Postgraduate Factfile: Spanish Extension Course Subject Knowledge Enhancement

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Course at a glance

Mode of study: Full Time (13 weeks)
Start date: May

  • Suitable for beginners/near-beginners in Spanish
  • Pre-initial teacher training course and graduates will be able to teach Spanish at Key Stage 3 (ages 11-14)
  • Ideal preparation for a Modern Foreign Language (MFL) training course, such as a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) or Schools Direct (SD)
  • Programme backed by the Teaching Agency (TA)
  • Course features compulsory 2 week educational visit to Spain
  • Postgraduates are highly sought after by employers and over 95% are in work or further study six months after graduation
     


Course overview

This 3 month intensive course is ideal for graduates who are beginners or near-beginners in Spanish. It is designed to support graduates with a language other than Spanish to achieve sufficient competence in Spanish, enabling them to teach accurately and confidently at secondary level to at least key stage 3 (ages 11-14). If you are completely new to Spanish you will have 2 supplementary weeks of tuition, in addition you will be required to attend an additional hour of Spanish classes daily for the first 4 weeks of this course.

The programme is delivered by experienced language staff, both native and non-native speakers, who will be able to share with you their experience of language teaching in schools, colleges and university.

Applicants with a GCSE or equivalent level of Spanish will be expected to engage in some self-study and revision work at home with a study pack provided by LJMU, prior to the start of the course. A bursary will be provided for the two weeks on successful completion of the revision work.

For two weeks in July, the course is based in Spain where you will attend a (compulsory) tailor-made Spanish language and culture course at the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela to complement your Spanish language and culture studies at LJMU.

Classes at LJMU will normally start at 9.30am and finish at 4.00pm from Monday to Friday. You will be required to attend all classes for the full duration of the course. In addition, you will be set tasks and assignments to complete outside of the class times. The timetable in Spain will be different but you can expect a full schedule of activities for each day you are there.

The course is designed for beginners or near-beginners in Spanish, and lessons will be taught mainly in the target language.  You will have 240 tutor led taught hours over 11 weeks at LJMU. You will have a further 100 hours of study (taught and directed study) to undertake in Spain.

This course is open to graduates in the categories outline below:

  • English speaking graduates in combined degrees e.g. German and Business Studies
  • English speaking graduates in German, French, Italian, etc
  • Graduates who are speakers of languages such as Bengali, Gujarati, Chinese and Japanese and who have a good command of English
  • Graduates who are native speakers of other languages and who have learned a second language – including English, German, Italian, French, Japanese or Chinese – to an advanced level

LJMU also runs a French extension course in preparation for initial teacher training (ITT).

What do past and present students say about the course?

“The course was excellent and the materials used proved useful.”

“The teaching was good and the classes for complete beginners were excellently organised and really helpful.”

“To go from complete beginner to the equivalent of AS level in 13 weeks shows that the course does provide excellent teaching.”

Introduction to the School

Our School of Teacher Educational and Professional Learning has over 100 years’ experience delivering initial teacher education in partnership with primary, secondary and other education providers across the North West of England and beyond. This expertise is reflected in the outstanding feedback we receive from students every year, with 92% rating our teacher training as good or very good.

All of our initial teacher programmes are specifically designed to develop teachers who are reflective practitioners, able to apply a deep understanding of the curriculum, learners and learning to impact on the development and achievement of young people in our schools.

The School of Teacher Education and Professional Learning has a well established reputation for delivering innovative approaches to initial teacher education. Our academic team have all been successful teachers and maintain strong links with schools and professional bodies, ensuring that you receive the most up-to-date training and key insights into the field during your course.

Our staff are able to offer a wide range of expertise across phases and settings and contribute to the development of national education policy and government initiatives and policy in curriculum development, school leadership and governance, and initial teacher education.  Our international reputation is also growing through a range of successful projects in collaboration with universities and education providers in Sweden, Poland, Greece, and Singapore.

All of our initial teacher education programmes are accredited by the National College of Teaching and Leadership and students who successfully complete our PGDE programmes graduate with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

QTS is the essential accreditation for anyone who wants to teach in state-maintained and special schools in England and Wales and it demonstrates that you have acquired the competencies and qualities required to be an effective teacher as determined by the Government’s Teachers’ Standards (2011). 

To find out more about the School and our teacher training courses, read our brochure or go to:  www.ljmu.ac.uk/ehc/TeacherEducation.htm

School Direct

School Direct is a new route into teaching which is led by schools, working in close collaboration with Initial Teacher Education providers, such as LJMU. It is an alternative route into teaching from traditional mainstream PGCE and PGDE programmes and offers trainees a more school-centred approach. LJMU works with a number of lead schools across Merseyside as part of the School Direct initiative.

For further details, go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/EHC/schooldirect

Employment and careers

Becoming a modern languages teacher offers you the opportunity to inspire young people’s minds with new ideas and insights into different cultures. This challenging career path is not just about teaching vocabulary and pronunciation; it requires the commitment to developing real cultural awareness. This extension course is the ideal preparation for a Modern Foreign Language (MFL) training course, such as a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) or Schools Direct (SD) and will help get your teaching career off to great start.

