Radio producer, Lissa Cook, decided to switch careers and train to teach languages in secondary schools.
She joined the National Modern Languages SCITT in September 2018 and her main school placement has been at Hope Valley College in the beautiful Peak District. It’s an area she’s very familiar with, given she was previously the News Editor of High Peak Radio, a local station.
She has also written frequently for ‘Derbyshire Life’ magazine, and this month she is published again, describing her journey into the world of teaching. You can read the full article about training to teach languages with the National Modern Languages SCITT here.
Lissa isn’t the only one of our trainees who has decided to switch careers to then train to teach languages. Previous jobs of trainees include: finance analyst; stockbroker; administrator in the car industry; digital marketer, and many more.
Others have had roles that seem more of a natural progression: au pair; foreign language assistant; teaching assistant; private tutor; teaching mentor, and camp coordinator.
So why throw everything up in the air to retrain and start afresh in a new career? It’s often down to a desire to make a difference. Teaching can be extremely rewarding; you can influence a young person and their future, generating interest in subjects they may not even have been aware of previously. If you already have that passion for languages, then it can be so fulfilling to see that passed on to the next generation.
There’s been a lot of media coverage recently about the decline of modern languages teaching – but that’s exactly why we need passionate, committed new teachers joining the profession. And that’s why the government is putting extra funding into supporting their training. You can get up to £28,000 in scholarships and bursaries when you train on a postgraduate course such as ours.
You will have to commit to a one-year course but, if you choose a route such as our National Modern Languages SCITT to train to teach languages, you will get a fantastic mix of hands-on experience in the classroom, combined with both academic and professional training. As well as perfecting your language skills, you also learn more widely about topics such as: curriculum development; behaviour management; parental communication; child development; special educational needs, and many more.
You also train with other modern languages trainees, meaning you share a real understanding of your particular subject. Add to this the fact that we bring in experts in how to teach languages, and you have the perfect preparation for life as a modern languages teacher.
Our course is also unique in that it is a partnership between state and independent schools. You get two placements, so you could choose one from each sector, which potentially opens up further career opportunities down the line. It also means you are learning from a range of professionals, each with their own experiences, insights and skills. They will all be committed to supporting you through your journey to becoming the best teacher possible.
Starting a new career may be a big step but it, if you train to teach languages, it could be the most rewarding one you ever take.