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    Hi, anyone any experience of PGCE Primary with a Modern Foreign Language? I have questions I'd like to ask. Particularly if you know about the Primary with Italian.
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    (Original post by Interista Gallese)
    Hi, anyone any experience of PGCE Primary with a Modern Foreign Language? I have questions I'd like to ask. Particularly if you know about the Primary with Italian.
    Hi, I know it's not quite the same but I've had interview for BA primary with a languages specialism and i was asked a few questions about what i knew about the languages curriculum and how i would teach languages etc x
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    Kayleeland did PGCE Primary with Spanish. I don't know if she is still around.
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    I'm doing a Primary Spanish PGCE. My uni offers Italian too.

    What do you want to know?
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    I've got an interview tomorrow for primary with mfl at manchester. I'm dreading it. Any advice on any last minute interview revision would be great.
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    (Original post by gatita)
    I've got an interview tomorrow for primary with mfl at manchester. I'm dreading it. Any advice on any last minute interview revision would be great.
    I didn't have to speak my language at interview. It isn't the same everywhere, so it might be an idea to try and find out if you do have to if they haven't already let you know.

    Ensure you've got a proper understanding of where languages fit into the primary framework at the moment and where they are expected to fit into it with the proposed educational changes. The idea was that they'd be compulsory in KS2 by now but they're not, they're still non statutory like RE is at primary level however this is expected to change with the new curriculum, with languages being placed in the forefront as part of a "literacy, languages and communication" core subject grouping.

    You might be asked for how you would implement the teaching of languages in a school. Be specific, don't just chat about how its important to learn languages and why languages are important, have actual concrete ideas for how you could integrate languages easily into a school where many of the teachers were unsure/worried about how they could fit it into an existing school day. You might also be asked about your role as a languages coordinator and how you'd approach certain topics, such as staff feeling they are unable to teach languages due to their own negative experiences of learning at school.
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    Hey, at Greenwich people who were doing a languages specialism were thrown in with the standard primary people. There were only two of us out of twenty! Of course it is different at each uni but I didn't get asked about languages once and just mentioned it of my own accord in the group interview. Not sure how much help that is, just offering an alternative scenario for you to consider! Best of luck
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    (Original post by Netts)
    Hey, at Greenwich people who were doing a languages specialism were thrown in with the standard primary people. There were only two of us out of twenty! Of course it is different at each uni but I didn't get asked about languages once and just mentioned it of my own accord in the group interview. Not sure how much help that is, just offering an alternative scenario for you to consider! Best of luck
    I think that's what happens at most universities. Or at least, I was the only language person at my interview and I think that's how it works at most places - it wouldn't make sense for them to do separate interviews when the actual MFL stuff you do on the course is fairly minimal and they only have a small number of language specialists anyway who tend to apply in drabs over the year as the places are available for longer.

    My comments were related to your actual interview, where they may as you something specific which will probably be along those lines. Although that said, the above questions weren't what I was asked, I've just given them from stuff we've been told we'll get asked in job interviews.... like you, languages were barely mentioned in my interview other than by my voluntarily but I don't think its the case everywhere in the personal interview from what friends have said
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    Thanks for the help, oxymoronic I've sent you a pm as you know a lot about this issue.
 
 
 
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