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PGCE interview at Manchester University

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by a.blecher, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. Hi there!



    I have an upcoming PGCE interview for Secondary, German
    & French (MFL), at Manchester University.

    I would like to get some information about
    the interview process and the kind of questions I should expect. I'd be
    very happy if you could help me a little as I live abroad and don't know anyone here who
    did PGCE.


    Thanks a lot!

     
  2. Hi there!



    I have an upcoming PGCE interview for Secondary, German
    & French (MFL), at Manchester University.

    I would like to get some information about
    the interview process and the kind of questions I should expect. I'd be
    very happy if you could help me a little as I live abroad and don't know anyone here who
    did PGCE.


    Thanks a lot!

     
  3. Hello A.Blecher,
    I had my MFL interview a month ago, it was very relaxed.
    We were about 12 or 13.
    The interviewer first gave explanations about the course, the requirements ect..
    We had to write a piece of reflective writing about why we wanted to be teachers and what a teacher should be like (to test our English).
    We had a test in the target language, nothing hard, to check vocabulary, spelling, grammar and so on.
    We also had a 4 minute presentation to do, teaching something to the other candidates in the target language and then we had an interview one by one.
    Questions were about why I wanted to be a teacher (in French), then questions about differentiation, how to help reluctant pupils enjoy a foreign languages, questions about inclusion and the benefits of pupils with different languages and backgrounds, also which part of your MFL could be really hard to teach according to you.
    I think that you need to reflect a lot on why you want to teach, what you can bring into the profession, your strenghts and you also need to read a lot about the challenges in modern classrooms and what issues pupils and teachers have to face.
    And your subject knowledge needs to be top.

    Good luck to you!

    PS: My interview was not at Manchester Uni, but I think that generally speaking you need to think about all the things I mentioned.
    I've spent the 3 weeks before my interview religiously reading TES and other Educational papers. Very good for preparation as you need to show that you are aware of issues in education.

     

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