Anglia Ruskin offers extra French for wannabe teachers

Published: 3 February 2006 at 12:09

Anglia Ruskin University is launching a new fully funded extension course in French. This comes at a time when many secondary schools require Modern Foreign Language (MFL) teachers to be able to teach two languages, and proficiency in two modern languages is an entry requirement for many secondary MFL Initial Teacher Training courses.

The French Extension programme for language graduates, supported by the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA), is aimed at increasing the supply of secondary level Modern Language teachers. There is a nationwide shortage of Modern Language teachers and secondary schools in the Eastern region often experience difficulty in filling these teacher vacancies.

Linda Amrane-Cooper, Head of Initial Professional Studies at the Faculty of Education, said:

"This is a fast-track route into Initial Teacher Training courses that will help to move candidates with the right potential into key Modern Language posts in schools. Participants will develop high levels of knowledge, skill and understanding of French language and culture and will be empowered with a range of learning strategies to support their development on this course and into the future.

This is exceptionally good news for the Eastern region which has one of the fastest-growing economies of the UK, and for this reason alone will be highly dependent on languages to develop its aptitude for effective 'global' business communications."

The Anglia Ruskin University French Extension programme is an intensive course for language graduates who need to develop knowledge of a second Modern Foreign Language (French) prior to training for qualified teacher status. It will help participants develop capabilities in teaching French up to Key Stage 3 level (ages 12-14) and will put them on a pathway to a career in secondary modern languages teaching.

The main course is 13 weeks long, running from June to early September 2006, and is full time with 22 hours of face-to-face tuition each week spread over five days. Participants will be expected to complete a further 20 hours of self-study each week, supported by an online learning environment. Those with no prior experience of the language receive extra tuition and support, and may be eligible for a two-week novice programme before joining the main course.

The French extension programme is fully funded. There are no course fees and all participants receive a weekly bursary of £150. A two-week study visit to France, also included in the funding, is an integral part of the course.