Dual Program

April 2020

We regret to announce that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the joint decision has been made with our partner Université de Tours, and following recommendations from SFU International Services for Students, to suspend the Dual Program 2020-2021.

Partnership between SFU and the Université de Tours

The Dual Program allows students, under certain conditions, to obtain both the BC Teaching Certificate and the Master en Didactique du Français langue étrangère (FLE).

Students in the Dual Program will gain specific knowledge in teaching French as foreign language by taking graduate-level courses at the Faculté des Lettres et Langues de l'Université de Tours which have been adapted to meet the EDUC 400 (first PDP term) requirements.  Once students successfully complete the first term in Tours, the credits are transfered towards EDUC 400 at SFU.  

The courses offered in France require that students possess a very good level of competence in French. Participants are generally required to possess the DELF B2 or higher.

Option 1
First semester of the PDP - French Module in Tours, France, followed by three PDP semesters at SFU

  • Semester in Tours (September to December), tuition fees paid to SFU
  • Semester at SFU: PDP - French Module (January to April) EDUC 401/402, tuition fees paid to SFU
  • Semester at SFU: PDP - French Module (May to August) EDUC 404, tuition fees paid to SFU
  • Semester at SFU: PDP - French Module (September to December) EDUC 405, tuition fees paid to SFU

Upon successful completion, students obtain the BC Teaching Certificate and the Master 1 (M1) transcript. The M1 is not a diploma, it is the first year of the Master français which requires both the Master 1 and the Master 2 (M2).  If you are interested in continuing on to the M2 to obtain the Master français, see option 2.

Note : The four semesters must be completed for the M1, not only the first semester in Tours. The semester in Tours can only be completed from September to December and cannot be completed during any other semester. The credits are transfered as EDUC 400 and must be successfully completed in order to enroll in the following semester of PDP.

 

Option 2
First semester of the PDP - French Module in Tours, France, followed by three PDP semesters at SFU and six months for the mémoire

  • Semester in Tours (septembre à décembre), frais de scolarités avec SFU
  • Semester at SFU: PDP - French Module (January to April) EDUC 401/402, tuition fees paid to SFU
  • Additional mandatory course - EDUC 380 during EDUC 401/402, tuition fees paid to SFU
  • Semester at SFU: PDP - French Module (May to August) EDUC 404, tuition fees paid to SFU
  • Semester at SFU: PDP - French Module (September to December) EDUC 405, tuition fees paid to SFU and enrolment in the M2 at the Université de Tours
  • M2 - mémoire professionnel (completed remotely), enrolment at and tuition fees paid to the Université de Tours (January to June)

Upon successful completion, students obtain the BC Teaching Certificate and the Master français.

Note : All of the semesters and the mémoire count towards the M2, not only the semester in Tours and the mémoire. The semester in Tours can only be completed from September to December and cannot be completed during any other semester. The credits are transfered as EDUC 400 and must be successfully completed in order to enroll in the following semester of PDP.

Academic advantages

  • option of obtaining the Master from France in teaching French as a Foreign Language
    Master Dual Program in Tours
  • observations in classrooms in schools or institutions where French is taught
  • excellent theory component which complements the practical component of the PDP
  • for students in option 1, excellent preparation for the Master in Education at SFU or for continuation of studies in the Master 2 (M2) in France: Master 2 (online) in Tours

Professional advantages

  • excellent addition to your resume: experience in a different education system and different culture
  • job opportunities in language schools in Canada as well as in France and elsewhere in the world (Alliances françaises and Instituts français)

Personal advantages

  • live in a historical region in France, rich in culture and traditions
  • explore other Francophone countries in Europe
  • experience a daily immersion in French language and culture
  • Université de Tours offers a certain number of bursaries of several hundreds of Euros per month
  • university residences and meals at student rates

Université de Tours

You will experience a stimulating life as a student at the Université de Tours in a city that offers a great quality of life. Tours is situated in the Val deLoire, less than 1 hour away from Paris by the TGV, and is a lively cosmopolitain city.

Take a virtual tour of the city of Tours.

Tours, a historical center for education
History has recorded that Tours has often been an active center for education. Medicine has traditionally been taught in Tours since the Gallo-Roman time in the III and  IV centuries.  Gatien, bishop of the city Caesarodunum, founded a medical academy. In the high middle ages, medicine was being taught in an Episcopal school, then in the convents, notably in the Abbaye de Marmoutier on the right bank of the Loire river, where patients came from afar. At the times of Charlemagne, bishop Alcuin founded the École de Rhétorique in Tours, the distant ancestor of education in literature and philosophy.

Touraine - cultural pole of the Renaissance
At the end of the Middle Ages and during the Renaissance, Touraine, which was the 'Vallée des Rois' (Valley of the Kings), was the place where illustrious writers, musicians and clerks gathered and it became the cultural pole of the Renaissance. The Touraine is the homeland or adoptive land to Rabelais, Ronsard, Michel Colombe, Léonard de Vinci, then to Descartes, de Vigny, Balzac and Anatole France.

Admission criteria

  • Bachelor degree, preferably studies in French (major, minor or equivalent)
  • Candidates must be admitted to the PDP French Module
  • French Language requirement: Minimum DELF B2

Application

The application must include:

  • an application form
  • a letter of motivation
  • a headshot (an electronic version will do)

For the 2021 program, applications must be received before April 15, 2021 (even if you have not received a decision from PDP Admissions). Please send applications to:

Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs (OFFA)
Simon Fraser University
Cornerstone Building
8960 University High Street, Bur. 198
Burnaby, BC V5A 4Y6

Applications can also be sent by email: educprog@sfu.ca.

After April 15, 2021, please contact us to see spots are still available.

Attention: Applicants must be eligible for and admitted to the PDP - French Module. Admission deadlines to the PDP and the SFU general admission must be respected.

Candidate selection

Students will be informed of admission decisions in May. Interviews may be organized with the applicants.

Cost

For the first 16 months of the program, tuition and fees are paid to the home university.  The tuition and fees are the same as for the PDP, approximately $12,000 for domestic students.

For the Master (option 2), students must complete an additional course EDUC 380 (4 credits) during the session EDUC 401/402 and tuition fees are to be paid to SFU.

For the Master (option 2), students must register in September during the EDUC 405 session at the Université de Tours for the Mémoire professionnel (January to June).  Tuition fees for this session are paid to Université de Tours (approximately 243 euros).

Students are responsible for their own airfaire and transport costs, residence and personal expenses.

Bursary

For the 2021 entry, the number and amount of the bursaries is to be confirmed. In the past few years, the Université de Tours graciously offered three bursaries of 500 euros per month (4 months) to selected SFU students.

More information

Students must apply for a student visa. French students coming from Tours must apply for a student co-op work permit which is required to do their practicum in the schools. Medical coverage abroad is essential. Students must comply to the host university's regulations and prove that they are worthy to represent their home university as best as possible.

EDUC 380 is mandatory for all incoming students from the Université de Tours. This course is also mandatory for SFU students doing the Master (M1 + M2).

Contact

  • Email: educprog@sfu.ca
  • Tel: 778.782.7646
  • Office: Cornerstone 198C, SFU Burnaby