French Programs
11-Month Teacher Education Program

Why teach French? Bonjour! Share your passion for speaking and teaching French. French teachers are in demand in BC schools.

Enseignez le français! Il y a un grand besoin en Colombie-Britannique d’enseignants qualifiés et dynamiques pour enseigner en français.

Elementary French Specialists

This cohort is designed for teacher candidates who wish to specialize in teaching French as a second language (French immersion or intensive French) or French as a first language (in a Francophone school) at the elementary level. Most courses are delivered and assignments are completed in French. This allows teacher candidates to continue to develop their proficiency while in the program.

Practicum placements are in Burnaby, Coquitlam, Delta, Langley, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey, Vancouver, or West Vancouver.

Elementary French Specialists may teach French in elementary schools in the following ways:

  • French immersion (early and late): Teach subject content in French starting in Kindergarten or Grade 1 (early), or Grade 6 (late).
  • Intensive French: Teach French in an intensive immersion-like semester in Grade 6 and daily instruction in Grade 7.
  • Francophone schools: Teach subject content in French within the Conseil Scolaire Francophone.
  • Dual track schools: Teach a combination of core French and French immersion.

French Admissions Requirements

To enter the Elementary French Specialist cohort, you need:

Secondary French Specialists

When enrolled in the Secondary French specialist option, most of the classes are taught in French; as well, practica occur in French immersion, in regular schools offering core French, or in Francophone schools.

Learning content in French allows teacher candidates to continue to develop their French proficiency during the year. Teacher candidates may combine French with another teaching subject concentration (e.g., Spanish or Biology).

Secondary French specialists may teach French in secondary schools in the following ways:

  • French immersion: Teach subject content in French.
  • Core French: Teach French as a subject among general subjects in the regular English program.
  • Francophone schools: Teach subject content in French within the Conseil Scolaire Francophone.

To teach French as a subject among others in an English program (Grades 8 to 12), you need:

Please note, students who have passed the French Language Assessment (FLA) within two years of applying to the BEd program, will be accepted based on the current DELF/DALF equivalencies.

To teach in a French immersion context (Grades 8 to 12), you need:

  • French immersion option is available for the following teachable subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics, History, Geography, Social Science, Mathematics, and French language and literature.
  • In all teachable subjects, students must complete a minimum of 6 credits of French or English Literature and Composition.
  • Applicants wishing to teach French language and literature are required to satisfy academic requirements for French as a teachable subject.
  • Specific secondary academic courses and experience with youth (13 to 17 years old).
  • Successful completion of a French proficiency assessment:

Please note, students who have passed the French Language Assessment (FLA) within two years of applying to the BEd program, will be accepted based on the current DELF/DALF equivalencies.

Language & Professional Development

Supporting our French Teacher Candidates

An important feature of our Teacher Education Program is the support we have put in place, funded by the BC Ministry of Education, to support French teacher candidates during their program with additional coursework, weekend workshops, and summer institutes.

Our course in Oral French Language focuses on French language communication in the classroom and responds to the specific language needs teacher candidates encounter during their courses and practicum. We encourage all teacher candidates to enroll in this course.

The online course Gramligne focuses on written French and offers teacher candidates an opportunity to enhance their linguistic and metalinguistic knowledge in French as well as acquire pedagogical strategies in French grammar teaching. This course is optional and typically offered during the Summer Term. We highly recommend all French BEd teacher candidates take advantage of one or both of these courses.

Please note: a special bursary funded by the Ministry of Education will be available to teacher candidates in the 2020/21 cohort to cover tuition for these courses.

For our French language weekend and summer workshops, Séjour UBC and Séjour Cheakamus as well as our Institut de Français – UBC à Québec, please see the information below.

Language Development Courses

Oral Language Support for French Cohort Teacher Candidates
Winter Term 1 (September 8, 2020 to December 18, 2020)
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.
Friday 12:00 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.

LLED 421 – Gramligne: Learning and Teaching Grammar in Text for the Second Language Classroom
Summer Term 1 (TBA)

UBC Extended Learning - French Courses
Various dates


A bi-annual event that brings together French teacher candidates and educators for a fun-filled weekend of activities all in French.

For In-Service Teachers

Language Development Courses

LLED 421 Gramligne: Apprendre et enseigner la grammaire communicative en langue seconde

Ce cours basé sur des textes communicatifs dans différents discours (narratif, argumentatif, descriptif, etc.) permet d’observer et de comprendre le fonctionnement des structures linguistiques au service de la communication. Il vous permettra de comprendre les mécanismes de la langue, d'améliorer vos connaissances linguistiques et métalinguistiques et vous montrera comment enseigner la grammaire de façon communicative.

Workshops & Institutes

L’institut de français, UBC à Québec
French language immersion in the heart of Quebec City. This is a three-week immersion program for teachers.

A bi-annual event that brings together French teacher candidates and educators for a fun-filled weekend of activities all in French.

Séjour en plein air à Cheakamus

Séjour en plein air à Cheakamus is a 3-day summer retreat designed for French teachers that will be offered at the Cheakamus Centre, an environmental education facility located near Squamish, BC.

UBC Extended Learning French Summer Institutes
These lively and interactive summer institutes focus on the practical application of French through conversation and cultural experiences in a supportive, small group environment.

Master's Programs

MEd in Modern Languages Education

Pour les enseignants des programmes d’immersion ou francophones, de français de base ou intensif.

