PGCE Secondary MFL

PGCE Secondary Education Modern Foreign Languages


The interview provides you with an opportunity to demonstrate your potential for training and subsequent role as a teacher.  You will require a pen in order to undertake some basic literacy and numeracy activities as well as MFL-specific ones.  You will be interviewed by staff who work within the Secondary Teacher Education Partnership, therefore from the Marjon MFL team and teachers from our partner schools.  Questions will explore your communication skills, subject knowledge, awareness of teaching and learning and commitment to equal opportunities.  The interviewing tutors will also be keen to find out details of your prior experience of teaching, and any involvement with young people, particularly in the 11-18 age range.


Presentation Assessments

  1. Microteaching: you will be expected to teach, in no more than 5 minutes, something to the other candidates/interviewers. This does not have to be language-related at all. For instance it could be origami; making a cup of tea (!); a recipe; how to make a finger puppet; presenting the area you come from, etc.

    You will also be expected to evaluate your own teaching as well as that of another candidate, pointing out strengths, areas for development and making suggestions.

  2. Subject Knowledge assessments – You will be expected to complete a marking activity using a MFL text in the first language you want to train to teach, not only needing to identify linguistic errors but also having the explain why these commonly occur with Anglophone learners.


Literacy Assessment

  1. During the day you will be given a task to assess your ability to read, understand and provide a response to a written article.  The article to be reviewed is (click on the title to access), Nicky Morgan tells pupils: study Stem subjects to keep your options open’ (TES 10th November 2014).
  2. ‘In tray’ activity – ordering and organising teacher related activities 

Numeracy Audit

Focuses on the type of mental arithmetic and ‘on-screen’ questions in the Skills Tests to support your preparation to take this test.


Criteria for Assessment

You will be selected based on the following criteria

  1. Knowledge, skills, academic background and prior experience
  2. Qualities, attitudes, ethics and values
  3. Aptitude for teaching
  4. Ability to communicate effectively

These criteria will be applied through all aspects of the day including the written activity, presentation activity, formal interview and how your present yourself on the day.

In addition judgements will be made on your Health and physical capacity to teach as outlined by the National College of Teaching and Leadership ITT criteria 2013


Preparation for Interview

In order to prepare for the interview, all applicants for PGCE Secondary Education with MFL are asked to:

  1. Prepare for the activities stated above
  2. Access/read the National Curriculum for Modern Foreign languages available from
  3. Request verification of your classroom experience from the school using the School feedback form (sent with your interview invitation letter)
  4. Complete the Subject Knowledge audit (sent with your interview invitation letter)
  5. Complete the Education audit (sent with your interview invitation letter)

The above-mentioned documents are to be scanned and emailed to at least 7 days before your interview date.


Professional Skills Tests

Entrants for Initial Teacher Education programmes need to be aware of Government regulations regarding mandatory skills tests in numeracy and literacy. The cut-off date for achieving these is 30th June. 

Applicants should register at the following link as soon as you have applied for an ITT programme,  . Prior to being able to take a place on at ITT course applicants must successfully pass both Literacy and Numeracy Skills tests.  We suggest that you take the time to familiarise yourself with the skills tests requirements, attempt practice tests and Register your tests at your local Test Centre.