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Teaching a subject other than languages

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by sun5hine, Mar 22, 2019.

  1. sun5hine

    sun5hine New commenter

    Out of curiosity how many teach a language plus another subject that is not languages. I ask as it came up in an I interview and lost out because of this.
  2. Caity52

    Caity52 New commenter

    I only used to teach languages but since having moved to an international school I now teach a huge range of things. Music, EFL and I have done some general primary as well. I would never have claimed to be a specialist in any of these things but actually my years of MFL teaching experience have meant that I have the basic skills to teach them all and despite the terror of the first times I have actually grown to love the variety I get here. I don't think the children are losing out, all the subjects are things I have a high level of knowledge of, they are just not the subjects I have a degree or teaching experience in. I will feel differently if I suddenly have to teach advanced maths of physics though...
  3. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    I taught English in two different schools as well ..... in Secondary
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  4. Dodros

    Dodros Star commenter

    Learning is a lifelong business for the teacher as well as the school student. I was fortunate enough to start teaching French and German during the 1970s when I built up my basic knowledge and skills and to have then followed the lead of our local authority MFL adviser into the microcomputer revolution of 1983, which not only enriched my MFL teaching repertoire but also enabled me eventually to teach ICT as a subject in its own right, which I did right up to the day of my retirement. One of the upsides of filling in for absent colleagues was the ability to see how much work across the curriculum was literacy-based, not only in history and geography but also in Maths and Science. I gleaned many new ideas from the textbooks used to teach other subjects. All that's needed is an open mind and a willingness to see interesting possibilities in subjects other than MFL, both to enrich classroom delivery of MFL and to explore whether, when and how to branch out into teaching other subjects. After all, by middle age, PE teachers are probably ready to investigate ways of escaping the cold muddy playing field in wintertime for the warmth of the classroom despite the increase in marking the move will entail.
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  5. agathamorse

    agathamorse Senior commenter

    In my first year of teaching, 1995, I taught French and German to GCSE and KS3 history. I didn't even have O level history but I learned ahead of the pupils, had a great HoD and I read around the topics. Also at that school we ran evening clases for adults, we got paid extra for those and I taught typewriting and NVQs in ICT. I could at least type and I had studied ICT as part of my degree.
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  6. MissGeorgi

    MissGeorgi Occasional commenter

    I trained to teach MFL but have steadily moved over to teaching Geography (part of my degree) as demand for my language (German) has dropped off. Now i’m starting to go back to languages again! I have also had RE teaching posts.
    I also mark AQA GCSE geography papers now.
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