In this section, you can find out more about training programmes for primary school teachers, PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) students in Modern Foreign Languages, Foreign Language Assistants, or for people who would like to develop skills in French language teaching (FLE, Français Langue Etrangère).
For primary school teachers: The Primary French Project
The Primary French project, launched in March 2013, aims to support primary schools wishing to teach French as part of the new statutory curriculum from September 2014.
It brings together three organisations: the Institut français du Royaume-Uni (IFRU), the Association for Language Learning (ALL) and Network for Languages (NfL).
A Four-Year Training Programme
This is a free, open-access, four-year training programme with pedagogical resources and assessments provided by the Institut français: levels bleu, blanc, rouge and tricolore for Years 3, 4, 5 and 6.
By using the materials to teach children, the teacher’s subject knowledge is developed in terms of vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, as well as cultural knowledge. The transition phase known as niveau multicolore is designed to help secondary teachers to understand the primary experience and to build upon it in Key Stage 3.
These materials with assessments and cultural guidance can be freely accessed and downloaded from Culturethèque.
This programme includes training courses at venues across England in the regional centres of Network for Languages. A certificate is delivered to confirm the attendance at the introductory course. If you wish to attend a training course you will find more information on your regional centre’s website.
You can also join an ALL Primary Hub in your area. ALL Primary Hubs offer special support sessions, based on local demand.
Catherine Cheater, Primary French Project Consultant
David Coutisson, Attaché de coopération pour le français
For PGCE Students and Foreign language assistants
Are you a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) student in Modern Foreign Languages or a FLA (Foreign Language Assistant) new to UK? You may be interested in our European pack for complementary training. This project led in collaboration with different European Cultural Institutes and PGCE teaching centres seeks to promote a European approach in MFL teaching.
A framework agreement, reached on 20 June 2014, launched a pilot project for the 2014/15 academic year in London. Since then the European Pack has consisted of two training days, with common modules regarding the European system of language learning as well as general MFL teaching aids.
The Induction Days, held in September & October each year since 2014, are organised by each Cultural Institute for their FLAs in cooperation with the British Council. The Enrichment Day, to be held in January 2017, will be compulsory to get the certificate confirming the complementary training.
For Teaching Aspirants
The BELC (Bureau d’enseignement de la langue et de la civilisation française à l’étranger) offers two training sessions (Winter and Summer Academy) for French or foreign people willing to develop skills in French teaching (FLE, Français Langue Etrangère). These intensive FLE training courses are provided by the CIEP (Centre international d’études pédagogiques).