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Primary French - Advice Needed!!

Discussion in 'Thinking of teaching' started by Lrh85, Jul 3, 2012.

  1. I have been invited for interview for Primary PGCE with French Specialism. As anticipated I have been informed that part of the interview will be conducted in French (I have no idea how long for) and I am really struggling to know how to prepare for this. I graduated four years ago with a 2:1 in French but I have to say I am quite rusty now! I am not sure whether this will be more of a general conversation in French or whether I will be asked specific aspects of the criteria (e.g. talk about classroom experience/educational issues) in French.
    Does anyone have any thoughts/advice on a good way in which I might prepare myself? I am worried about fudging my way through and getting stuck on important words - not being able to communicate what I want to say. I did think about developing some stock phrases as a starting point? If anyone has experience of this I'd love to hear from you!

    Thanks!
     
  2. I have been invited for interview for Primary PGCE with French Specialism. As anticipated I have been informed that part of the interview will be conducted in French (I have no idea how long for) and I am really struggling to know how to prepare for this. I graduated four years ago with a 2:1 in French but I have to say I am quite rusty now! I am not sure whether this will be more of a general conversation in French or whether I will be asked specific aspects of the criteria (e.g. talk about classroom experience/educational issues) in French.
    Does anyone have any thoughts/advice on a good way in which I might prepare myself? I am worried about fudging my way through and getting stuck on important words - not being able to communicate what I want to say. I did think about developing some stock phrases as a starting point? If anyone has experience of this I'd love to hear from you!

    Thanks!
     
  3. alice_in_wonderland73

    alice_in_wonderland73 New commenter

    Hi there - I was interviewed and accepted to do MFL secondary and I had part of my interview in French. I remember it as more a general chat about eg the ideal language teacher/classroom. As far as I'm aware, the interviewer just needs to get a broad sense of whether you can communicate in the target language. I'm sure you'll be fine - I was really worried about that part, but I needn't have worried ... my accent was heaps better than the interviewer's!! Good luck with it :)
     
  4. Congrats on the interview, where is it? I have been accepted on the same course as you and I can assure you that even if you're rusty, you have a french degree and will be totally fine! (I was studying a LLB Law with French law and language degree but had to finish my year abroad early so only have a LLB Law). My discussion in French was extremely short. I was interviewed at UEA and the first part of the 'french specialism' interview was in English about early childhood language acquisition (I made that sound really jargonny - it wasn't that complex, more like 'So, how do you think children learn a new language?' The second part was a few minutes in French about general issues, but I assure you a left-wing comment such as 'mais avec le nouveau gouvernement.....pfffft. je le doute!' will suffice!! I also have A-level German at a higher grade (A) than my French (B) and my interviewer was interested to know whether I would consider teaching that too even though I haven't done any since school. DO NOT PANIC!!!! And good luck x
     

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