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French and Education Certificate
This program prepares students, who possess diverse qualifications and background, before they enter the French professional development program, or during their career as French teachers. The program helps students to reach a higher standard of French language proficiency and provides them with a focused and cohesive understanding of foundational perspectives and expertise in theoretical and methodological aspects of second language teaching, and principles of language learning, contextualized in the minority context of French training in British Columbia.
Students looking to hone their French language proficiency in order to apply to our French Teacher Education programs to become a French K-12 teacher, or working French educators.
Units earned in the French and Education Certificate may be applied to a major or a minor program, should the student wish to pursue those later. However, units that are used for credit toward a certificate may not be applied to another Simon Fraser University certificate or diploma program. Students may apply for relevant transfer credit to a maximum of nine units in French, and six units in education for this certificate.
Applicants must meet the normal Simon Fraser University admission requirements. Admission approval must also be obtained from the Department of French.
Students complete 23 units, including all of:
FREN 245 - Introduction to Literary Studies (3) *
Introduction to Literary Studies
An introduction to French literary studies with selected works in poetry and prose, including theatre. Attention will be given to methods of analysis. The course will be conducted in French. Students with credit for FREN 240 or 230 cannot take FREN 245 for further credit Prerequisite: FREN 222 (students with B+ in FREN 221 can take 222 concurrently with 245). Breadth-Humanities.
FREN 300 - Advanced French: Oral Practice (3)
Advanced French: Oral Practice
Designed to further develop ability in oral expression. Instruction in class and in lab. Students with native or near-native proficiency are not allowed to take this course and must contact the instructor for evaluation or exemption prior to enrolment. Prerequisite: FREN 222 or, with a grade of A and permission of instructor, FREN 215 or 217.
FREN 301W - Advanced Writing (3)
A writing course to improve precision, organization and style when writing academically or creatively in French. Students with credit for FREN 301 may not take this course for further credit. Prerequisite: FREN 222 or, with a grade of A, FREN 221. Writing.
FREN 304 - Advanced French Grammar (3)
Advanced French Grammar
Continuation of FREN 222, with emphasis on grammatical analysis. Instruction in class and online. Prerequisite: FREN 222 (or equivalent based on placement test).
FREN 416 - Acquisition of French as a Second Language (3)
Designs for Learning: Secondary Science
Focuses on teaching secondary school science. Students explore the sciences and aspects of learning science; examine their own scientific thinking; work with the prescribed curriculum; and plan science learning experiences within a consistent framework using appropriate instructional materials and methods. Prerequisite: EDUC 401/402 or corequisite EDUC 403.
EDUC 382 - Diversity in Education: Theories, Policies, Practices (4)
Diversity in Education: Theories, Policies, Practices
An examination of the impact of social diversity on schooling in Canada exploring contemporary issues and perspectives on diversity education as they relate to cultural, ethnic, racial, linguistic, religious, economic, and gender differences. Prerequisite: 60 units.
EDUC 380 - Introduction to Teaching French in Canadian Contexts (4)
Introduction to Teaching French in Canadian Contexts
For students contemplating becoming teachers of Immersion, Core French at the secondary level, or for intermediate and middle school generalists who want to have an introductory overview of second language teaching in general and French education in British Columbia specifically. The general objective is to help prospective French teachers to better understand Canadian bilingualism, its historical, sociopolitical and cultural context, as well as gain a basic understanding of French education programs in British Columbia. The language of instruction will be French, but the class will be "English-friendly". Prerequisite: FREN 301 or 304 or 370 or equivalent.
* students who have credit for either FREN 230 or 240 are not required to complete FREN 245
Students complete a minimum of nine units, including two courses chosen from:
FREN 307 - The Right Word: Advanced Vocabulary and Translation (3)
The Right Word: Advanced Vocabulary and Translation
Choosing the right word for the right context is the principal aim of this course. Through practical exercises and a variety of simple translation techniques students will expand their vocabulary and become more familiar with the nuances of French. Prerequisite: FREN 222.
FREN 330 - Francophone World (3)
A multidisciplinary analysis of socio-cultural aspects of French speaking countries, involving written work and oral participation. Prerequisite: FREN 222 or permission of instructor. Breadth-Humanities.
FREN 331 - Accents of French (3)
Accents of French
An introduction to notions paramount to the study of French accents such as linguistic norm, representations and attitudes, phoneme and allophones for instance. Analyses on short corpora will provide students a hands-on experience and will lead to discussions about relevant methodologies. Prerequisite: FREN 275 or 270 or LING 222.
FREN 333 - The Magic of French Words (3)
The Magic of French Words
An introduction to the study of the form, structure, evolution and use of French words. Selected topics related to the study of French words in Morphology, Terminology, Orthography, Etymology, Diaphasic and Diatopic Varieties and Language use. Prerequisite: FREN 275 or 270 or LING 222.
FREN 352 - French and Francophone Cultures through Films and/or Media Texts (3)
French and Francophone Cultures through Films and/or Media Texts
Explores various cultural topics of French and Francophone countries (Europe, America, Africa, Asia) with the aid of visual and/or media text documents. Prerequisite: FREN 222. Students with B+ in FREN 221 may take FREN 222 and FREN 352 concurrently.
FREN 407W - Language in Translation: A Contextual Approach to French (3)
Language in Translation: A Contextual Approach to French
Translating from English to French allows students to explore and understand the nuances of French as well as language transfer. Through the precise use of vocabulary, grammar, and syntax, students will improve their writing skills. They will also learn how to identify context in a variety of documents. Prerequisite: FREN 301W and one of FREN 304 or FREN 307 or permission of the department. Writing.
FREN 423 - Topics in the History of French (3)
Topics in the History of French
Studies of selected topics in French historical linguistics. Subject matter may include external history, history of sound changes, morphological and syntactic changes. Prerequisite: FREN 270 or 275 or LING 222, FREN 301W, and at least one 300-level group A (ling.) course.
FREN 425 - Topics in the Varieties of French (3)
Topics in the Varieties of French
Study of selected topics in French dialectal variation. Subject matter may include, but is not limited to, French Dialects, Canadian French and French Creoles. Students with credit for FREN 421 and/or 422 may not take this course for further credit. Prerequisite: FREN 270 or 275 or LING 222, FREN 301W, and at least one 300-level group A (ling.) course.
FREN 452 - Topics in French and Francophone Cultures or Cinemas (3)
Topics in French and Francophone Cultures or Cinemas
Study of selected topics relating to French and Francophone cultures or films. Prerequisite: FREN 230 or 240 or 245, FREN 270 or 275 or LING 222, FREN 301W, and at least one 300-level group A (ling.) or group B (lit.) course.
And one course chosen from:
EDUC 326 - Creating Positive Learning Communities (3)
Creating Positive Learning Communities
Prepares student teachers to design positive learning environments in K-12 classrooms. The focus will be on practical approaches to creating a space in which students and teachers can work successfully together toward common goals. Prerequisite: One of EDUC 100, 220, 230, or 240; or EDUC 401/402, or corequisite EDUC 403.
EDUC 341 - Literacy, Education and Culture (3)
Literacy, Education and Culture
What counts as literacy and whose literacies are valued? What does this mean for the organization of societies, and for teaching and learning? How is literacy implicated in projects of social ordering, colonialism, oppression and empowerment? This course explores these questions through case studies, histories, policies and place-based investigations of literacy education across the life course and inside and outside formal schooling. Prerequisite: 60 units including three units in EDUC courses. Breadth-Humanities.
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