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PGCE Assignment Suggestions?

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by Fresa82, Sep 27, 2019.

  1. Fresa82

    Fresa82 New commenter


    I'm hoping for a bit of advice from all of you experienced MFL teachers. I'm an ITT student in MFL and have started thinking about which topic area I will write my first assignment on (so that I can use this to inform my reading - I am a mature student, experienced in MFL, but not teaching. I have young children, so want to use my time as efficiently as possible!)

    Our brief is quite open and I am new at this, I was hoping you could help with some suggestions of possible topic areas for me to look into further.

    Our assignment brief is: Investigate an aspect of current assessment policy / theory / practice in your subject and/or or age phase specialism.

    Also any additional advice or wisdom you can offer on the PGCE year or MFL teaching would be greatly appreciated (I'm following a SCITT based route) :)

    Thank you in advance!
  2. Jonntyboy

    Jonntyboy Lead commenter

    You could have a look at how the four skills are assessed and marked and what, if any, weighting is given to them. That would allow you to comment on how accurately they seem to reflect the students' individual abilities as you see them in class, and perhaps also in relation to targets and/or KS2 data - which can sometimes be, or seem, flawed.
    Or you could look at frequency of assessment, which in my experience can vary quite a bit between schools, and consider the benefits/disadvantages of testing at various intervals.

    Advice? Well maybe just two bits. One, make the many advantages of being multilingual - even if only at a basic level - very clear, show that you are enthusiastic about language learning, and communicate the fun and enjoyment of it to the kids if you can. And two, make sure they fully understand basic grammar in Y7 & 8, because that solves many problems in KS4 & 5.

    Best of luck, keep at it!
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  3. Dodros

    Dodros Star commenter

    When I taught secondary school French and German, I developed a research interest in MFL learners with special educational needs. When I saw your first assigment brief, it occurred to me that the special assessment needs of MFL learners with learning difficulties may be an interesting and informative area of study for you. If so, download a copy of the 2019-2020 edition of "Access arrangements and reasonable adjustments" from the Joint Council for Qualifications website at https://www.jcq.org.uk/exams-office/access-arrangements-and-special-consideration. This publication provides information about the variety of ways in which vulnerable students are ensured a "level playing field" while undergoing assessment in their subjects of study, including MFL. For example, you can read what can be done to support candidates taking a MFL listening test when they have a documented history of "persistent and significant difficulties in following speech at normal speed".

    Bonne chance ! / Viel Glück, whatever your choice of assessment topic turns out to be. Since you have chosen the SCITT route to qualified teacher status, the school setting where you do your teaching practice may help you narrow down the options available.
  4. Fresa82

    Fresa82 New commenter

    Thank you I’ll look into those :)

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