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Nikki Ansell

PGDE Secondary Education: Modern Languages

What made you decide to train as a teacher?

Following my undergraduate degree in German and French I gained a variety of experience both at home and abroad doing mostly office-based work in recruitment and education sectors. This experience was invaluable and will only help me in my teaching career.

I have always had a real passion for languages and the desire to pass this on to others and to help young people develop was my main reason for deciding to train as a teacher. 

Why did you choose to study at Strathclyde?

The PGDE at Strathclyde has an excellent reputation and rightly so. The fact that the course is equally split between campus-based lectures and seminars and school-based placements also attracted me.

What advice would you give to a prospective student coming to study your course?

On campus- take it all in, read the materials, think about how the theories, techniques and principles are going to affect you in the classroom.

On placement- be enthusiastic; ready to learn; ready to make mistakes and… be kind to yourself.

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

I have met so many like-minded people and made real friends on the course. On top of this, the Modern Languages course is led by inspiring tutors who provide an extremely current learning experience complete with plenty of creative and interactive tasks.

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

The mix of campus and placement learning has made me feel prepared for my NQT year. During placement I took the opportunity to try new methods and to learn from the experienced staff I was lucky to work with. I was also very lucky to be able to do one of my placements in a French school which was an invaluable experience.

What are your ambitions for the future and how do you think your time at Strathclyde will help you achieve your goals?

I hope to bring languages to life for young people in Scotland! I am looking forward to developing as a teacher and having the opportunity to work with new staff and young people.