About the course
The French Modern Foreign Languages course will introduce you to the teaching of languages in secondary schools for young people aged 11-16. The course lays emphasis on language as a form of communication and on the value of language learning as a way of understanding other cultures and backgrounds.
The value and benefits of language learning are quickly becoming evident to young people, their parents and society as a whole. The associated challenges are exciting and the reward of seeing young people become multilingual and more aware of other cultures is great.
Our popular Modern Foreign Languages programme aims to:
•Empower you with the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills needed to become an effective and innovative teacher of Modern Foreign Languages
•Extend your awareness of the range and scope of Modern Foreign Languages as a subject in schools today
•Provide opportunities for you to experience and explore a variety of approaches for teaching
During the practical seminars we will introduce you to how people learn languages and, correspondingly, how best to teach them in schools. You will also study the outcomes of research, theory and the application of these in the classroom and beyond.
Throughout the course, there will be two separate periods in our partnership secondary schools. In the secondary school placements you will explore how to teach a language in a way consistent with the aims and processes of foreign language learning.
There are three integrated components: the concurrent course, the preliminary teaching practice and the main teaching practice. The concurrent course, undertaken in the two teaching practice schools, consists of three days of school-based work and two days of university-based work. These two elements fully complement each other and the work undertaken as part of the university-based MFL method course is applied during the school visits and teaching practices. Some of the teaching for the languages course will take place in a school setting.
The course is organised as three modules:
- Professional Issues in school based education
- Teaching and Learning in the Curriculum
- Self-directed Study
These modules provide an opportunity to explore, in a more theoretical way, the issues to do with teaching and learning through lectures and mixed subject and phase seminar groups taught as a conference week usually after Christmas. In addition to covering Teacher standards these modules will enable assessment work to be carried out for the award of PGCE.
The interview will usually be conducted by two members of the Initial Teacher Education (ITE) team; one will be an academic member of staff from within the School of Education whilst the other will be a colleague from a local school involved in the professional aspect of the course.
The interview will explore the interviewee's experiences and provide them the best opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and desire to become a French language teacher.
The interview session will comprise of three parts – a welcome presentation, a short written task as well as an individual interview (which includes a short 5 minute presentation). The time at which you must report for your interview session will be clearly indicated on your interview email and you will be allocated your individual interview time on arrival. Your written task should be handed in to reception once completed.
How school placements work
All students will be required to meet the minimum of 120 days in School.
The programme is designed to accomplish this in a phased manner to guide and support your development.
In addition to several days per week in schools, split with University class based sessions. The block practices in the Autumn and Spring allow for practical opportunities for full professional development where there is a progression from observation, structured activities and group work to whole class work.
The block placements will be in different schools to give you the widest range of teaching experience and working across different teaching key stages.
Our partnership spreads across County Durham and beyond, so we work closely with schools and applicants to find the most appropriate placements. You may be expected to travel for up to an hour to a placement school.
You will have an opportunity in advance of the programme start date to advise us of your living arrangements & transport options to assist us in finding the most appropriate placements.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
You could be eligible for either:
- a scholarship of £28,000
- a bursary of £26,000
With a scholarship or bursary, you'll also get early career payments of £2,000 each in your second, third and fourth years of teaching (£3,000 in some areas of England).
To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in French or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.
You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.
Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility for bursaries and how you’ll be paid.
You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.
Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
- The equivalent of a UK upper second class honours degree of which approximately 50% is comprised of the Modern Foreign Language you wish to teach or a closely related subject
*An A level in the language at Grade B or above if your degree is not in that language (or a closely related subject) and you wish to apply for a SKE
- •GCSE English and Mathematics at Grade 4 (or C) or above (or equivalent) which must be achieved at the time of application
- A demonstrable interest and involvement in the lives and development of young people
- Your professional and interpersonal qualities and your commitment to teaching will be considered when making an admissions decision
Successful candidates will require:
- Enhanced DBS check carried out by Durham University
- Be declared Fit to Teach following medical checks
About the training provider
We are very proud to be one of the leading departments for education in the UK, as we regularly feature in the top five in national university league tables such as 5th in the Guardian University Guide 2020 as well as 3rd in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019, and 9th in the Complete University Guide 2020. We also rate highly in the world rankings, 74th in the QS World University Rankings 2019.
As a Department, we also lead the way in high quality research, 5th in the field of education nationally and joint 1st in the UK for world-leading research impact. Together with our OFSTED outstanding rated Initial Teacher Education provision we are a major contributor in the field of education.
You can be assured of high quality teaching as we have been awarded the highest possible accolade, Gold, in the Teaching Excellent and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF).
Training with disabilities and other needs
Durham University has a Disability support team who offer advice and guidance to both prospective and current students within the University. We also arrange appropriate provision for disabled students, as well as offer support to those who think they may have a disability.
The School of Education has successfully supported students with learning disabilities, hearing and visual impairments to obtain QTS and become teachers.
The School of Education is situated on the Hild Bede site where access can be limited in places for those with a physical disability. Please contact us for more information or check on the Access Go site which has up to date information :
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