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Remote interview information for candidates

The interview may involve a number of candidates and will be conducted remotely via Microsoft Teams. You will be required to plan a short presentation, undertake a writing task and you will be tested on your subject knowledge. There will be a series of formal questions and an opportunity for you to discuss the programme with the subject lead.

Prior to interview

  • Please watch the video presentation by the Programme Director – Will Bailey-Watson

  • Prepare an oral presentation as follows: A short presentation on any aspects of teaching and learning a foreign language that interest you. The presentation should last no longer than 5 minutes (absolute maximum) and be in English (NB No audio-visual equipment may be used). 

The remote interview process


Your interview will start with an introduction by the interviewer who will also answer any questions you have relating to the course.

You will then be given 5 minutes to deliver your oral presentation to the interviewer.

You will then be asked a series of formal questions which will explore your motivations for becoming a teacher, your passion for teaching languages, and look to draw upon your subject knowledge and specialisms. There will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions.


Written task

Immediately following the interview, we will send you an email containing two tasks:

  • A short reading/writing task intended to assess your English fluency and comprehension
  • A written task in the main teaching language on a general topic, given to you on the day of your remote interview

Please write your answers by hand and write no more than one side of A4 paper for each task. You should spend one hour in total on this task, then scan the pages or take a photograph and send them back to us.

Subject-specific programme information

The MFL cohort usually consists of 20-25 RPTs (Reading Partnership Teachers), with an age-range from 20 to over 50. The vast majority of the cohort are postgraduates, but we also run the QTS module for a degree in Modern Languages with Qualified Teacher Status for a small number of undergraduates who join us for University sessions.

We have RPTs from the UK, Europe, North Africa and South America, who speak a range of languages in addition to our official French, German and Spanish.

Most RPTs have two teaching languages (from French, Spanish and German). Precourse Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses are available for applicants’ first and second teaching language if deemed appropriate. The completion of such a course needs to be a condition of an applicant’s PGCE offer in order for them to qualify for SKE funding, so please ask us at interview if you feel you will need subject knowledge enhancement.

MFL session are taught in English to the whole cohort with examples in French, German and Spanish, and opportunities to work on a particular language for practical work.

The sessions usually start with the presentation and discussion of principles for teaching and learning in a particular area, followed by hands-on, practical tasks, preparing RPTs for the classroom

An overview of the taught sessions for the first term for the current year is provided below to give a sense of the programme.



Session title

6 Sept 21 Monday

09.30 Course introduction; Language learning experiences and beliefs


11.30 Course practicalities


13.30 Teaching sequences

7 Sept 21 Tuesday

09.30 Principles of Language Teaching, and Curriculum rationales


11.30 Building on prior learning


13.30 Setting the context for MFL learning: GCSE


16.00 Introduction to micro-teaching

9 Sept 21 Thursday

National Curriculum


Subject Knowledge


Communicative language teaching and oral interaction

13 Sept 21 Monday

09.30 Communicative language teaching; Input, output and interaction


14.00 Teaching through the target language

14 Sept 21 Tuesday

09.30 Observing teachers at work


11.00 onwards: Individual tutorials


16.00 Meet RPT from last year

15 Sept 21 Wednesday

Vocabulary and phonics


Reading, listening and metacognition


Developing oral skills

20 Sept 21 Monday

09.30 Teaching and learning vocabulary and phonics


13.30 Question and answer


15.00 Subject knowledge work

21 Sept 21 Tuesday

13.30 Assignment 1

27 Sept 21 Monday

09.30 Introduction to lesson planning


13.30 Teaching reading, listening and metacognition

28 Sept 21 Tuesday

13.30 Developing pupils’ oral skills (i)

15.40-17.00 Mentor meeting

4 Oct 21 Monday

09.30 Creativity and games


13.30 Developing pupils’ oral skills (ii)


15.30 Micro-teaching 1: Introducing new language

5 Oct Tuesday

13.30 Teaching reading and listening (ii) – small group tasks

11 Oct 21 Monday

09.30 Lesson planning Part 2 – adapting resources


13.30 Micro-teaching2:Information-gap tasks

12 Oct 21Tuesday

13.30 SLMS- Grammar


15.00 SLMS -inclusion

18 Oct 21 Monday

09.30 Teaching at KS4


13.30SLMS – Motivation


15.00 Micro-teaching 3: Listening and reading

19 Oct 21 Tuesday


1 Nov 21 Monday

09.30 Behaviour – managing the MFL classroom


13.30 Individual needs

8 Nov 21 Monday

09.30 Adaptive teaching


13.30 Micro-teaching:4 creative task & running a game; 5pairwork& grammar

15 Nov 21 Monday

09.30 A-level: Bridging the gap


13.30 Building on prior learning (ii)


15.30 Subject knowledge development

22 Nov 21 Monday

Assignment tutorials

29 Nov 21 Monday

09.30 SLMS: Writing


10.30 Developing writing skills


13.30 Managing assessment, recording and reporting

13 Dec 21 Monday

09.30 Group progress tutorial, peer review of targets and taking stock; looking ahead to medium-term planning


13.30 Revisiting behaviour for learning


14.45 Meaningful practice (i): spontaneous speaking revisited

14 Dec 21 Tuesday

09.30 Meaningful practice (ii): using video, literature and authentic texts


13.30 Assignment 1 troubleshooting


15.00 End of term celebration