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Teaching secondary modern foreign languages
Teaching secondary modern foreign languages

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Teaching secondary modern foreign languages


This free course, Teaching secondary modern foreign languages, will identify and explore some of the key issues around teaching modern foreign languages (MFL) in secondary schools. Engaging with these issues and debates will help you to reflect upon and develop your practice as a beginner teacher of MFL. You will also develop a greater awareness of the wider context of MFL education and how this affects teaching a language in the secondary school curriculum.

This course is based on a learner-centred approach to teaching, which is underpinned by a constructivist view of learning – the idea that students will construct knowledge and understanding for themselves as a result of classroom activities and experiences.

Now listen to an introduction to this course by its coordinator, Maria Luisa Pérez Cavana:

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As you work through the activities you will be encouraged to record your thoughts on an idea, an issue or a reading, and how it relates to your practice. Hopefully you will have opportunities to discuss your ideas with colleagues. We therefore suggest that you use a notebook – either physical or electronic – to record your thoughts in a way in which they can easily be retrieved and revisited. If you prefer, however, you can record your ideas in response boxes within the course – in order to do this, and to retrieve your responses, you will need to enrol on the course.

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