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Department of French
Faculty of Education
Simon Fraser University Calendar | Spring 2018

French and Education

Post Baccalaureate Diploma

The Department of French and the Faculty of Education jointly offer this program comprising a set of courses for practising or future French teachers. This program includes courses directly related to the pedagogy of French as a second language as well as courses enhancing previous language competence, or knowledge of French literature or linguistics.

Admission Requirements

Students must seek University admission or readmission and, once admitted, must separately apply to the Department of French advisor for diploma program admission.

Qualifications for application to the program include the following.

  • The completion of a recognized bachelor’s degree with a minimum graduation 2.0 GPA from British Columbia institutions and 2.4 from institutions outside the province. University course work undertaken subsequent to the bachelor’s degree will also be considered for admissibility to this program.
  • A demonstrated knowledge of spoken and written French e.g. competence equivalent to successful completion of FREN 222.

Application packages are available from the Department of French and the Faculty of Education. Before applying, consult with the French department advisor, Hélène Pouliot, 778.782.8744.

For information about initial FREN course selection, the French language placement test, and FREN course disciplines, visit http://www.sfu.ca/french/en/undergrad/certificates-and-diplomas/post-baccalaureate-diploma.html

Program Requirements

Students will successfully complete an approved program comprised of at least 30 upper division units. Graduate courses may be completed with prior approval.

Normally 15 units are completed from each of the French and education course lists below. A minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average (CGPA) is necessary.

The diploma must be completed within five years of program admission.

Teachers seeking a reclassification should note that, since integrated programs are looked upon as upgrading work, all courses must be completed no more than 10 years before the date of reclassification through the Teachers’ Qualification Service.

Transfer Credit

Transfer credit for course work in education and/or in French may be considered to fulfil requirements for this program. A maximum of six transfer units in each of French and education may be awarded.

French Requirements

Students normally choose a total of 15 units, including a minimum of two of

FREN 304 - Advanced French Grammar (3)

Continuation of FREN 222, with emphasis on grammatical analysis. Instruction in class and online. Prerequisite: FREN 222 (or equivalent based on placement test).

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 David Pajot
Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 4140, Burnaby
FREN 307 - The Right Word: Advanced Vocabulary and Translation (3)

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 416 - Acquisition of French as a Second Language (3)

Examines cognitive, linguistic and social processes involved in the acquisition of a second language, with a focus on the acquisition of French, especially as an official language and in a minority language context. Prerequisite: FREN 270 or 275 or LING 222, FREN 301W, and at least one 300-level group A (ling.) course.

The remaining nine units may be selected from 300 and 400 division French courses, except FREN 342.

All course selections must be approved by the advisor in the Department of French.

Students with credit for the above courses or equivalents must select approved substitutes from upper division FREN courses. Students with no previous credit in undergraduate courses in French linguistics or French literature must complete the following lower division prerequisites FREN 275 and/or FREN 245 (or FREN 240).

Education Requirements

Students normally choose a total of 15 units, including both of

EDUC 441 - Multicultural and Anti-racist Education (4)

Focuses on developing approaches for multicultural and anti-racist teaching. Topics include: diversity of race, language and culture among learners; identifying the operation of racism, prejudice and discrimination in classrooms and schools; becoming familiar with a variety of approaches such as: co-operative learning, culturally appropriate assessment, and community involvement to counteract and prevent negative classroom and school dynamics; identifying bias in curriculum resources; and locating entry points in selected curriculum areas (e.g. language arts, social studies, art, music, etc.) for integrating approaches which employ a range of multicultural/anti-racist curriculum resources. Prerequisite: EDUC 401/402 or corequisite EDUC 403. Students with credit for EDUC 382: Diversity in Education: Theories, Policies, Practices may not take this course for further credit.

