French Education

French teachers are in demand in BC schools as there are shortages of French teachers in almost every community in BC.  Several Teacher Education Programs prepare candidates to be a BC Certified teacher and to teach Core French and French Immersion classes. The B.C. Ministry of Education offers bursaries to residents of the province who take at least 55% of their courses in French while pursuing full-time studies at an accredited post-secondary institution in Canada.

Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia (Vancouver and Okanagan School of Education) offer teacher education programs led in French. The Ministry of Education’s Bursary for students – Pre-service French Teachers, which is managed by UBC and SFU directly, provides bursaries to students who are training to become French teachers.

Although the University of Victoria only offers teacher education programs in English, this university offers a Professional Specialization Certificate in Teaching French Immersion to individuals who are already certified teachers. Bursaries are available directly from UVic for B.C. teachers who complete this certificate program.

More information about specific programs and courses are listed below.


French Options Bachelor of Education Program

Elementary French Specialists:

Secondary French Specialists:

Within UBC French options programs, the following language/literacy-focused courses are offered in French:



Course Name
LLED 325A.105


Teaching and Learning French in Elementary Schools
LLED 350.105


Classroom Discourses: Elementary
LLED 351.105


Literacy Practices and Assessment: Elementary
LLED 352
(50% in French)


Introduction to Teaching and Learning French: Elementary
LLED 353.105


Teaching and Learning English as an Additional Language: Elementary
LLED 360


Classroom Discourses and Teaching English Language Learners: Secondary
LLED 361


Literacy Practices and Assessment: Secondary
LLED 371.301


Foundations of Teaching French: Secondary
LLED 372.301


Teaching French Language and Literacy: Secondary
LLED 421.93


Gramligne: Learning and Teaching Grammar in Text for the Second Language Classroom
LLED 423.951


Teaching French Adolescent Literature: Secondary

Other courses offered in French where possible include:



EDUC 450


Inquiry I
EDUC 451


Inquiry II
EDUC 452


Inquiry III
EDUC 440


Aboriginal Education in Canada
EDUC 315


Practicum Elementary (2 weeks)
EDUC 321


EDUC 418


Extended Practicum (10 weeks)
EDUC 430


Community Field Experience
EPSE 308


Human Development, Learning, and Diversity
EPSE 310


Assessment and Learning in the Classroom
EPSE 311


Cultivating Supportive School and Classroom Environments
EPSE 317


Development and Exceptionality in the Regular Classroom
EDST 401


Education, School, and Social Institutions
EDST 403


Education, Knowledge, and Curriculum
EDST 404


Ethics and Teaching
EDCP 301


Art – Elementary: Curriculum and Pedagogy
EDCP 308


Music – Elementary: C&P
EDCP 320


Physical Education – Elementary: C&P
EDCP 331


Social Studies – Elementary: C&P
EDCP 340


Mathematics – Elementary and Middle Years: C&P
EDCP 349


Science – Elementary: C&P

Courses that are delivered in French in French Master of Education program:

LLED 489C.61A


La linguistique appliquée dans l’enseignement du français
LLED 520.93A


Théorie et recherche reliées à l’enseignement des langues secondes
LLED 523.93A


Éducation interculturelle: théorie, recherche, et pratique
LLED 525.96A


Éducation bilingue : théorie et pratique
LLED 526.62A


Évaluation d’une langue seconde : approches conceptuelles et empiriques
LLED 552.62A


Apprentissage de la lecture : fondements théoriques, recherche et applications
LLED 573.96A


Théories de l’acquisition d’une langue seconde
LLED 590.61A


Projet de maîtrise
EDUC 500.61A


Méthodologie de recherche en éducation

French Courses to prepare undergraduate students to enter into French education program:

UBC professional development programs for French: Institut de Français, UBC à Québec

French language immersion in the heart of Quebec City!  A three-week immersion program for teachers.

This program is intended for school teachers and administrators interested in improving their French language skills and experiencing Quebec culture.

Please note that the program is delivered entirely in French and it is therefore recommended that teacher-participants arrive with some basic understanding of the language.

Morning classes, afternoon workshops and field trips concentrate on improving the teacher-participant’s ability to converse in French. Communicative methods are used to encourage active student participation. Visits within the community are an integral part of the program.
Participants are expected to have a reasonable level of fitness as the Institute includes numerous field trips.  Additionally, the Collège Mérici does not have an elevator, access ramps, etc.

UBC professional development programs for French: Séjour UBC
Supported by the Department of Language and Literacy Education in UBC’s Faculty of Education, the event is specifically developed for teachers, teacher candidates, and French language students interested in pursuing a career in French education. Activities are focused on action-oriented language use, pedagogical strategies, and cultural experiences with many opportunities for building resources and interacting with other French language professionals along the way.

UBC Extended Learning French programS

UBC Extended Learning French summer institutes (on campus)


UBC Okanagan Faculty of Education Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP) French Education Speciality – STEP French Education:

The STEP French specialization is a program which seeks to explore the various dimensions of teaching and learning French as a second language in the Middle Years and in the Senior Years. Teacher Candidates will discuss and analyze pedagogical approaches and resources such as the experiential communicative approach, provincial curricula (French immersion and Basic French) print, multimedia and on-line resources, classroom management, professional magazines and organizations. Assignments will focus on developing lesson plans and researching available resources.

