If you are passionate about teaching young people and speak French as a first or second language, then why not say bonjour to a career as a French teacher? The government is committed to increasing the number of pupils gaining language qualifications such as French. However, there is a current shortage of gifted French teachers and not enough pupils are leaving school with the ability to speak a second language – something that could be only be changed with more inspirational language teachers who can deliver the secondary curriculum effectively.
In terms of other European countries, the UK is way behind as a nation that speaks other languages. It is almost embarrassing that many Europeans can converse with us in English but we do not have a basic grasp of their language. With more talented French teachers we can redress the balance and provide young people with a useful skill that will serve them well when they leave school.
Teaching languages introduces pupils to other cultures and improves their communication skills. A language GCSE can also provide them with a competitive edge when applying to study for a wide range of degree courses at University. In addition, a second language opens career opportunities in the global jobs market. In fact, around three quarters of employers responding to a recent CBI Education and Skills survey stated that they needed their employees to have some foreign language skills.
Therefore, as a French teacher you will not only be providing pupils with the chance to become fluent in another language, you will also be offering them a solid platform from which they can succeed in life. French is still the most popular language in secondary schools, so as a French teacher you will always be in demand.
Through teaching this subject, you can bring your passion in French to life by devising and delivering a wide range of engaging lessons that inspire, educate and excite your pupils. Your enthusiasm for your subject will help you discover how to open your students’ eyes and ears to the beauty of the language through exploring its uses in business, everyday life and culture.
Your creativity and tenacity will help you to break down barriers and discover new methods to help both struggling and high-achieving students get the most from the language, developing and nurturing their verbal and written skills. A highly rewarding role, you will see your pupils embark on a journey as you take them from complete beginners to individuals who could go on to using their language skills in further education, travels or a career. You may even inspire a young person to follow your example and become a future French teacher.
Working with secondary schools, academies and colleges throughout London, Manchester and the North West, we have a wide range of exciting opportunities for both new and experienced teachers. Our vast network of schools and further education institutions are always on the lookout for gifted teachers – individuals like you. Our core team is made up of former teachers. Therefore, we understand your needs and can fully support you in finding the right destination for your professional development.
As providers of bespoke education solutions, by the profession for the profession, we take a great deal of time and effort to find the right school for all of our teachers. Therefore, you can rest assured that we will go the extra mile to find the right location for you – a place of work where you will be happy to teach and the pupils will be happy being taught by you.
If you are passionate about getting into teaching but do not have a teaching qualification, we can still help you to fulfil your dream. Our two-year Graduate Training Programme will provide you with the necessary skills and experience you need to succeed. Through working in a supporting role as a teaching assistant whilst undertaking training to gain Qualified Teacher Status, we’ll guide you every step of the way on your journey to becoming a French teacher. With a genuine desire to become a teacher and improve the lives of young people and a commitment to equal opportunities, you can go a long way.
As will all jobs that involve working with young people, you will be subject to passing a Disclosure Barring Service Background check. This is standard procedure for all teachers and if you have any concerns or questions surrounding this, we are happy to help answer your queries.
As with any teaching role, becoming a French teacher is a highly rewarding job. In addition to rising to the challenge of helping children of mixed abilities to master a new language; a career as a languages teacher has enormous scope for your own professional development. You may become head of languages, head of year or coordinator of a cross-curricular area, such as special needs. Whichever path you choose to take, a career as a French teacher makes perfect sense in any language.
If you wish to know more about the exciting opportunities we can offer, please contact Castles Education today by completing the registration form.