CPF BC & Yukon is committed to providing up-to-date resources for those considering a career in French Second Language education as well for in-service teachers seeking to practice their French skills, network with colleagues and learn about instructional strategies for their classrooms, and have put together this list of useful resources, programs and opportunities.
The application deadline for SFU’s and UBC’s French Teacher Education programs starting September 2018 is Wednesday, January 31st. If you have a BA, and speak French, consider applying to one of these amazing programs, as BC needs more qualified FSL educators to join this rewarding and important vocation, now and for the coming years.
French Teacher Education in BC
Start by reading BC’s Ministry of Education Studying to Teach French/in French in B.C. web page.
Teacher education programs at BC universities:
- SFU Professional Development Program French Module prepares students for teaching in elementary and secondary schools in British Columbia in Core French, French Immersion and Programme francophone.
- UBC French Teacher Education Program: BEd Secondary and Elementary options are available for French language teaching opportunities in Core French, French Immersion, Intensive French and Programme francophone.
- UVic Professional Specialization Certificate in Teaching French Immersion. The program is open to in-service and pre-service teachers in British Columbia and beyond and provides them with the methodological knowledge and French language fluency necessary to be a highly effective teacher in the French Immersion environment.
Language Proficiency Assessments:
In addition to the academic and admission requirements, all candidates must demonstrate an appropriate level of French language competency; DELF/DALF certification is required for French specialization applicants. It is recommended to take the DELF-DALF as early as possible to complete your application. Find out more by visiting the following pages:
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)
- Bursary for Post-secondary Education in French: This bursary is designed to support British Columbia residents pursuing a full-time post-secondary program in French at an accredited post-secondary institution in Canada.
- Bursary for Future French Teachers: Post-secondary students in a full time French teacher education program at a post-secondary institution in British Columbia are invited to apply for this bursary.
- Bursary for Teachers – Professional Development in French and Bursary for Teachers – University Courses in French: French teachers who attend courses, conferences and training programs to improve their French academic and linguistic competencies can apply for these bursaries. They can help defray the cost of tuition for courses taken for credit, and of tuition, transportation, and temporary accommodation for non-credit training programs.
- Bursaries for BC Teachers attending UBC Summer Institutes: This table outlines the differences between the two types of bursaries and programs offered by The French Programs Unit of the BC Ministry of Education for BC teachers attending institutes offered by UBC. Funding is provided by the Department of Canadian Heritage of the Government of Canada.
- 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
Language & Professional 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Séjour UBC Presented by UBC’s Faculty of Education in December, Séjour UBC is a weekend event offered entirely in French to support the language development, intercultural learning, and instructional strategies of French teacher candidates in UBC’s Teacher Education Program. Open to practising French teachers who want to teach/TOC in French immersion, generalists who want to teach French at the elementary level and/or anyone who is thinking about becoming a French teacher
- BCTF New Teachers, New TTOCs, and Student Teachers Annual Conference offers workshops to inspire new teachers and the opportunity to share ideas and experiences with other participants, colleagues from all over the province, and BCTF staff. Many workshops for FSL teachers.
French Embassy in Canada: Resources for educational institutions and teachers
- 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.
- 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.
- Bookmark the French Embassy in Canada’s Francecanadaculture.org website to keep up with francophone events taking place all over the country and to find out about French learning opportunities in Canada and abroad.
- L’Association canadienne des professeurs d’immersion (ACPI) supports and enriches French Immersion pedagogy by offering educators professional development, research and networking opportunities as well as experiences for students.
- The Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers (CASLT) provides access to great resources for FSL teachers.
- The BC Association of Teachers of Modern Languages (BCATML) promotes and advances the teaching of modern languages throughout British Columbia.
- The British Columbia Language Coordination Association (BCLCA) is committed to advocacy of effective language and multicultural programs for all learners in BC.
- The Association canadienne d’éducation de langue française (ACELF), is a Canadian association for French-language education which offers resources plus information on exchanges and other opportunities for francophone teachers and students.
- The APPIPC (Association provinciale de professeurs d’immersion et du programme francophone) is an organization of Francophone and French Immersion educators in BC.
- BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) is the union of professionals representing 41,000 public school teachers in the province of British Columbia, Canada. All public school teachers belong to the BCTF and their local teachers’ association.
- Fédération des enseignantes et enseignants de la Colombie-Britannique (FECB) offers info about BCTF in French as well as support and resources to French teachers in the BCTF. Check out its calendar of French events here.
- FrEd Matters Symposiums are one-day collaborative events that promote a growth mindset and address critical topics in French education today.
- Make a Future is the official job board for BC public schools and BC First Nations schools.
- Le Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique (CSF) is British Columbia’s francophone school board. View current teaching opportunities on their job board.
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.
- The Canadian Teacher’s Federation website offers a wide selection of resources for French-language teachers including the series Question d’habitude! which provides French language school teachers with courses of action to develop students’ oral skills in French.
- Français44 was created by the North Vancouver School District to support its French Immersion teachers but has useful resources for all FSL teachers in BC.
- L’Association canadienne d’éducation de langue française (ACELF) has assembled a wide range of educational resources for teaching in French including its Voyage en francophonie canadienne module and a bank of over 650 activities.
- 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.