What you will study
There are two elements to this module - language and pedagogy. The French language strand is undergraduate beginners’ level which is equivalent to level A1 of the Common European Reference Framework for Languages (CEFR). The module develops your confidence in listening, reading, writing, speaking and interacting in French in everyday contexts. 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 your study, you’ll become familiar with key concepts around embedding language teaching in classroom routines.
The French language element of the module develops the skills you need to speak and understand simple native French in everyday contexts.
This component of the module:
- Explores life in French-speaking countries and communities, introducing you to a wide range of practical situations such as travelling, shopping, working and eating out.
- Includes study resources such as module books in PDF format, digital audio recordings, a dedicated module website and online activities.
- Teaches French at level A1 of the Common European Reference Framework for Languages (CEFR).
Teaching pedagogy strand
The module includes a Masters level pedagogy strand. This gives you an 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 develops 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.