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Preparing to teach A-level-advice

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by attentionseeker1, Mar 2, 2011.

  1. I am hoping to find a job where I can teach A-level French from September but I am worried about my ability to teach kids up to A-grade.
    I have the appropriate qualifications on paper (1st from Oxf) but after a few years working in a non-languages-related career and then as a teacher only teaching up to GCSE level (11-16 school), I feel like my French is not at the level it once was- particularly when it comes to use of the subjunctive, past historic, very idiomatic language etc.
    This problem is in addition to having to get to grips with the new AS/A-level syllabus!
    I can't leave my family to go and spend a few weeks in France to 'top-up' as it were and I'm sure that once I have taught the full A-level a few times I will look back on this crisis of confidence and laugh (I hope) but at the moment I am really worried about it as I am a bit of a perfectionnist and don't want to let the brightest kids down.
    Would a summer of looking at the spec/coursebooks/revision of lesser used tenses etc etc be enough do you think or would you only give the job to someone who was 100% fluent?
     
  2. I am hoping to find a job where I can teach A-level French from September but I am worried about my ability to teach kids up to A-grade.
    I have the appropriate qualifications on paper (1st from Oxf) but after a few years working in a non-languages-related career and then as a teacher only teaching up to GCSE level (11-16 school), I feel like my French is not at the level it once was- particularly when it comes to use of the subjunctive, past historic, very idiomatic language etc.
    This problem is in addition to having to get to grips with the new AS/A-level syllabus!
    I can't leave my family to go and spend a few weeks in France to 'top-up' as it were and I'm sure that once I have taught the full A-level a few times I will look back on this crisis of confidence and laugh (I hope) but at the moment I am really worried about it as I am a bit of a perfectionnist and don't want to let the brightest kids down.
    Would a summer of looking at the spec/coursebooks/revision of lesser used tenses etc etc be enough do you think or would you only give the job to someone who was 100% fluent?
     
  3. spsmith45

    spsmith45 New commenter

    As a HoD I would expect an A-level teacher to be at least quite fluent and preferably very fluent. I think grammar rules and range of vocab can be developed and as a 55 year old teacher of 30-odd years, my French is much better now than when I began, though I always had a good level of fluency.I suspect students value fluency above total accuracy and ultimate knowledge of every detail of grammar and vocab. Just my hunch.
     
  4. chriszwinter

    chriszwinter New commenter

    I agree with spsmith45's remarks, and suggest that you develop your French by going on line and downloading news bulletins. (I'm a German specialist; so I use ARD's Tagesschau, which I've been watching in the UK since the days of analogue satellite but more recently via the web.) TF1 has a downoadable broadcasts, straight from its website. So bring your French back up to date with those, backed up with articles from French newspapers onlline.
     

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