Fall 2021 - EDUC 486 D200

Special Topics

Ident, Language & Teaching

Class Number: 8020

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 1:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    AQ 5039, Burnaby



Sections will deal with major issues of present concern. Subjects to be discussed will be announced during the term prior to that in which the course is to be offered. The exact assignment of units (3, 4 or 6) and prereq for the special topics offering will be announced prior to the beginning of each term. A maximum of 12 units in education special topics courses may be used toward a bachelor of education degree or a bachelor of general studies (EDUC) degree. Variable units: 3, 4, 6.


EDUC 486 – Identity, Language and Teaching: Exploring tensions and intersections in bi-/plurilingual teachers of French (3 credits)

In this course, student-teachers will be invited to reflect upon their identity as speakers of French as an additional language and how this identity might intersect with the construction of their professional identity as teachers of French. The ways studentteachers perceive themselves as professionals impact their development as well as their interactions with their colleagues, their pedagogical choices and their classroom practices. Understanding the complexities of their identity will give them access to a sense of ownership of language.

Some parts of the course will be taught in French and others in English.


  • Explore and reflect upon theories related to bilingualism and identity.
  • Develop an understanding the tensions around the legitimacy of teachers for whom French is an additional language.
  • Participate and contribute to the construction of a professional and linguistic community.
  • Reflect and demonstrate an understanding of one’s own linguistic journey from learner to teacher.
  • Engage in language-learning activities that strengthen one’s ability to use French in varying and challenging contexts, including the interaction with more fluent speakers, in Education-specific topics.
  • Reflect upon how the taking and choosing of linguistic risks can help empower individuals in the construction of their identity


  • Weekly discussion responses on Canvas and class participation 10%
  • Risk-taking and cultural passport 25%
  • Duel oratoire + self assessment 25%
  • Multimodal linguistic journey 40%


Assignments may be subject to modifications.

There is no final exam for this course.



Required reading will be provided on the Canvas platform. No purchase is necessary.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.