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TEachers Learning to Teach languages

TEachers Learning to Teach languages (TELT) aims to increase and improve language provision in primary schools. Teachers simultaneously learn a new language and the skills to teach that language in the classroom. The programme is General Teaching Council for Scotland approved.

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What is TELT?

TELT is delivered in partnership by the OU and SCILT, Scotland’s National Centre for Languages. It is inspired by and contributes to delivery of the Scottish Government’s 1+2 language policy.

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How to register

TELT is open to all primary teachers, and secondary teachers with a secondment in primary, across the UK. We welcome both employer-sponsored and independently-funded students.

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Frequently asked questions

TELT study is available in four languages: French, German, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese. For each, you have the choice between beginners and post-beginners level.

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Study materials and computing requirements

A book and a website with extra resources, activities and audio recordings are included. And as a language student, you can communicate with peers via our online forum.

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Beginners French

Develop skills to speak and understand simple French in everyday contexts, plus to teach beginners French in your primary classroom and progress pupils’ language and literacy.

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Beginners German

Develop skills to speak and understand simple German in everyday contexts, plus to teach beginners German in your primary classroom and progress pupils’ language and literacy.

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Beginners Spanish

Develop skills to speak and understand simple Spanish in everyday contexts, plus to teach beginners Spanish in your primary classroom and progress pupils’ language and literacy.

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Beginners Mandarin Chinese

Develop skills to speak and understand simple Mandarin Chinese in everyday contexts, plus to teach beginners Mandarin in your primary classroom and progress pupils’ language and literacy.

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Post-beginners languages

Develop skills to speak and understand simple French, German, Spanish or Mandarin Chinese in everyday contexts, as well as how to teach the language at elementary level in your primary classroom and progress pupils’ language and literacy.