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    Hey! I am a third year languages student currently on year abroad..I want to do a pgce in primary education after i graduate but with a modern language component. Is anyone currently doing a course like this? ive been searching online but struggling to find many suitable courses in my area! (i live in leeds) any tips/advice would be helpful
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    Just had a look on GTTR, and it looks like only Bradford and Hull in Yorkshire do any sort of language specialism. I think the MFL program in primary schools was scrapped by the current govt (someone check me on this!) so its less common that it has been.
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    Most universities offer an MFL addition to the PGCE as there was a lot of funding available. However, after this year, there is less funding available so some universities are scrapping their course or making it into a more general "languages" strand rather than a specific language. At my uni this is what is happening and applicants can do it with any language, so its basically the same as this year in terms of the PGCE content as its all about teaching languages, its just that the compulsory month in the language country no longer exists which is a shame but the funding no longer exists. I don't really know whats happening at the moment, is all very up in the air as you can still apply for a languages PGCE but whether it will be there in September is another matter, so by 2012 I really don't know. It depends what happens with the MFL funding in primary schools.... but if/when it goes, the government will be making a big mistake in my opinion.

    The actual language content of the PGCE is minimal. I've had a session a week whilst I've been at uni (so 10 weeks of 2 hours) so it isn't really any different to a normal primary PGCE, it just means that when you apply for jobs you can sell them the languages aspect along with the fact the MFL coordinator or language specialists will work very closely with the EAL (English as an Additional Language) coordinator or will become the EAL specialist in the school, as you're also trained in this area. Its the specific EAL training which is the "value added" part of the primary languages PGCE rather than the actual languages side now.

    GTTR is the UCAS for PGCEs
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    Both Manchester uni and Man Met have a languages specialism for primary PGCE, so this could be an option. So much of the course is on placement anyway, so providing you get placements on the Leeds side of Manchester it is doable for just the 10 months of the course (I'm doing it for 2011/12, living in Leeds, course in Manc Uni).

    Also the language specialism courses seem a bit less competitve to get onto which is good news for you! My degree was MFL, and I was put off applying for languages specialism when I saw they had so few places (usually arond 5-8 per language per uni), but knowing now that it's actually not as oversubscribed as general primary I'd have gone for it!
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    Leeds Trinity definitely did a language course for 2011/12 entry, French and German I think....

    I'm from Leeds and will be studying Primary with Spanish at Manchester (Spanish specialisms were very limited!), like Jen said, you could possibly commute although I'm going to move....

    Ok, just checked the GTTR link and it didn't come up on there - apologies, but when I was researching courses last year it definitely came up!
 
 
 
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