MFL - Pre-course Tasks
Task 1: Look at the new (2016 onwards) programmes of study for both KS2, KS3, KS4 in MFL so that you are familiar with them
Task 2: Complete the GCSE exam papers in blue pen. In green pen annotate it with any misconceptions you think students are likely to make.
Subject Knowledge Audit
During your training with Cheshire East SCITT you will need to identify your strengths and weaknesses within your own Subject Knowledge. When the course begins, the audit will also be used to informal planning for further development of “key gap areas” of subject knowledge, which alongside your subject specialist will be able to discuss plans for further development.
This audit is based on the National Curriculum (NC) for MFL teaching in schools. The National Curriculum Programmes of Study (PoS) that started in 2014 is available for reference at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-languages-progammes-of-study The Programme of Study for Key Stage 3 in MFL differs to that which you may have already experienced as a learner yourself. This audit covers general areas of the MFL curriculum that are practical for you to develop, if necessary, before joining the course, and also in the early part of the programme so that you are prepared for teaching across all aspects of the subject, both during the coming year and beyond.
You might describe this as an audit of your knowledge about what to teach in MFL - or at least some of it. This will form a good starting point for considering the next level, which concerns developing your understanding of how to apply your subject knowledge in teaching MFL. Once on the SCITT programme, you will have opportunities to discuss these audits with your fellow trainees, your tutor and mentor, and to review them throughout the year.
How to use this audit
1. Read the audit before completing any of it, in order to get a sense of what is covered here.
2. Against each 'area of subject knowledge', make some brief notes in the 'current expertise' column, indicating the extent of your knowledge about the particular topics covered and where you think you may have areas to develop.
3. Set yourself an action plan for strengthening your knowledge.
4. A few days before the start of the course, fill in the 'evidence at first review' column showing how you have started to develop your subject knowledge.
5. You will be able to discuss this audit with your tutor and mentor when you start the programme.