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Martin Kelly

PGDE Secondary Education - Modern Languages (French) 


Why did you choose to study at Strathclyde?

I was aware that the school of education at Strathclyde has a reputation for excellence and that the PGDE from Strathclyde is a qualification recognised and esteemed worldwide. I also have relatives and friends who had already completed the course at Strathclyde and they had nothing but praise for the quality of the learning they had received.

What do you enjoy most about the course? 

The breadth of the learning - the course really attempts to cover all the bases you could possibly think of.  The school placements are also of course invaluable in terms of putting all your knowledge into practice.

What advice would you give to a prospective student?

Try and arrange observation in some schools beforehand - this is invaluable and will really help you decide whether teaching is for you.  Also, be prepared to work very hard - the course is demanding!

What's the best thing about studying the PGDE at Strathclyde? 

The tutors are extremely helpful and will go out of their way to help you with anything you need.  My classmates in modern languages were also supportive and the class had a real family feel to it, with everyone more than willing to help and support everyone else.

Can you describe any specialist knowledge or professional skills you have developed during your course?

The ability to plan and deliver lessons to a demanding audience - teenagers!  Teaching really is a job like no other and it's only once you start doing it that you realise how highly skilled it all is.  My organisational skills and confidence have definitely improved.

How is your current course helping you to prepare for your future career?

There is very much an element to teaching of learning on the job, and I think most people will improve their practice the longer they do it, but techniques which I was taught on the PGDE still underpin a lot of my own teaching. 

What are your ambitions for the future?

To get more teaching experience under my belt and......who knows?!