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Spanish on new school timetable but not a Spanish teacher!

Discussion in 'Secondary' started by missrobinhood1973, Apr 9, 2019.

  1. missrobinhood1973

    missrobinhood1973 New commenter

    I’m a qualified French teacher and start a new job in a few weeks. I’ve just found out, however, that I have Spanish on my timetable up to year 10. I don’t speak a word and Im really starting to panic. Does any one have any advice? I’m concerned that I’m going to have to study and prepare for hours and hours in advance. This is definitely not what I was expecting or even warned might be an option!

    Thanks in advance!
  2. bonxie

    bonxie Lead commenter

    Contact the school and point out that you're very surprised to have Spanish on your timetable since you don't speak a word of it and it wasn't mentioned in the interview or job description. Ask if this is an error in the timetable you were sent. If it isn't, at least you have forewarned them that they can't expect you to be an expert in teaching a language you've never studied. They may be able to alter their timetabling so that you teach more French lessons and somebody else does the Spanish.
    JohnJCazorla and strawbs like this.
  3. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    (And it's possible that somebody has sent you the outgoing teacher's timetable, not realising that swaps are being arranged for when you take over.)
  4. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    Contact the school today.
    annascience2012 likes this.
  5. tb9605

    tb9605 Established commenter

    Agree with all the above....

    However, if the worst comes to the worst, Spanish is not that hard (I say this as somebody who studied French at school for 13 years, then moved to Spain ab initio and became better at Spanish in 12 months than I was at French!) and the level you will need will not be high... sadly not even at Year 10, I suspect.
  6. sparkleghirl

    sparkleghirl Star commenter

    In line with what tb9605 says, tell the school you'll be delighted to take on the spanish if they'll fund a 4 weeks immersion course in spain for you first. Then pick your city ;)
  7. Skeoch

    Skeoch Lead commenter

    My guess is that you've inherited your predecessor's timetable, and no-one has bothered to tell the timetabler that it needs changing!
    FrankWolley likes this.
  8. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    My guess is that the timetabler has a list of the changes, but can't put them into the system until this term ends, because the system can only hold the current timetable. Meanwhile someone has asked someone else to send Miss Robin Hood a copy of her timetable, and they have assumed that Miss Outgoing-Teacher's timetable is the one required,
  9. MissGeorgi

    MissGeorgi Occasional commenter

    Contact the HOD as soon as you can. Either you need some dispensations or there’s a mistake. But, it’s very easy to pick up- and i have only got GCSE french!

    I’m an MFL teacher (German specialist) and I’ve just agreed to take on some Spanish teaching. There’s a huge shortage of Spanish specialists (of those with also good English, I’m informed).

    I’m happy to do this, as I’m getting experience in another language, but under the proviso of:
    All resources provided
    They are classes shared with a spanish specialist who can answer technical questions
    Older classes do past papers in class and then mark against official markscheme. I have assertively made it very clear to them I am not a specialist and their other teacher will help with questions. However I can usually help, as i have the language teaching methodology
    I have a few extra PPA to learn it (using great YouTube channels)
    Keep to set chunks of language each class.
    Have Collins Spanish dictionary up on laptop
    Go through all tasks thoroughly beforehand to check language

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