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Working With Languages, MLANG Career Talks, Cardiff University, 08.02.17

  This well attended meeting took place in the Psychology building and welcomed guests from Caerleon Comprehensive – Chloë Samuels and Emma Muggleton, and the European Commission – Paul Kaye, as well as providing information from within MLANG (School of Modern Languages) itself. About 70 students listened and interacted with the presentations over two hours, prior to retiring for Wine and Nibbles. First up was a presentation from the Caerleon Comprehensive School Language department teachers, Chloë Samuels and Emma Muggleton. Chloë is head of the German department there and Emma is overall head of Modern Languages and teaches French. The school is nestled on the outskirts of Newport and is home to over 1600 secondary pupils. Chloë did her degree at Swansea University, spending time abroad in Berlin. Her time abroad inspired her greatly and she decided she would become a teacher of foreign languages. She spoke of the National trend of the decline in foreign languages being bucked by Caerleon Comprehensive, a testament to the success of the languages department there. Chloë and Emma ask the question: Why Teach? Make a difference transferrable skills impact many lives opportunities to advance work anywhere you go Lifelong learning working with teenagers is energising job security holidays are good Everyday is different and you will never be bored Every child is different Autonomy in your classroom give back to the community – watch students grow Express your creativity / personality Humour With respect to why one should specifically teach languages, Chloë suggests: Passions & love of subject ensure students develop a love of language learning inspiring students – making them understand the value of language learning intangible rewards – seeing students achieve, laughing at the funny things they do, supporting, nurturing and helping young people grow Pupil development – from no knowledge to them becoming semi-fluent share cultural knowledge – exploring other cultures Trips abroad – experiencing the student reaction Maintain own language skills They explore the criteria that constitute a good teacher SKILLS Creativity Organisation Dedication Excellent language skills Other subject skills (2 languages often required although not always essential) Sense of humour Able to motivate learners IT Literacy Tenacity They talked about the PGCE teaching certificate and how university courses could be taken to qualify for this. Also mentioning the funding opportunities. More information to be seen here: Both Chloë and Emma were both very inspiring young ladies and…

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