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French Teacher Education and Language Development Opportunities

Although CPF is a parent organization, teachers and educators are essential to CPF.

Whether it is teachers and principals hosting CPF events in a school setting or parents and teachers uniting to promote and advocate for FSL issues, teachers are undeniably an important demographic in providing accessible quality FSL education for students across Canada. We have put together this list of resources, programs, and opportunities for educators, or people wishing to become more bilingual while working in an educational context.

Bursary Programs

Many bursary programs are available to provide prospective and current teachers with more French-language learning opportunities.

British Columbia Ministry of Education

Start by reading the new Eligibility Criteria and Guidelines for Bursaries (PDF)

National Programs

  • Odyssey: This program offers full-time employment as language assistants in second (official) language classrooms. Applicants must have completed at least one year of post-secondary education.
  • ACUFC French Second Language Entrance Scholarship: The ACUFC (L’Association des Collèges et Universités de la Francophonie Canadienne) offers 25 $5000 entrance scholarships for French Second Language students to continue their studies in French. This bursary is available to students who have completed their studies in French Immersion, Core French or Intensive French and have been accepted into one of the 13 participating ACUFC schools.

Canadian Parents for French BC & Yukon Teacher Award

  • Since 1992, CPF BC & Yukon has been proud to offer a financial award to one or two university students completing their post-secondary education studies and planning to teach French as a second language (immersion, intensive, or core) in BC or Yukon. The award is valued at $2,000, and up to two awards are granted each year. The deadline is in May of each year, and the results are announced each October. More info

French Teacher Education in BC

Language Development Opportunities

  • Institut de Français, UBC à Québec Three-week immersion program for teachers offered every July in Quebec City. The program is designed to respond to the needs of all French second language teachers, both experienced teachers and those just entering the profession.  Bursaries are available for BC teachers.
  • UBC Continuing Studies French Summer Institutes If you are looking to make great strides in your language skills, UBC’s three-week intensive program provides an immersion experience unique in Vancouver.  Bursaries are available for BC teachers.
  • La Maison Française (LMF) at the University of Victoria  An intensive, 5-week non-credit French immersion program in Victoria.  Bursaries are also available to BC teachers, many of whom choose to take this program as a refresher course in the summer.
  • SFU Bootcamp FrancoFUN In a relaxing atmosphere, this Core French Teaching Camp offers a wide range of curriculum-centered, interactive linguistic and cultural activities allowing Core French teachers to practice their French skills, network with colleagues and focus on resources (activities and strategies) for their classrooms.
  • BC Association of Teachers of Modern Languages Pro-D page Visit this page for upcoming professional development opportunities for Second-Language Teachers in British Columbia.
  • ACPI Institut d’été à Nice L’Association canadienne des professionnels de l’immersion (ACPI) organizes this week of professional development in the South of France each July: enjoy workshops and cultural activities in the company of engaging French Immersion experts.

French Embassy in Canada: Resources for educational institutions and teachers

  • Resources for schools and universities: Develop an educational partnership with a French institution; offer training opportunities to your teachers, your students, and their parents; hire French language assistants; become a Diplômes d’Etude en Langue Française (DELF) examination centre; or involve your institution or your students in cultural and scientific projects involving France and the Francophonie
  • Hiring a French language assistant in Canada: Thanks to this language assistant program, Canadian schools and universities have the opportunity to invite a French student into their classroom. These students are generally in the later stages of their courses of study and pursuing a career in education. The general objective of the program is to make it possible for Canadian institutions of learning to offer their students an open view of the French-speaking world and insight into the culture of the country of Molière, Hugo, and Zola.
  • Teaching Assistant Program in France for Canadian participants (TAPIF): Find out how to acquire an invaluable experience, develop your language skills, and experience French culture by taking part in TAPIF, the program that offers teachers the opportunity to work in France for a period of seven months teaching English to students of all ages.
  • Resources for French teachers in Canada: Find teaching French-language resources for your classroom, look for professional development programs, get your students involved in cultural and scientific projects involving France and the Francophonie, or arrange for an exchange with a teacher in France.
  • DELF & DALF Certification: Test and certify your French-language skills with the DELF (diplôme d’études en langue française) and DALF (diplôme approfondi de langue française) examinations, or become a DELF examiner, scorer or trainer.

Educator Organizations

Employment Resources

French Teaching Resources

  • The Language Portal of Canada offers an abundance of educational resources, educational materials, training organizations and information that enhances second official language teaching and learning in Canada.
  • FrenchStreet is a unique collection of French resources designed to support teachers, students and parents. This one-of-a-kind database provides French activities, programs and more that will enhance the French Second Language (FSL) experience in the classroom and in the community.
  • IDÉLLO is a Canadian multilevel digital platform that offers educators thousands of rich, up-to-date educational resources in French. BC schools can subscribe through BCERAC.
  • FRANCOLAB is a free web platform aimed at teaching the French language. Designed for students wishing to perfect their French, and for their teachers, it offers audiovisual content on a variety of themes, quiz games, Canadian television programs on cultural and social topics, and educational fact sheets developed by professionals for in-class and at-home use.
  • Classe Culturelle: a wealth of French-language resources and new material for teachers. Developed by the Culture-Éducation team of the Gouvernement du Québec and the Commission scolaire de la Capitale.
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