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I'm doing BA Japanese right now with thoughts of becoming a Japanese language teacher at a secondary school. There are PGCEs for all the common languages taught in the UK (french, spanish, german) but I haven't found a single PGCE Japanese course in the whole of the country, so I'm guessing such a thing doesn't exist? So how do I train to become a teacher in my field? 🤔
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I'm doing BA Japanese right now with thoughts of becoming a Japanese language teacher at a secondary school. There are PGCEs for all the common languages taught in the UK (french, spanish, german) but I haven't found a single PGCE Japanese course in the whole of the country, so I'm guessing such a thing doesn't exist? So how do I train to become a teacher in my field? 🤔
I'm not aware of any UK state schools that teach Japanese as a GCSE or A-level. That's not to say they don't exist, but I imagine the demand for Japanese teachers is very low, hence there not being a PGCE available for them.

Would you be able to teach French, German or Spanish (or possibly Mandarin?)- did you take any of them at A-level? If so, I would find a PGCE for one of these subjects and explain your interest in teaching Japanese also. I doubt the uni will have a placement school that offers Japanese, but you may be able to run it as a club etc.

Once qualified, it would probably be a case of finding a school you could persuade to start a GCSE course in Japanese. You'd need to teach your other language at KS3, I imagine.

If you *know* a school that teaches Japanese, then get in touch with them- it may be possible to do a schools direct course through them.

However, you need to be aware that being a Japanese teacher at secondary level in the UK is not a common job- and it may be worth exploring other options.
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