwhelmed with this that and t'other, wouldn't it be much easier to just swap lessons and classes with someone more qualified so everyone is happy. Has no one done that before...........
     
  20. emilystrange

    emilystrange Star commenter

    i teach spanish and i've had some twilight sessions and a coupleof language day courses. it's not that difficult. good resources/dvds etc will do most of it for you. it's not that bad. i teach french as well, and hadn't touched that for 20 years. tbh, the level they need isn't exactly taxing.
     

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