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French as a Second Language (Glendon Campus)

Students in the Bachelor of Education (BEd) program who are registered in the Glendon cohort, which is primarily held on the Glendon campus, automatically pursue an option concentration in French as a Second Language as a part of their degree. This option exists within the current degree requirements for students who are admitted to the BEd program at Glendon, and will allow students to use their excellent French language proficiency and their deep understanding of francophone cultures. A significant portion of the courses are delivered in French and practicum is completed in French as a Second Language programs in Anglophone school boards.

Students can prepare to teach French as a Second Language in any one of the following teaching levels:

  • Primary-Junior (JK to Grade 6)
  • Junior-Intermediate (Grade 4 to Grade 10) or
  • Intermediate-Senior (Grade 7 to Grade 12)

Students who complete this option will earn a Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree. Students studying at the Junior-Intermediate and Intermediate-Senior levels must have French as a Second Language as the first teachable subject. Students in the Primary-Junior division will also receive a qualification from the Ontario Colege of Teachers (OCT) in French as a Second Language.

In order to complete this option, students must:

  1. Be admitted to and complete all of the requirements for both an undergraduate degree at Glendon and a Bachelor of Education at York University as a part of the Glendon campus cohort
  2. Demonstrate French fluency (intermediate level or higher) through a placement test in order to gain admission to the Education program on Glendon campus
    • Proficiency is expected to increase by the end of the degree
  3. Complete the following courses (total 6.00 credits):
    • ED/EDFR 2000 (3.00) Teaching and Learning French in an Immersion Context
    • ED/EDFR 3000 (3.00) Teaching and Learning French in a Core French Context

Students admitted to the Glendon-based BEd program are normally selected on the basis of education-related experience, references, university grade point averages and a written test in French.

Considerable emphasis in the coursework and practicum is placed on Francophone or bilingual community-based organizations and French as a Second Language teaching.

There may be additional opportunities during the Bachelor of Education program for students to participate in French community organizations and/or through community practicum or school-based practicum placements.

Please note:

  • The option is only open to students in the Bachelor of Education program cohort that is based at the Glendon campus.
  • Students must complete all of the required activities during their Glendon degree and BEd degree program.
  • Students may not apply for the option retroactively.

I am passionate about languages, in particular French, and I look forward to continuing to share this passion with my students, with the hope that they will become lifelong language learners.

— Magdalena Kisielewska-Zaranek – Consecutive Bachelor of Education – FSL ‘20