We are the only national teacher training provider focused solely on modern languages. This makes us uniquely different from other routes into teaching and ensures you are prepared for life in the classroom, whilst being part of a wider language teaching community.
A course designed by linguists, for linguists!
Our course has been designed by experts in the teaching of modern languages, so you can be fully prepared for your new career.
Professionals who have supported and been actively involved in the development and delivery of our course include: James Burch, Ann Swarbrick, Keith Faulkner, Neil Hillman – and all of our Hub Leaders who are all linguists and classroom practitioners.
We have also run sessions with these leading experts in MFL teaching: Emma Marsden and Rachel Hawkes from NCELP (National Centre for Excellence for Language Pedagogy); Gianfranco Conti; Joe Dale; Steven Fawkes; Charlotte Ryland; Colin Christie.
Great combination of theory and practice
As well as learning about the theory of teaching and, in particular, language teaching, you will gain valuable experience in the classroom. Our course is rooted in the reality of school life, with two placements in two contrasting schools. This helps you decide what kind of school you want to work in, and prepares you for life as a teacher. From day one you will be part of the school team, working alongside colleagues, learning about school life and contributing to the development of your students. You are supported by a mentor who is also a practicing teacher and understands the reality of life in the classroom.
Part of the wider language and teaching communities
We are plugged in to the teaching and language teaching communities – which means you can be too! This provides you will access to a wealth of resources and expertise. Colleagues within our communities are always ready to help and support, so you never miss out on the latest research, developments and discussions. It’s a vibrant, exciting world, where your love for languages can develop into new areas as your professional career progresses.
We work with the Association for Language Learning (ALL), the Independent Schools’ Modern Languages Association (ISMLA), the British Council, the Stephen Spender Trust and the Swire Foundation – as well as a range of organisations supporting teacher training, independent and state schools.
A choice of training locations across England
Our course is run via a number of geographical hubs across England. This means you can choose to train somewhere that suits your life. Our Hub Leaders can also offer you advice on travel and accommodation in their local area. Each Hub works with a number of partner schools in their local area, providing you with two placements in contrasting settings during our course.
Your very own support network
You only train with other linguists, providing you with your very own support network built on your love for languages. You get to meet the other trainees at our Day Schools, held at our centre in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. This is a great opportunity to share your experiences of teacher training with your peers – people who really understand the rewards and challenges of language teacher training.
The support doesn’t stop when you finish the course. Our former trainees are now teachers and some are even mentoring new trainees! There is a whole network of NML SCITT alumni who are supporting one another throughout their careers.
We have added Mandarin to our languages!
We have launched a new partnership with the Swire Chinese Language Foundation, so we can now train teachers of Mandarin. Find out more about training to be a Mandarin teacher.
“The support I got from the NML SCITT team was outstanding. They were with me at every stage of the course – and even when I applied for my first job.”