TELT (TEachers Learning to Teach languages) study is available in four languages: French, German, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese. For each of these languages, you have the choice between two levels of study: beginners and post-beginners.
All courses at both levels are 15 credits.
The course starts each year on the first Saturday in October and runs until the first week in July.
Please note, all students are expected to engage with the self-study induction materials and attend one of the induction webinars taking place in the two weeks before the course start date. This will ensure that all students are ready to get started with their course work on the first Saturday in October.
The courses will run over 35 weeks. This excludes holidays: there will be a two-week break over Christmas and a three week-break over Easter.
Once the module start date has passed, deferral is not possible. The fee will still be payable and cannot be refunded if you decide to defer or withdraw from studying the module. That is why it is important to plan ahead and ensure you will be able to dedicate sufficient time to your study.
You will have to spend about 4 hours of study per week on this course.
In addition, and if your circumstances permit, there will be about 1 hour spent applying what you are learning in your classroom.
The course timetable is very flexible - you can decide when you have time during the week to study.
90% of the time you’ll spend on this course can be scheduled according to your own availability.
Yes, the language learning part of the course will be accredited and you can gain 15 Level 1 study credit points, which count towards an OU Open Degree.
You will receive a certificate for successful completion of the pedagogy strand of the study.
In addition, if you are a General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS)-registered teacher in Scotland, you have the opportunity to opt into a GTCS-accredited professional recognition programme for your study of the pedagogy strand of the course.
You will receive an Open University login after registration and instructions on how to log on to your StudentHome page.
On StudentHome you will be able to access the course website, where students and tutors meet and where all materials and online tools for your study can be accessed, including the online tutorial room.
a. For the language part, you will:
b. For the pedagogy part, you will:
At the moment, due to Covid, all tutorials are online (and non compulsory). We hope to reintroduce occasional face to face day school events, to complement our online tutorials, once it is safe to do so and in line with Covid guidance.
Whether face to face or online, at these you will practise the language you are studying, learn more about teaching modern foreign languages at primary school level, and have the chance to meet and share your views and experiences with other participants and your tutors.
The times and dates will be in your tutorial timetable.
Yes, most (non-compulsory) tutorials are online tutorials where you meet your tutor and fellow students and can ask any questions you may have.
These tutorials are not obligatory, but we recommend that you try to attend as many as you can, as they will boost your confidence in speaking, and you will be able to see how to teach this language in practice – you will experience language teaching from the student perspective, understand good practice in MFL (Modern Foreign Languages) classroom teaching and take part in activities you might want to replicate in your own classroom.
We will also offer workshops with your tutors revolving around the study of the pedagogy of teaching MFL online.
The workshops and tutorials will be taking place at different times and dates to give you a choice. Usually, they run for about 60 to 90 minutes per session. There will be a set timetable for these sessions and you will be able to book a place in these tutorials.
In the pedagogy strand you will be able to start planning your application tasks together and discuss unit aspects. In the language study part you have the opportunity to practise your speaking, revise vocabulary and grammar aspects.
Interviews with people who work in cultural institutions, run successful professional support networks for teachers as well as a range of community initiatives, are included in the course content to show you what is ‘out there’.
In the two weeks before module start the programme team run an induction programme, with dedicated online induction tutorials where students find out how to study effectively and meet their peers and the tutor team.
We encourage every student to attend an induction tutorial. These are invaluable in helping you understand how the programme works prior to your module start.