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MFL PGCE Interview University of Birmingham

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by nat3alie, Jan 3, 2008.

  1. I've just been scrolling through to try and find out some advice on the interview for MFL PGCE. Having failed miserably I've started it up myself.

    I have a PGCE interview at the end of next week for MFL and was wondering what the general structure of the interview was? I understand it takes place mostly in the target language but what questions in particular are likely to be in French?

    Do you have any other pointers?

    Many Thanks,
    Natalie

     
  2. I've just been scrolling through to try and find out some advice on the interview for MFL PGCE. Having failed miserably I've started it up myself.

    I have a PGCE interview at the end of next week for MFL and was wondering what the general structure of the interview was? I understand it takes place mostly in the target language but what questions in particular are likely to be in French?

    Do you have any other pointers?

    Many Thanks,
    Natalie

     
  3. marmot.morveux

    marmot.morveux New commenter

    Well, start with the following questions....

    Why teaching?
    Why Birmingham?
    Why MFL?
    Why secondary?

    ...and be able to answer them well and in English and target language. (Although I suspect these questions would be asked in English.)

    Have a good look through your personal statement and have something to say and be able to justify everything on it.

    Be able to talk about any related experience you have in teaching, such as working with young people or observation days in schools.

    Also be able to talk about the latest 'en vogue' teaching issues such as those related to MFL or teaching in general.

    There you go, a few things to get you started...
     
  4. marmot.morveux

    marmot.morveux New commenter

    I have just had another look at your questions and am not sure I answered them properly!

    I don't think you can second guess what might be asked in French. During my interview, I was asked general questions in French such as...tell me about the time you have spent in a French-speaking country ie your Erasmus year or time spent as a French assistant. I think any question asked in French is likely to be worded in general terms. This would give you the opportunity to lead the conversation where you want it to go and towards vocab. with which you feel comfortable.

    If most of the interview is likely to be in French I would be prepared to answer anything relating to your personal statement in French including the experience relating to your work with young people.

    With regard to interview structure, have you received anything from the university? If not, I would be inclined to contact them and ask. When I had my interview I was told exactly what would happen.
     
  5. i had to answer the question 'tell me about your time spent abroad' and describe cultural differences that exist between france / england.
     
  6. i had to answer the question 'tell me about your time spent abroad' and describe cultural differences that exist between france / england.
    Also i had to write 2 essays (one in French and one in Spanish) and then do a teaching activity in Spanish (teach free time to year 9).

    Make sure you know your personal statement inside out as they will use this to delve into your reasons for going into the profession. Also, read up on the problems faced by teaching languages and ways to oversome them.
    these are some questions i got asked.
    1. mfl is an option now , is it a good thing /bad thing
    2. Differences between boys and girls in relation to mfl results and interes
    3. how would you motivate boys to learn languages?
    4. How would you deal with a class of year 9s who have all decided to stop learning langauges after key stage 3?
    5. If you had an EAL pupil in your class would you think it is acceptable to remove the pupil from the MFL classroom in order to learn English first?
    6. Pros and cons to MFL being taught in primary.
    Good luck
     
  7. You are likely to have to put a story together in the target language by using a few visual prompts or to say how you would use a particular picture with a particular age group. I understand this has been part of the interview in previous years.
     


  8. I did my PGCE. at B'ham uni. There are 2 course tutors. I was with the German/ French specialist (Dr.CG). I think the other one takes the (French)/ Spanish lot.

    They were very keen on communicative methodology and using the target lang., but not to the detriment of grammar which was to be presented in "patterns".
    And making lessons "entertaining" and stimulating.
    We spent a lot of time producing our own materials (worksheets/roleplays/ visual stimuli).

    If you are being interviewed by CG.(a really nice lady and former HOD.) then it pays to know that she LOVES dogs! Just in case,you get asked about hobbies and so forth..

    She used to bring her dog into tutorials..great for me as I have 2 and worship them, too..but not so great for folk who do not like animals/dogs!

    Good Luck! I had a brilliant time and was given a lovely Worcestershire school after a "rough" placement in a "ruff" inner-city Brum school.
    We were all up till 1-2am every morning preparing stuff,but it was one of the Happiest times of my life and Birmingham is a great city (says she,a Brummie, who lives just downb the road from the uni!).

    Only downside, we got the PGCE. certificate thro' the post -I would have liked to attended the graduation ceremony there as it is a lovely campus.
     
  9. Thank you so much for all your help. Currently revising my stuff for the interview, never thought I would have to do this again. I think the key is keeping calm and being yourself. I had to speak French randomly in a restaurant and realised I hadn't actually forgotten anything (I graduated last June) which is encouraging.

    Thank you again. xxx
     
  10. Hi
    I have just been reading this thread with great interest as I have my PGCE interview at Uni of Birmingham in May. I have been in industry for the past 11 years and my French has slipped somewhat! In fact apart the occasional holiday I really haven't used it at all. I have been revising like crazy and am worried I still have a long way to go. Would you mind telling me what you were asked in French - the english part I think I'm prepared for. Also I believe there is a translation exercise - at what level is this? I REALLY want to get on this course so any help would be great.
    Thanks in advance.
    Sally
     

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