Modern Languages

Teaching the next generation of students is a rewarding way of using your talents and creativity to engage young people with languages and different cultures.

PGCE Modern Languages at Leicester is offered in the following combinations:

  • Modern languagesFrench

  • French with German

  • French with Italian

  • French with Spanish

  • Spanish with French

The main purpose of the programme is to enable you to be a confident, competent and reflective teacher of Modern Languages, capable of making a full contribution to the effectiveness of a modern languages department in a British secondary school.

Programme Aims

PGCE Secondary Modern Languages offers you the opportunity to:

  • reflect on the purposes of learners of another language
  • examine theories of foreign/second language acquisition
  • form your own coherent style of teaching
  • critically evaluate the National Curriculum and current thinking
  • evaluate materials and techniques for teaching and testing
  • create and use your own teaching materials
  • take account of the needs of different learners
  • investigate various methodologies
  • observe a range of practices

Subject Specialism

The Modern Languages subject specialism will run throughout the academic year and will cover a variety of areas including:

  • The history of foreign language teaching
  • Communicative Language Teaching
  • GCSE Specifications
  • Teaching Speaking and Listening
  • Teaching Reading and Writing
  • ICT and language teaching
  • Creativity in language teaching
  • Lesson planning and classroom management


Continuous assessment is used throughout the course and there are no examinations.

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