Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Education

Contact Details

Mr David Kirkham

Team Leader PGCE in MFL / Team Leader E-Profile

I began my teaching career with a year as an FLA followed by three years as a Lektor in Germany. I taught languages for many years at Tadcaster Grammar School where I was also involved in an MFL primary outreach programme. My final post was as at Barlby High School. For ten years I led the North Yorkshire training programme for FLAs which involved the preparation and delivery of residential courses. Here at the university I lead the PGCE MFL programme and provide support and training for E-Profile, the electronic tracking program and act as Link Tutor to schools in the School Direct programme.

Research Interests

I am particularly interested in the issue of transition from Primary to Secondary education and the role of early MFL teaching in that process. Led by Dr Gary Chambers I have conducted a good deal of research among school children and teachers in Yorkshire and in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt. A further professional interest is that of testing and public examinations in MFL. I am the School’s representative on the OCR consultative committee.


I contribute to the core programme on such issues as the teaching of grammar, post-14 teaching and learning in MFL, ICT in MFL teaching and the use of the Target Language in the classroom.

I teach the language support classes in German and contribute to the ‘Linguists into Schools’ programme for undergraduates.

Media Contact Areas

MFL teaching in English schools, the status of German in schools and public examinations

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