Should I train to teach languages?
Teaching is an opportunity to share your enthusiasm for language with the next generation of children and young people – helping to make a difference in their lives and open up the opportunity for connecting with others across the world.
As a profession, teaching provides plenty of variety and reward – helping to provide a positive impact on young people’s lives and expanding your option of career opportunities and personal development.
We can support you throughout your career development and help you train for roles including:
- Head of French/German/Spanish/Mandarin, or a Modern Languages department.
- Specialist Leader in Education – providing support across more than one school in Modern Languages. This could happen within a family of schools working together or, more formally, within a Multi-Academy Trust.
- A pastoral role, such as Head of Year or Key Stage, or leading on areas such as ‘character education’, ‘student engagement’, ‘managing progress’, etc.
- Senior leadership roles, defined by your experience and the needs of the school – ranging from Assistant and Deputy Heads to Heads of School, Headteachers and Executive Heads.
- Working within a Teaching School, School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) and teacher professional learning, as a coach, mentor, trainer or facilitator.
Why teach Modern Foreign Languages?
In the CBI/Pearson Education and Skills Survey report 2019, of the 190,000 employers surveyed over a third had a demand for German (37%), Spanish (35%) and French (32%) in addition to English. Additionally, with the Department of Education aiming to have at least 90% of students studying some kind of language through the English Baccalaureate by 2025, the demand for language teachers continues to grow.
Why does teaching languages appeal to you?
“I love languages and wanted to impart that passion into other kids.”
What do you hope to achieve when you become a fully qualified languages teacher?
“To inspire a child’s life through the exploration of communication and confidence.”