Les cours de méthodologie de Français langue seconde tentent d’explorer les diverses réalités associées à l’enseignement et à l’apprentissage du français comme langue seconde aux niveaux intermédiaire et secondaire. Les cours portent sur l’analyse des approches pédagogiques et le materiel d’appui: tels que: l’approche expérientielle communicative, les programmes d’études de français langue seconde (immersion française et français de base), le matériel pédagogique/les ressources didactiques/les ressources virtuelles, les revues professionnelles et pédagogiques, les associations professionnelles et la gestion de classe. Les travaux portent sur la préparation et la planification de cours.
French Language Competency Test


Vancouver Island University

French Courses


Global and International Studies

INTS 171 – Beginning French I
INTS 271 – Intermediate French I




Modern Languages: French


French Offered: Minor, Concentration


Professional Specialization Certificate in Teaching French Immersion

  • Teachers will gain the methodology and fluency to be highly effective in the French immersion environment.
  • This credit certificate consists of four courses (6.0 units): two offered online in fall and spring, and two offered face-to-face in summer session.

Core courses

  • EDCI 475 Principles in Teaching French Immersion (1.5 units)
  • EDCI 476 Organization and Instruction in French Immersion (1.5 units)
  • EDCI 477 Designs for Learning (1.5 units)
  • FRAN 475 Modern French (1.5 units)

French Courses (FRAN)


French and Education (Certificate)

Core Courses

Students complete 23 units, including all of
FREN 245 – Introduction to Literary Studies (3) *
FREN 300 – Advanced French: Oral Practice (3)
FREN 301W – Advanced French Composition (3)
FREN 304 – Advanced French Grammar (3)
FREN 416 – Acquisition of French as a Second Language (3)
EDUC 382 – Diversity in Education: Theories, Policies, Practices (4)
EDUC 380 – Introduction to Teaching French in Canadian Contexts (4)
* students who have credit for either FREN 230 or 240 are not required to complete FREN 245

Elective Courses

Students complete a minimum of nine units, including two courses chosen from
FREN 307 – The Right Word: Advanced Vocabulary and Translation (3)
FREN 330 – Francophone World (3)
FREN 331 – Accents of French (3)
FREN 333 – The Magic of French Words (3)
FREN 352 – French and Francophone Cultures through Films and/or Media Texts (3)
FREN 407W – Language in Translation: A Contextual Approach to French (3)
FREN 423 – Topics in the History of French (3)
FREN 425 – Topics in the Varieties of French (3)
FREN 452 – Topics in French and Francophone Cultures or Cinemas (3)
and one course chosen from
EDUC 326 – Creating Positive Learning Communities (3)
EDUC 341 – Literacy, Education and Culture (3)

Course Challenge

Students are responsible for completing prerequisites for the above required and elective courses, and it is possible to challenge for credit these prerequisite courses, in accordance with the Department of French’s policies. However, none of the actual required and elective courses shown above may be challenged for credit.

French Major with a Concentration for Prospective Teachers

Program Requirements

  • Students complete 120 units, as specified below.
  • Depending upon the point of entry, students must complete the lower division requirements (see list below) with a minimum grade of C or better in each of the specified courses (or equivalents).

Lower Division Requirements

Students complete a total of 21 units, including
EDUC 100W – Selected Questions and Issues in Education (3)
and one of
FREN 211 – Intermediate French II (3) *
FREN 212 – French for Immersion Program Students (3)
and one of
FREN 215 – Intermediate French: Oral Practice (3)
FREN 217 – Intermediate French: Oral Practice Through Drama (3) *
and all of
FREN 221 – French Writing I (3) *
FREN 222 – French Writing II (3) *
FREN 245 – Introduction to Literary Studies (3)
FREN 275 – French Linguistics Today (3)

Upper Division Requirements

Students complete a total of 50 units, including 29 units at the 300 level:
all of
FREN 300 – Advanced French: Oral Practice (3)
FREN 301W – Advanced French Composition (3)
and 3 of
FREN 304 – Advanced French Grammar (3)
FREN 307 – The Right Word: Advanced Vocabulary and Translation (3)
FREN 330 – Francophone World (3)
FREN 352 – French and Francophone Cultures through Films and/or Media Texts (3)
and 1 of group A
FREN 331 – Accents of French (3)
FREN 332 – Social Approaches to French (3)
FREN 333 – The Magic of French Words (3)
FREN 334 – Topics in French Applied Linguistics (3)
and 1 of group B
FREN 340 – Survey of Quebecois Literature (3)
FREN 341 – Survey of French Literature to 1600 (3)
FREN 344 – Survey of French Literature after 1789 (3)
FREN 345 – Survey of French Literature from 1600 to 1789 (3)
and 2 of
EDUC 370 – International and Intercultural Education (4)
EDUC 380 – Introduction to Teaching French in Canadian Contexts (4)
EDUC 382 – Diversity in Education: Theories, Policies, Practices (4)
and 12 units at the 400 level chosen among the following:
FREN 407W – Language in Translation: A Contextual Approach to French (3)
and at least 1 of group A
FREN 416 – Acquisition of French as a Second Language (3)
FREN 417 – Topics in the Structure of French (3)
FREN 420 – Discourse Analysis of French (3)
FREN 425 – Topics in the Varieties of French (3)
and at least 1 of group B
FREN 430 – Topics in Québécois Literature (3)
FREN 440 – Topics in French Genre Studies (3)
FREN 441 – Topics in French Literature from the Middle Ages to the Eighteenth Century (pre-1789) (3)
FREN 476 – Interdisciplinary Approaches in French Literature (3)
And 9 EDUC units from the Student Exchange at the Université de Sherbrooke (Québec) or the Université François Rabelais (France)
* Exemption is gained by successful completion of a more advanced French language course. Lower 200 division language courses may be challenged for credit.

French Module within the Professional Development Program (PDP)

Department of French