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Primary Modern Foreign Languages Specialism

Module titlePrimary Modern Foreign Languages Specialism
Module codeEMLM008
Academic year2022/3
Module staff

Ms Dinah Warren (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks




Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

This module will help you gain an understanding of the Department for Education requirements in relation to the National Curriculum for Modern Languages and help you meet The Teachers’ Standards for Qualified Teacher Status. The module will develop the knowledge, skills and confidence required for you to teach Modern Languages in Key Stage 2 and enable you to understand how it is taught in related phases. The emphasis throughout this module will be on evidence-informed practice; integrating theory, policy and practice; identifying your own personal theories and beliefs, and encouraging reflective, critical approaches to your professional and personal development. There is also an emphasis within the module on developing you as a future subject leader in Modern Languages. The module covers Modern Languages in wider contexts beyond the classroom and it is hoped that you develop a longer-term view on effective teaching of Modern Languages, grounded in theory and practice. Taught sessions will be delivered via lectures, seminars and workshops, on and off campus, including peer teaching, as appropriate.

Module aims - intentions of the module

The module will focus on extending the breadth and depth of your understanding of primary education in several directions, in order that you can develop children’s   learning in a number of ways. These include:

  • gaining a deeper understanding of approaches to  language learning  in order to understand its place in the curriculum and ways in which it can relate to other subjects;
  • focusing on leadership in modern languages to enable you to evaluate and select materials, organise the subject within a school, and support your colleagues’  languages teaching;
  • being able to handle intercultural issues with knowledge, tact and confidence;  
  • being able to teach  languages creatively;
  •  understanding the contexts and strategies of languages learning and be able to incorporate this knowledge into your practice as a teacher;
  • nurturing your development as a reflective and autonomous professional practitioner who is able to identify strengths and areas for development in your subject knowledge and pedagogy, through evaluating current professional practice in relationship to developments in research and curriculum theory;

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. identify and evaluate educational concepts and issues related to the teaching of languages and engage in critical debate about current educational issues in the teaching of languages drawing on evidence from theory, research and practice;
  • 2. recognise pupils’ learning needs in languages and interpret these learning needs in order to plan, teach, assess and evaluate lessons and schemes of work;
  • 3. demonstrate confident academic and pedagogic subject knowledge to teach languages in Key Stage 2;
  • 4. demonstrate secure understanding of the statutory requirements and/or non-statutory guidance for languages;

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 5. critically evaluate the relevance of educational theory to practice;
  • 6. synthesise relevant educational literature in support of an argument;
  • 7. use appropriate technologies for data handling and writing in education;
  • 8. present data and findings in a form appropriate in educational studies;
  • 9. use research data in support of an argument in education;

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 10. manage your own learning development;
  • 11. learn effectively and be aware of your own learning strategies;
  • 12. express ideas and opinions, with confidence and clarity, to a variety of audiences for a variety of purposes;
  • 13. work productively in different kinds of teams (formal, informal, project based, committee based etc.); and
  • 14. think creatively about the main features of a given problem and develop strategies for its resolution.

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:


  • Languages Policy and Guidance: understanding the national languages landscape including recent curriculum developments
  • Understanding oracy in languages: teaching  listening and speaking skills
  • Understanding literacy in languages: teaching reading and writing skills
  • Practical approaches in the classroom with a focus on storytelling
  • Transition from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3: opportunities and challenges

Assessment of languages in the primary phase: considering informal, formative and summative assessment strategies

  • Language learning strategies: helping pupils to learn
  • Knowledge about language: teaching about grammar
  • Intercultural understanding and its place in the languages classroom

The role of the subject coordinator

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities33Practical classes and workshops including Peer Teaching and Subject Support Groups
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities8Seminar days
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities9Pathway activities
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities1Tutorials with academic tutor
Guided independent study40Reading set texts
Guided independent study50Wider reading
Guided independent study22Web-based activities
Guided independent study35Seminar/workshop preparation
Guided independent study12Peer teaching activity preparation
Guided independent study30Learning support group preparation
Guided independent study60Coursework assignment preparation


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Reading task: Research paper critique500 words1, 10, 12, 13Verbal (group tutorial)
Written assignment: Literature review Using research, policy & theory to explore a question1000 words1-2, 6-12, 14Written feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Written assignment: Research Based Enquiry1004000 words1-12,14Written feedback


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Specialist written assignment: Research Based EnquirySpecialist written assignment: Research Based Enquiry1-12,14See notes below.

Re-assessment notes

If a submitted assignment is deemed to be a Fail, you will be given feedback outlining what needs to be done to bring the assignment to a pass standard and one opportunity for resubmission will be allowed.

You can choose to resubmit a failed assignment ‘in year’ (i.e. before the final PGCE Assessment, Progression and Awarding Committee (APAC) in July). The resubmission would normally be made 4 weeks after receiving feedback on the first submission. Alternatively, you may opt to go to the PGCE Assessment, Progression and Awarding Committee with the fail mark. You will then be referred to the College level Assessment, Progression and Awarding Committee who will confirm the conditions for resubmission of the work. Normally the resubmission should be by 1 st September. You should discuss these options with your tutor.

Note: if you choose the second option, the award of PGCE will be delayed until the Assessment, Progression and Awarding Committee following any successful resubmission (normally held in December).

If an assignment is deemed to be a Fail,, the mark obtained on resubmission will be capped at 50%.


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading


Jones, Jane and Coffey, Simon (2006) Modern Foreign Languages 5-11: a guide for teachers Pub: David Fulton  (e-book)


Martin, Cynthia (2008) Primary Languages: Effective Learning and Teaching Pub: Learning Matters Ltd.  (e-book)


Maynard, S (2011) Teaching Foreign Languages in the Primary School. Publisher: Taylor & Francis  (e-book)


Pachler, N and Field,K (2014) Learning to Teach Modern Foreign Languages in the Secondary School.  Routledge (e-book)

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Association for Language Learning website:

Ensemble Languages Project:

Module has an active ELE page

Key words search

PGCE Primary modern languages.

Credit value30
Module ECTS


Module pre-requisites


Module co-requisites

Educational & Professional Studies module (EPSM000)

Primary Professional Learning module (EDUM034)

Primary Curriculum Studies module (EDUM033)

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