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French and Education


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.

This certificate program is available to those without a bachelor's degree. Units earned 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.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the normal Simon Fraser University admission requirements. Admission approval must also be obtained from the Department of French.

Program Requirements

Students will successfully complete a minimum total of 32 units, as listed below.

Core Courses

Students complete 23 units, including all of

FREN 245 - Introduction to Literary Studies (3) *

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. Prerequisite: FREN 222 (students with B+ in FREN 221 can take 222 concurrently with 245). Students with credit for FREN 240 or 230 cannot take FREN 245 for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.

FREN 300 - Advanced French: Oral Practice (3)

Designed to further develop ability in oral expression. Instruction in class and in lab. Prerequisite: FREN 222 or, with a grade of A and permission of instructor, FREN 215 or 217. 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.

FREN 301W - Advanced Writing (3)

A writing course to improve precision, organization and style when writing academically or creatively in French. Prerequisite: FREN 222 or, with a grade of A, FREN 221. Students with credit for FREN 301 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

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 Rejean Canac-marquis
May 6 – Jun 17, 2024: Tue, Thu, 2:30–5:20 p.m.
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.

EDUC 382 - Diversity in Education: Theories, Policies, Practices (4)

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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Ozlem Sensoy
May 6 – Aug 2, 2024: Mon, 1:30–5:20 p.m.
F100 Sessional
Jun 25 – Aug 2, 2024: Tue, Thu, 5:30–9:20 p.m.
EDUC 380 - Introduction to Teaching French in Canadian Contexts (4)

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

Elective Courses

Students complete a minimum of nine units, including two courses chosen from

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 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Cecile Vigouroux
May 6 – Aug 2, 2024: Wed, 9:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
FREN 425 - Topics in the Varieties of French (3)

Study of selected topics in French dialectal variation. Subject matter may include, but is not limited to, French Dialects, Canadian French and French Creoles. Prerequisite: FREN 270 or 275 or LING 222, FREN 301W, and at least one 300-level group A (ling.) course. Students with credit for FREN 421 and/or 422 may not take this course for further credit.

FREN 452 - Topics in French and Francophone Cultures or Cinemas (3)

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)

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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Allison Finter
OL01 Paula Rosehart
EDUC 341 - Literacy, Education and Culture (3)

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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
OL01 Suzanne Smythe

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.