GTCS Accredited Professional Recognition

Prize: Other distinction


We applied and were successful in gaining GTCS accreditation for the TELT course that SCILT ran in collaboration with the Open University.

TEachers Learning to Teach languages (TELT) aims to increase and improve languages provision in primary schools. It is inspired by and contributes to delivery of the Scottish Government’s 1+2. Teachers simultaneously learn a new language and the skills to teach that language. Shortly after commencing their study of the new language, teachers begin teaching it in the classroom through by a series of tutor- and peer-supported application tasks during the course. TELT seeks to:

*bring together primary practitioners from across Scotland and beyond, as it is offered across the 4 UK Nations
*encourage the introduction of additional languages to primary by offering this course in four languages: French, German, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish
*establish a community of practice of primary teachers teaching languages across Scotland and beyond, including e-twinning with participating teachers and schools during TELT study
*teach students not only language and language teaching skills but also develop their intercultural and digital literacies.

How does it work?
TELT is a distance learning programme. There are two strands:

The language strand is available in four languages at Beginners or Post-beginners level. Students can study the language of their choice, at the appropriate level, and can gain 15 OU credits contributing towards an Open Degree. The options are Beginners French, German, Spanish or Mandarin Chinese, or, Post-beginners French, German, Spanish or Mandarin Chinese.

The pedagogy strand is taught at postgraduate level and teachers will receive a certificate upon its successful completion. In Scotland, teachers can additionally work towards a professional recognition award from GTC Scotland for their study.
TELT requires nine months’ of study in total, with around five hours of study each week. Most of this is done online at a time and place to suit the student, although optional face-to-face and online tutorials are available. Participants also collaborate and share ideas and practice through course forums and social media.
Degree of recognitionNational
Granting OrganisationsGeneral Teaching Council for Scotland