It’s of the utmost importance that all young people get the chance to learn at least one language to a high standard. That’s why schools will always need brilliant language teachers to help pupils develop valuable, lifelong skills – and why trainee language teachers can benefit from the highest range of training bursaries.
A career in teaching languages offers the opportunity to make a big difference to your pupils’ long-term success. The ability to effectively use another language is a skill that can enhance their chances of employment, opportunities to travel, or applications for further education.
You can see your pupils learn a completely new way of communicating, building their skills from nothing to being able to hold a conversation and write an essay in a new language. You may even pass on a new passion and interest that stays with them forever.
Subject knowledge enhancement and financial support
Don’t worry if you feel like you need to refresh or boost your knowledge before training to teach languages. If the school(s) or university leading your training think you have the right skills to teach the subject but need to build up your knowledge, they could ask you to complete a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) course ahead of starting your training.
These courses are fully-funded, and you could be eligible for a bursary of up to £7,200 to support you during your SKE course, should you need to take one – your training provider will discuss this with you. Find out more.
You could also be eligible for a top-end bursary to support you during your main teacher training course, even if your degree isn’t in languages – so it’s always worth enquiring with your chosen training provider to find out about the support that’s available. Find out more about languages bursaries.
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