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Learning to teach languages in primary schools part 2

Upgrade your language teaching skills for primary school with our combined language and pedagogy module. In this module, you’ll develop your confidence in listening, reading, writing, speaking and interacting in French, German, Mandarin Chinese or Spanish. You’ll also explore current thinking in theory and practice of teaching languages in primary schools and learn the key concepts for embedding language in classroom routines.

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1 7 4

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What you will study

There are two elements to this module - language and pedagogy. The language proficiency of this module is equivalent to level A2 of the Common European Reference Framework for Languages (CEFR), so a prior working knowledge equivalent to A1 is needed (we can help with this, see Entry requirements). The module develops your confidence in listening, reading, writing, speaking and interacting in your choice of French, German, Mandarin Chinese or Spanish. You’ll enhance your skills for teaching your new language through the pedagogy strand and explore in more depth current thinking in theory and practice of primary languages teaching. Throughout the module, you’ll become familiar with key concepts around embedding language in classroom routines.

Language strand

The language component is offered in a choice of French, German, Mandarin Chinese, or Spanish. It develops confidence as well as improving knowledge and understanding of native-speaking societies and cultures.

This element of the module:

  • Gives you the skills to speak and understand simple French, German, Mandarin Chinese, or Spanish in everyday situations.
  • Develops a level of language proficiency equivalent to level A2 of the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR).
  • Includes study resources such as module books in PDF format, digital audio recordings, a dedicated module website and online activities.

Teaching pedagogy strand

This module includes a Masters level pedagogy strand. This gives you the opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge to a postgraduate level in an undergraduate module. You'll gain skills to teach your new language in your primary classroom, and develop your pupils’ language and literacy skills using a strongly reflective approach.

This element of the module:

  • Explores current thinking in theory and practice of primary languages teaching.
  • Familiarises you with key pedagogical concepts, developing reading and writing skills in another language.
  • Teaches content and language integrated learning (CLIL) and the concept of the multilingual classroom.
  • Uses multi-media to introduce you to teaching methods in and outside the classroom. Guides you in applying your new knowledge and skills in your own teaching context.
  • Includes course work through a dedicated course website and online tutorials. But you’ll also spend time with other students reflecting on what you have learned.

Vocational relevance

This module, part of the TEachers Learning to Teach Languages (TELT) programme, enables you to build foreign language learning into the primary school curriculum of your school. You'll develop expert skills in this area to enhance your employability through taking on leadership roles around primary languages. It also supports primary teachers in implementing primary languages policies.

Professional recognition

In Scotland, the TELT programme is officially approved by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) with a Professional Recognition Award. Teachers in Scotland who sign up to the professional recognition element of this programme and complete it successfully can add this to their achievements with the GTCS stamp of approval.

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

You’ll have two tutors - a language and a pedagogy tutor. They’ll help you by:

  • Marking your assignments (TMAs) and providing detailed feedback for you to improve.
  • Guiding you to additional learning resources.
  • Providing individual guidance, whether that’s for general study skills or specific module content.
  • Facilitating online discussions with your fellow students in the dedicated module and tutor group forums.

Your tutors also run online tutorials throughout the module. Where possible, recordings of online tutorials are made available. These tutorials won’t be compulsory for you to complete the module, but you’re strongly encouraged to take part in these learning events.


The assessment details for this module can be found in the facts box.

Course work also includes:

  • 5 x 250-300 word forum posts highlighting successes and challenges you encountered when applying what you’ve learned in terms of pedagogy and language. Participation in a forum discussion with fellow students.

If you're based in Scotland and working towards the Professional Recognition Award from the General Teaching Council for Scotland, you will also submit:

  • 4 x 300-500 word formative reflective pieces in the form of blog postings on the discussions among the student cohort revolving around the application of the pedagogy and language studied in the classroom.
  • 1 x final written 500-800 word formative reflective piece that summarises the impact of the learning in the course blocks on your teaching practice, including a plan for further development of your own practice.

Future availability

Learning to teach languages in primary schools part 2 starts once a year – in October.

This page describes the module that will start in October 2023. We expect it to start for the last time in October 2025.


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    Course work includes:

    2 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
    2 Interactive computer-marked assignments (iCMAs)
    No examination
    No residential school

    Entry requirements

    You’ll need to be employed in a school/teaching setting to study this module and have a working knowledge of French, German, Mandarin Chinese, or Spanish, equivalent to CEFR level A1. This can be acquired through either:

    • The study of one of the below introductory level modules:
      •  Learning to teach languages in primary schools (beginners' French) (LXT192)
      • Learning to teach languages in primary schools (beginners' German) (LXT193)
      • Learning to teach languages in primary schools (beginners' Spanish) (LXT194) 
      • Learning to teach languages in primary schools (beginners' Chinese) (LXT197)
    • Equivalent study elsewhere.
    • Extended visits to the countries where the target language is spoken.

