|TFSOL Certificate “Teaching French as a Second Language” French is spoken as a native language in more than two dozen countries on five Continents, is the second most commonly taught second language in the world and is considered one of the most influential languages in the world. French is an official working language in dozens of international organizations, including the United Nations, International Olympic Committee, and International Red Cross. France has also led the way in major advancements in science and technology which has led to French being adopted as a necessary language of the scientific community. The importance of French has regional and global implications on all major economies of the world. French is not only significant abroad; Under the Canadian constitution it is one of Canada’s official languages and there is a dire need to preserve the French language as its use is slowly declining. More and more Canadians are learning French as a second language because of the vast job opportunities associated with bilingualism. Teaching the rules of French grammar & Conversation can be extremely challenging if instructors do not have the proper training. Since native French speakers learn grammar incidentally, many teachers find it easy to make grammatical corrections but difficult to explain the grammatical rules behind them. The TFSOL Diploma Program provides students with a thorough understanding of different aspects of grammar and enables them to learn the techniques to teach this subject more effectively in a classroom.
TFSOL Certification Program Length (Module A)
- 250-Hours: General Module TESOL Certificate with Specialization in Teaching FrenchTFSOL Certificate
- The general TESOL Certificate is 150 hours and the TFSOL Certificate is an additional 100 hours
TFSOL Post Graduate Diploma Program Length (Module B)
- 500-hour course to be completed within eight months at one of TESOL Canada’s member institutions
- Includes 150 hour General Module TESOL Certificate along with an additional 350 hours of the Experienced Post Graduate TFSOL Diploma
All Diploma programs offered through TESOL Canada may be conducted by correspondence/ online. Theoretical aspects of the courses can be conducted correspondence/ online while the experience portion must be completed at a representative school of TESOL Canada in your region.
- For Both Modules of A & B, completion of the 150 hour General Module TESOL Certificate is required
In completion of the TESOL Canada Teaching French TFSOL Module, students will:
- Perfect their own grammar & conversation skills and be encouraged to develop a holistic approach to teaching grammar & conversation
- Be able to identify common grammatical errors, learn strategies to communicate proper techniques in an integrated and enjoyable manner
- Develop communication tasks for students
- Learn strategies for designing different types of units including an “Icebreaker” Lesson Plan
- Learn a vast array of entertaining lesson plans to incorporate grammar and conversational activities
- Learn how effectively teach students of various ages
- Learn how to become a motivational and operative instructor
- Develop a list of valuable resources to use in the classroom
- Develop a great deal of knowledge regarding teaching methodologies including the current methodology that is the most recognized; Communicative Language Teaching (CLT)
- Have experience in an interview setting (Grammar & Conversation are the basic components in every language classroom and French teachers will often have their skills be evaluated in the interview process)
Applicants should be native speakers and have a basic understanding of French grammar through high school and/or University/College education. Non-native applicants will be admitted into the program based on the results of TESOL CANADA’s French Proficiency Exam.
In this module students will complete readings, personal reflections, assignments and a final exam consisting of 100 multiple-choice questions. Students may earn honour distinctions in this module by scoring an average of 95% or higher on the multiple-choice exam.
Students who achieve the TFSOL/TFSL Post Graduate Diploma are able to work for many prestigious positions around the world. Several of our TFSOL/TFSL graduates work for foreign enterprises and corporations across the world which exchange businesses with French speaking nations. Our graduates hold various prestigious positions and work with individual CEOs, Directors of companies and government agencies in Canada. Many graduates also teach Canadian children and adults to learn to speak French in order to pursue educational and career endeavors. The need for French language teachers, both locally and abroad, have sky rocketed over the decade.
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