Student or Learner
To my own part, I will be in third year in law at a French university from September and cannot help me wondering from which grade can I become a teacher of a language.
Please bring your experience out in order for us to know how to become a teacher in your country - referring to UK, US, Australia, Canada and whatnot
Any help is taken.
Last edited by philadelphia; 12-Aug-2008 at 15:52.
So, you'd need a major in French language and literature; and you'd need teaching qualifications. You could probably do a 1 year postgrad DipEd, since you already have a degree. The situation in Australia is that language teaching doesn't start until grade 8; that's High School. And to be a High School teacher, you need two curriculum subjects. I would guess that to teach French in Australia, with your history, you'd need to spend another 2 years study.
In any case, I'm afraid to say, we probably have as many French teachers as we need (maybe more), since Asian languages have become popular in Australian schools, and French and German, which were practically the only languages taught 30 years ago (apart from the classics) have become less popular.
In the UK, you will be required to do a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) to teach in a school. This is a year course that you do after you've completed a degree, but it focuses more on specific teaching practices, since it is expected that you already have a degree in a relevant subject. Most universities will offer the option to do a booster course for people who want to teach a subject which isn't their degree, which might be ideal for a native French speaker who wants to brush up on grammar.
In primary school (ages 5 to 11) you choose a PGCE course based on the age group you want to teach rather than the subject. You will be expected to teach all subjects. The government has a target to have all primary schools teaching a foreign language by 2010, so being a native speaker would give you an obvious advantage in this regard, provided you're willing to teach children more generally too. There are PGCEs in primary education with and without French. But there are no positions in UK primary schools for teachers of single subjects.
In secondary school (ages 11 to 16), you choose a PGCE based on the subject you want to teach. Most universities will offer single language PGCEs as well as ones that combine two or three languages. And the job opportunities will obviously be less for someone who can only teach one language. But here, you should look for a PGCE in Modern Languages, and the language(s) will usually be in brackets afterwards.
And of course it goes without saying that you will probably need a particular IELTS score to get a place on the course.
They also do what is called an Overseas Trained Teacher Programme, which is a course that allows you to convert any teaching qualifications into British ones without having to do the full PGCE. But that's mainly for experienced teachers. If you're starting out, it makes sense to train in the UK instead.
Anyway, becoming a teacher in the UK. And GTTR which have a full list of courses in the UK, and handle all applications onto PGCE courses. But if you're interested, find the course you want to do, and just email the professor to ask any questions. They're usually more than happy to help prospective students.
Thanks for answering it helps very much.
If you wanted to teach French in English schools I don't think it would matter what your qualifications were if you just wanted to be an assistante. All the assistantes I was taught by were studying English, but the main qualification is being a native speaker.
If you wanted to go further than that, and become a teacher with QTS ('Qualified Teacher status'), you would have to study at post-graduate level. Do a Google search for "PGCE" courses; PGCE is not the only route, but it would probably be the most appropriate after a first degree in another subject.