    Whether you’re self-funding or sponsored by your employer, you’ll need the support of your employer to apply your new language teaching skills in a school setting. This is a core element of the programme.

    In Wales, this course is currently funded by Global Futures for eligible students.

    How to apply

    Registration is now open for modules starting in October 2023.

    Self-funding students will be asked to complete a short suitability check form. This is to ensure you will be able to apply your new skills in a primary classroom during your study.

    To apply, contact us using the details below for your country of residence. Please quote 'TELT' in the email subject line:

    *If you are an employer who seeks to sponsor places for students in England or Scotland, call us on 0300 303 5777 or email corporate-enquiries@open.ac.uk


    Start End England fee Register
    07 Oct 2023 Jun 2024 £866.00

    To register for this course - see 'Entry requirements'. Registration closes 07/09/23

    This module is expected to start for the last time in October 2025.

    To register for this module, please refer to the entry requirements and contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service (online registration is not available).

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    Can you study an Access module for free?

    In order to qualify, you must:

    1. be resident in England
    2. have a personal income of less than £25,000 (or receive qualifying benefits)
    3. have not completed one year or more on any full-time undergraduate programme at FHEQ level 4 or above, or completed 30 credits or more of OU study

    How to apply to study an Access module for free

    Once you've started the registration process, either online or over the phone, we'll contact you about your payment options. This will include instructions on how you can apply to study for free if you are eligible.

    If you're unsure if you meet the criteria to study for free, you can check with one of our friendly advisers on +44 (0)300 303 0069 or you can request a call back.

    Not eligible to study for free?

    Don't worry! We offer a choice of flexible ways to help spread the cost of your Access module. The most popular options include:

    • monthly payments through OUSBA
    • part-time tuition fee loan (you'll need to be registered on a qualification for this option)

    To explore all the options available to you, visit Fees and Funding.

    What's included

    Language strand

    The language component is based around a dedicated module website with the following elements:

    • Language learning units in downloadable PDF format.
    • User-friendly, ‘bite-sized’ information dealing with language and cultural aspects.
    • Gradual development of study and language skills.
    • Development of basic vocabulary, grammar and set phrases.
    • Audio material, featuring recordings by competent speakers of the chosen language and a wide variety of speaking activities.
    • Practice activities and self-assessment tests to monitor your progress.
    • Regular online video clips to support your practice activities.

    Teaching pedagogy strand

    The pedagogy component is based around a dedicated website with the following elements:

    • User-friendly, ‘bite-sized’ theory and practical information dealing with teaching languages at primary level.
    • Gradual development of study and language teaching skills.
    • Audio-visual material, featuring real-life classroom activities for critical reflection. A range of community initiatives, such as outdoor learning, which highlight how languages can be incorporated into a wide range of primary school activities.
    • Guidance around interdisciplinary learning and engagement with the wider community.
    • Practice activities and self-assessment tests to monitor your progress.
    • Materials for your own further research in this area.
    • Regular online peer group discussions to support your study and practice activities.
    • A balance of theory and practice that enables you to engage with both in a professionally supportive environment. You’ll have the opportunity to apply your new language skills in your classroom, with your pupils.

    Computing requirements

    You’ll need broadband internet access and a desktop or laptop computer with an up-to-date version of Windows (10 or 11), or macOS (11 'Big Sur' or higher).

    Any additional software will be provided or is generally freely available.

    To join in spoken conversations in tutorials, we recommend a wired headset (headphones/earphones with a built-in microphone).

    Our module websites comply with web standards, and any modern browser is suitable for most activities.

    Our OU Study mobile app will operate on all current, supported versions of Android and iOS. It’s not available on Kindle.

    It’s also possible to access some module materials on a mobile phone, tablet device or Chromebook. However, as you may be asked to install additional software or use certain applications, you’ll also require a desktop or laptop as described above.

    If you have a disability

    The OU strives to make all aspects of study accessible to everyone and this Accessibility Statement outlines what studying LXT191 involves. You should use this information to inform your study preparations and any discussions with us about how we can meet your needs.

    To find out more about what kind of support and adjustments might be available, contact us or visit our Disability support website.