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International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice.

Scholarships

LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University from September 2014 onwards.

These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.

You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international

Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:

  • new international applicants
  • current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
  • LJMU international alumni
Name of scholarship Level of study Value of scholarship Number available Additional eligibility criteria
John Moores International Undergraduate Scholarship Postgraduate taught and research degrees (MSc, MA, MRes, MPhil / PhD) A full tuition fee waiver worth up to £12,000 8 You must:
  • have an English IELTS score of 7.0 (with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component) or recognised equivalent
  • be a self-funded student
  • have a valid offer to study a masters programme at LJMU in September 2014
  • submit a completed scholarship application form
Developing Global Citizens Postgraduate Scholarship Postgraduate taught degrees (MSc, MA, MRes) A one-off £4,000 fee waiver 20 You must
  • be a self-funded student from Africa, the ASEAN countries, the People’s Republic of China or Commonwealth country
  • have a valid offer to study a masters degree or research programme at LJMU in September 2014
  • submit a completed scholarship application form

English for Postgraduate courses bursary

A bursary will be available for students who must complete the six week English for Postgraduate Studies course to improve their IELTS score by 0.5 prior to enrolling on their postgraduate taught or research degree at LJMU.

This bursary is worth £700 and takes the form of a tuition fee waiver, which will be deducted from your tuition fee when you enrol on your degree programme. You do not need to complete the online scholarship form in order to receive this bursary. Please note: If you are awarded this bursary you are not eligible to apply for an international scholarship.

English language requirements

Entry requirements

Who is eligible to apply for the Spanish Extension Course?
Graduates in the categories outlined below:

  • English speaking graduates in combined degrees e.g. German and Business Studies.
  • English speaking graduates in German, French, Italian, etc.
  • Graduates who are speakers of languages such as Bengali, Gujarati, Chinese and Japanese and who have a good command of English.
  • Graduates who are native speakers of other languages and who have learned a second language – including English, German, Italian, French, Japanese or Chinese – to an advanced level.

NB: In each of these cases, the level of Spanish of the applicant must be from beginner or post-beginner level up to GCSE. A level students of Spanish will not normally be considered.

What happens if I am a complete beginner in Spanish?
Provided you fit into one of the categories indicated above, you can apply for the Spanish Extension Course on the understanding that you will be required to follow a two-week intensive Spanish beginner course of 4 hours per day, 1st May to 15th May 2013 prior to the start of the Spanish Extension Course.

You will also be required to attend an additional hour of Spanish classes daily for the first 4 weeks of the Spanish Extension Course.

I am not a complete beginner. Can I just do the main course?
If you are not a complete beginner, you will still be required to complete a refresher study pack prior to joining the main course on 17th May.

Application and Selection

How do I apply for the Spanish Extension Course?
The course is designed to qualify you to enter a secondary MFL ITT course in the North West during or after September 2013.

To participate in the Spanish Extension course you must have a conditional offer of a place on your chosen route to QTS. You can do this in two ways:

  • Apply to a North West ITT course through the GTTR (or to your SD programme provider if applicable). You should indicate your willingness to attend the Spanish Extension course, if required, on your application form. You are also recommended to inform the course provider (Liverpool John Moores University) directly. If your application for the Spanish Extension Course is considered suitable, the ITT provider will refer you to Liverpool John Moores University.

Fees information

There are no tuition fees attached to this programme and you will receive a bursary of £160* per week (UK/EU eligibility criteria applies) (subject to TA funding).

Additionally, a 2 week bursary will also be paid for satisfactory completion of the ab-initio course or pre-study work prior to the start of the main course.

To help with your stay abroad, the cost of your flight, accommodation and tuition fees in Spain will be covered.

Financial support

How to apply

Further information

Please contact the Faculty of Education, Health and Community on:
tel: 0151 231 5340
email: marshadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk
web: Faculty web site

If you have any queries relating to LJMU or university life in general please contact:

Course Enquiries
tel: +44(0)151 231 5090
email: courses@ljmu.ac.uk
web: www.ljmu.ac.uk

Via this application form

LJMU's Admissions policy is in line with the University's Equal Opportunities Policy and applications are welcome from all candidates who fulfil the entry criteria. The university has a commitment to equality of opportunity and welcomes application from everyone regardless of age, disability, race or sex. The University is committed to widening participation and therefore will actively consider applicants who do not have a relevant degree but who are able to provide satisfactory evidence of their knowledge in the area. All applicants will be considered by the Recruitment and Selection Panel, if shortlisted applicants will be asked to attend for an interview.

International students

LJMU offers an extensive support system through its international office and study centre. An equivalence to the normal entry requirements is needed for entry. Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example with an IELTS tests or equivalent. Please note that because of UK visa restrictions, International students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis. Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice.


Please Note: The University reserves the right to cancel, suspend or modify in any way the information contained in this leaflet.


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