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The purpose of this certificate is to provide enhanced preparation for individuals wishing to teach within the French Immersion program. This program is for current Bachelor of Education students, or for persons who have already completed their BEd (at Crandall or elsewhere), including those who may already be teaching.

In this program, students will be introduced to key theories in second language acquisition (SLA), pedagogy specific to SLA within an immersion context, and be given the opportunity to improve their language proficiency skills toward meeting provincial requirements of a minimum oral proficiency of Advanced Plus on the NB Second Language Proficiency Scale for Intensive French positions, and Superior for French Immersion positions.

Program Requirements

The French Immersion Education Certificate program comprises three 3-credit hour courses, conducted in French, each taken over three weekends (Friday/Saturday):

  1. ED4163 – French Language and Intercultural Competencies / Langue française et compétence interculturelle
  2. ED4143 – Foundations of Second Language Acquisition / Fondements de l’acquisition d’une langue seconde
  3. ED4153 – French Immersion Pedagogy and Practice / Pédagogie et pratique en immersion française

One unique aspect of this third course is its emphasis on intercultural competencies within French Immersion contexts – a component that has been gaining early in New Brunswick’s French Immersion program, following similar developments elsewhere in Canada (e.g. Ontario), and in global language learning contexts (e.g. Europe, in the European Language Portfolio).

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Application Process

An application form and supporting documents must be submitted to the Education Admissions Office. Supporting documents include:

  • Official Transcripts indicating proof of Bachelor of Education or proof of enrollment in a Bachelor of Education program (This is not required for students and graduates of Crandall’s Bachelor of Education program)
  • Proof of French Language Proficiency. Applicants must provide either French language testing results (completed within the last three years), or high school or post-secondary transcripts where the language of instruction was French.

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