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Great success in the course to obtain the Teaching Competence Certificate in catalan and foreign languages

Alicante, 9 January 2018
By Marc Santonja
Translated by Alejandro Puertas

 

From 11 December, the UA has been carrying out the fifth course to obtain the Teaching Competence Certificate in Catalan and other foreign languages (French, English and German). As every year, both the number of applicants and final students have increased. This year, 1,716 people applied for the course — almost 200 more applicants than in the 2016/2017 academic year – and out of those, 814 got a place in it — 106 students more than last year. 
This year’s registration process has changed giving priority to University of Alicante students.

It is worth mentioning that the Teaching Competence Certificate enables holders to teach in Catalan and in the other foreign languages at non-university teaching institutions as established by Order 17/2013from the Regional Department of Education, Culture and Sports. The Order regulates the certificates that are required to teach content-oriented courses using Catalan and foreign languages as the medium of instruction, as well as Catalan language courses in non-university institutions in the region of Valencia. Further information about job opportunities for holders of this certificate can be found at the section called Servicio de Formación del Profesorado (Teacher Training Service) at the website of the Regional Department of Education, Culture and Sports.

Following current legislation, the Teaching Competence Certificate is the minimum requirement to teach in Catalan as well as to be a teacher of the Catalan subjects included in the second cycle of Adult Basic Learning Programme. Moreover, the certificate is a requirement to be a teacher in public primary and secondary schools, as well as in vocational education centres.

Students are able to get the Teaching Competence Certificate in a foreign language. For instance, someone who got the Catalan certificate, only has to take the English language subject and submit a B2 level of English to obtain the Teaching Competence Certificate in English. This attractive plan enables students to easily get more than one certificate in just one course.

The course to get this certificate is organised by the Languages Service and has been carried out for five years in a row. Since the course started in the academic year 2013-2014, there have been two groups enrolled in the core subjects – for general and professional competence -, being one in Catalan and the other in English. Regarding the specific language module, the students were able to choose between three groups: Catalan, English and French.  Since academic year 2015-2016, core subjects are also available in French, and German has been added as a specific language.

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