Working with your trainees
Professional knowledge and understanding
The articles available here are from the CILT ITT bulletin called Links. They have been selected for tutor reading but may also be suitable for trainees.
- Subject knowledge skills audit and update (pdf), Hellyer, R. (2004) Links, 30
Please support our ITT MFL community and share your own relevant documentation, you can email us to feed into the development of this resource.
- Subject knowledge audit: Secondary French
- Subject knowledge audit: Secondary German
knowledge audit: Secondary Spanish
We are pleased to share with you these 3 subject knowledge audits which have been especially developed for use with trainees. We are very grateful for the work undertaken by Rosa Martin of Queen Mary, University of London, in developing the Spanish version and Carol Gray, University of Birmingham for the German version. The audits have a strong focus on pedagogic grammar, but also raise issues of register, lexis and culture. They can be used at various points of a trainee's development to set precise targets for improvement in applied subject knowledge - pre-course as a response to diagnostic testing at interview as well as during placements with reference to either FL1 or FL2.
- Developing Language Skills, French and Skills Audit - Primary French
- Developing Language Skills, German and Skills Audit - Primary German
- Developing Language Skills, Spanish and Skills Audit - Primary Spanish
Many thanks to Angela McLachlan for contributing materials from this component of the University of Manchester’s 2007-2008 Primary Modern Languages PGCE. You can use the materials in, or adapt them for, your own trainees’ programme. The component seeks to address the acquisition of teacher language skills in relation to the five key strands of the KS2 Framework for Languages : oracy, literacy, knowledge about language (KAL), language learning strategies (LLS), and intercultural understanding.
Developing Language Skills comprises three core activities: a skills audit, skills development, and development of cultural awareness. Conduct of the component requires independent study and preparation by the trainee to be set about a month ahead of face-to-face workshops hosted by the provider. Workshop leaders should be language specialists, and either HEI PGCE tutors or lead teachers from the primary sector.
Please pass on your comments and adaptations to Angela via ITTMFL.
- The linguistics of French, German and Spanish
Professor Dick Hudson (UCL) has led an initiative by CLIE (the Comittee for Linguistics in Education) to kindly provide our ITE community with a very comprehensive website that constitutes an invaluable self-study resource for trainees who need to improve their FL1 or FL2. There is a focus on phonology, structure & lexis of French, German & Spanish. We owe Professor Hudson and his colleagues a huge vote of thanks for this generous support of ITT MFL. Please draw the attention of your trainees, past & present, to this resource.