EDUC 450 - Classroom French Curriculum Studies (4)

Intended for students who would like to gain insight into teaching French as a second language while improving their knowledge of the French language and of the associated culture in a classroom context. The language of instruction will be French. Corequisite: EDUC 402 or EDUC 402W.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
F100 Shauna NĂ©ro
Tu 4:30 PM – 8:20 PM
SUR 3270, Surrey

The remaining seven units may be chosen from

EDUC 325 - Assessment for Classroom Teaching (3)

A survey of assessment methods that contribute to improving teaching and learning, and for making judgments and decisions about qualities of teaching, the classroom environment, and student achievement and growth. Topics include: goal and task analysis, validity and reliability, observing and assessing classroom processes and environments, self-report methods, assessing student achievement, published tests of achievement and aptitude, marking and reporting. Prerequisite: EDUC 220.

EDUC 326 - Classroom Management and Discipline (3)

An examination of contemporary approaches to classroom management and discipline, including a consideration of legal, organizational and administrative issues. The major goal of the course is to enable students to comprehend the basic principles and tenets of a number of management approaches and to translate these principles into specific teaching strategies and skills. Prerequisite: One of EDUC 100, 220, 230, or 240; or EDUC 401/402, or corequisite EDUC 403.

Section Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
EDUC 384 - Special Topics (0) *

Explores major issues of present concern. Subjects to be taught and the exact assignment of units and prerequisites will be announced prior to the beginning of each term. Course may be given on a pass/fail basis. 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 2,3,4,6.

EDUC 385 - Special Topics (0) *

Explores major issues of present concern. Subjects to be taught and the exact assignment of units and prerequisites will be announced prior to the beginning of each term. Course may be given on a pass/fail basis. 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 2,3,4,6.

EDUC 472 - Designs for Learning: Elementary Language Arts (4)

Focuses on developing knowledge, skills and strategies to create a rich and stimulating language arts program in the elementary classroom. Issues in reading, writing, speaking and listening will be examined through current theory and teaching practice. Prerequisite: EDUC 401/402 or corequisite EDUC 403.

EDUC 473W - Designs for Learning: Reading (4) **

Offers theoretical and practical information about teaching reading in K-12 general education settings. Prerequisite: EDUC 401/402 or corequisite EDUC 403. Students with credit for EDUC 473 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

EDUC 474 - Designs for Learning: Elementary Social Studies (4)

Focuses on teaching elementary school social studies and addresses aspects of the theory and practice of social studies education.Students examine their own thinking about social studies education through critical reflection, work with the prescribed curriculum, and explore various ways to develop engaging learning experiences for children within a consistent framework using appropriate instructional materials and methods. Prerequisite: EDUC 401/402 or corequisite EDUC 403.

EDUC 475 - Designs for Learning: Elementary Mathematics (4)

Focuses on teaching elementary school mathematics. Students explore mathematical learning, their own mathematical thinking, and curriculum; and plan mathematical instruction within a consistent framework using appropriate instructional materials and methods. Prerequisite: EDUC 401/402 or corequisite EDUC 403. Students must successfully complete an SFU criminal records check. Quantitative.

Section Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
EDUC 476 - Designs for Learning: Elementary Science (4)

Focuses on teaching elementary school science. Students explore science, aspects of learning science, and 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 480 - Designs for Learning: French as a Second Language (4)

Deals with a variety of approaches, teaching strategies and curricula, for teaching French as a second language in elementary and secondary schools. Prerequisite: EDUC 401/402 or corequisite EDUC 403. Students with credit for EDUC 480W may not take this course for further credit.

EDUC 481 - Designs for Learning: French Immersion Programs and Francophone Schools (4) ***

Focuses on research and theories of language learning in bilingual programs and minority contexts, pedagogical approaches and curricula for teaching in French Immersion programs and Francophone elementary and secondary schools. Instruction given in French. Prerequisite: EDUC 401/402 (French Immersion) or corequisite EDUC 403. Students with credit for EDUC 481W may not take this course for further credit.

* courses offered in French during summer institutes

** this course may be substituted with EDUC 826 if EDUC 473 has already been completed (special permission required).

*** this course may be substituted with EDUC 858 if EDUC 481 has already been completed (special permission required).