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 a generous training bursary. Alternatively, you could earn a salary while you train on School Direct (salaried) or with Teach First.
A career in teaching languages offers the opportunity to make a big difference to your pupils’ long-term success. The ability to use another language effectively 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 funding for training to teach languages.
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Luke outlines the potential for career progression in his own future as a teacher. Transcript (PDF, 74KB)
School Direct languages trainee Katherine talks about her passion for languages and how to get as much experience as possible during your training year.More about this case study
Registering allowed me to get my school experience arranged. I even used some of the techniques that I had observed at the school for my teacher training interview.Chloe Wells, trainee MFL teacher
31 May 2016 12:30
An interactive presentation and workshop on the benefits of teaching, and explaining the different routes into teaching.
31 May 2016 18:00
A chance to learn about the Ark Teacher Training programme and get application advice.
02 June 2016 17:00
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04 June 2016 09:00
Come along to our open day and find out about training to be a primary teacher on our PGCE course.