18/08/2020

The Power of Language: Why Teach Languages at Secondary Level?

Language is a cultural, social and psychological phenomenon. One that has helped us to communicate since as early as Homo Habilis according to some scholars. Understanding different languages around the world allows people to build bridges, and share common ideas.

This is why learning languages is important, and why teaching languages at secondary level is a key responsibility. Our PGCE course will give Postgraduate students full Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a chance to inspire a whole generation of multilingual stars.

Words can shape people and culture

Every second of the day across the world, people speak, write and read. Language is a part of everyday life, however we use or consume it. It’s the human tool for expression, and without it, we wouldn’t be able to communicate.

With more than 7,000 languages spoken across the globe, language also shapes different cultures and forms conceptions or stereotypes. Even the smallest nuances in our words can be interpreted in certain ways or align with certain beliefs.

This is why learning languages is important from a young age. It can give the next generation the essential tools to understand others and have better relationships with people, wherever they are from.

Prepare school pupils for the real world

As well as helping young people explore different cultures and become good global citizens, you can also boost their employability through language.

Linguistic training at a young age will enhance the development of their literacy skills as a whole, so their English will likely improve too. Other benefits of learning language include enhanced cross-curricular skills such as numeracy, problem solving, critical thinking, and many other cognitive skills.

If you’re passionate about languages and you want to inspire young people to expand their horizons, becoming a language teacher could be for you. At the University of Bolton, our PGCE in Modern Foreign Languages gives you the skills and qualifications to become a teacher in your chosen specialist language. You will have a chance to focus on Spanish, French or German. Plus, you’ll get to work on other languages such as Portuguese, Italian or Mandarin (depending on placement opportunities).

To find out how to become a language teacher who inspires, visit our PGCE M (Secondary) Modern Foreign Languages with QTS course page.

 

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