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.
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.
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.
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.