Press Releases 2014-2015

UWTSD Students Support Local School with Modern Foreign Languages


UWTSD students on the Secondary PGCE course in Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) visited Ysgol Gyfun Gŵyr recently for a day of intensive speaking practice for pupils at the school. 

The day followed on from an inspiring talk from Anna Vivian Jones from CILT Cymru (The National Centre for Languages) and Head of Modern Languages at Ysgol Gyfun Gŵyr.

Tim Early, PGCE trainees said: "Anna spent some time with us in university, giving us a great insight into the inspirational work currently being undertaken by CILT Cymru. She kindly provided us with ideas and resources for the promotion of language learning and triple literacy in schools, so it was nice to be able to give something back to her and the pupils at Gŵyr."

Eight of the MFL PGCE students gave up a day of their Easter holidays in order to provide speaking practice for AS, A level and GCSE pupils. The event gave the students an opportunity to carry out mock oral exams and was beneficial for all pupils involved. The students were able to successfully navigate between French, Welsh and English, demonstrating to pupils at the school triple literacy skills.

Siân Brooks, lecturer in PGCE Secondary MFL said "This sort of event provides A level and GCSE pupils with the type of intensive speaking practice and feedback that is difficult to replicate in a normal working day. It also offered the PGCE trainees the opportunity to practise their subject knowledge and understand the pressures of preparing examination classes for the oral examinations.  Even though I was involved in helping with the mock 'A' level orals, I kept wanting to look around the room to soak up the atmosphere of so many people speaking French at once! It was such an enjoyable day.”

The PGCE course in Modern Foreign Languages at UWTSD prepares students to teach their main target language to pupils aged 11-18 and, where applicable, their subsidiary language to pupils aged 11-14. There is an emphasis on interaction, critical reflection, high linguistic levels and imagination.

Note to Editor

  1. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University
  2. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University
  3. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014


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