Teaching modern foreign languages (MFL) at primary level is distinctly different to becoming an MFL teacher in a secondary school.
Primary teachers teach all subjects, but you can add a specialism in languages to your teacher training. Being able to offer this early introduction to languages is critical as it provides the foundation for continued learning at secondary level.
Teaching primary pupils also provides the opportunity to explore creative and playful ways to open minds to the concept of foreign languages and different cultures. This can be a rewarding career and provide continued development in teaching skills and techniques.
Until the results of the curriculum review are published, language learning remains an entitlement for all primary pupils, so there is a need for passionate primary school teachers who can set the foundation stone for languages at this important early stage in education.
This requires specialists who can provide leadership in the teaching of their subject throughout the school as well as engaging in specialist teaching themselves.