Professional Language Portfolio:



“J’ai vraiment adoré la cohorte française…On était vraiment là pour tout le monde.”
– Olivia Barratt, Secondary French, BEd ’17

“C’est extrêmement important comme enseignant de français d’avoir une expérience dans une ville français, ça change tout…comment tu perçois une culture, comment tu parles, ce que tu veux enseigner aux élèves…tout. “
– Suman Lali, Secondary French, BEd ’17


UBC provides opportunities for students starting at the DELF B1 level of French to qualify to teach secondary Core French and DELF B1 to qualify for elementary French Immersion.

In order to assess your level, you will need to take the DELF or DALF French proficiency test.

The level you teach (and your practicum placement) will depend on your DELF/DALF French proficiency level:

Level C1 Secondary immersion
Level B1 Core French secondary and Elementary immersion

Please note, students who passed the former French Language Assessment (FLA) since August 2016 will be accepted based on the current DELF/DALF equivalencies.Click here for a description of each level.

Level C1 Secondary immersion
Level B1 Core French secondary
Level B1 Elementary immersion*

*Please note that, for elementary immersion B1 results, a minimum score of 15 on each part. This is not required for secondary core French B1 results.

You can take the exam in Vancouver at the Alliance française or at any other testing centre in Canada or the world:

There are three sittings: March, June or November at the Alliance française Vancouver or at any other testing centre in Canada or the world.

Please note that a special March sitting of the DELF/DALF will be offered to teacher education program applicants by the Alliance française in Vancouver but will not be posted on its website. An application form will be posted here in January or you can contact to receive one.

We recommend taking more than one DELF assessment during the week you choose (in November, March or June). The minimum level to be in the elementary French immersion stream is B1; however, the higher your proficiency result, the more competitive your file will be, so we suggest taking both the B1 and B2 assessment during the same week.

The program prepares you to teach in any French second language context, and you will not only have opportunities to improve your French, you may retake the DELF at various points during the year (November, March and June), if you wish. If you achieve a higher level, you can include the most recent DELF certificate in your documentation when applying for teaching positions.

Yes, you will have many opportunities to use and improve your French language skills.

  • UBC offers the following language development courses to French BEd teacher candidates to improve their written and/or oral French skills: Oral Language Support for French Cohort Teacher Candidates and Gramligne: Apprendre et enseigner la grammaire communicative en langue seconde
  • The majority of courses are offered in French and you will have the opportunity to speak with your colleagues, professors and advisors in French as well as complete assignments in French.
  • UBC has adopted the Portfolio langagier professionel to support the continued language and professional development of each teacher candidate.
  • In addition, you will have the opportunity to do your Community Field Experience in a Francophone community (in Canada or abroad).
  • You will have a practicum experience in a Core French, French immersion or French Program classroom (starting with weekly visits, then a 2-week and a 10-week practicum).
  • There will also be opportunities to take part in specially designed workshops and weekend events, such as Séjour UBC, focused on developing language, cultural knowledge, and pedagogical practices.

No, si vous êtes titulaire d’un diplôme d’une université francophone et que votre relevé de notes est en français, vous n’avez pas besoin de passer l’examen DELF/DALF.

All UBC French teacher candidates are eligible to receive a bursary. The only criterion is that you are enrolled in a French program for teachers or teacher candidates and that at least 55% of your courses are taught in French.

Unfortunately, WKTEP students are not eligible to receive the BC Ministry of Education French Bursary.

The bursary amount is up to $1,600 and depends on allocation guidelines set out by the BC Ministry of Education.

There will be an opportunity to apply for the government bursary at the start of your program. Bursaries are dispersed by UBC Enrolment Services in the fall when course registration information is received and language of instruction percentages are calculated.

You may be eligible for other bursaries through UBC.

Yes, UBC has partnerships with organizations in Quebec as well as overseas.

If you have more questions, contact Susan Ankenman at

Our Team

Susan Ankenman

My love of languages, in particular, French, led me to spend a year in Quebec City at Laval University, then to complete a Bachelor degree in French at UBC, followed by a Certificat en enseignement des langues secondes from UQAM. After teaching core French and French immersion for many years at the intermediate and junior secondary school level in Delta, BC, I returned to UBC to complete a Masters in Modern Languages Education. In my current role, I support the continued language development of French teacher candidates, not only as instructor of French Oral language Support, but also through initiatives like the bi-annual immersion weekend, Séjour UBC. In addition, as French programs administrator for the Faculty of Education, I have the pleasure of promoting and supporting French teacher education.

Monique Bournot-Trites

Monique Bournot-Trites is an Associate Professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at UBC. She teaches second language methodology in the teacher education program and courses in second language assessment, research methods and reading foundations at the graduate level. She has developed and now teaches in the French MEd cohort at UBC. Recently, she has been the project lead for writing the Theoretical Language Framework for the Canadian Language Benchmarks.

She did her Master Degree (1986) in School Psychology at UBC and the title of her thesis is “Bilingualism and Reasoning Ability”. Her PhD (1998) was in Educational Psychology at UBC. The title of her PhD dissertation is: “Relationships between Cognitive and Linguistic Processes and Second Language Production in French Immersion”. She taught in French immersion in Grade 1 and Grade 3 and most of her research interests are related French immersion. It includes second language acquisition, learning content in a second language, grammar teaching and learning, assessment and language assessment, literacy, intercultural competence, and learning disabilities.

Dr. Jason Ellis

Je suis historien de l’éducation et professeur agrégé dans le Department of Educational Studies. J’enseigne le cours EDST 401, Éducation, école et société. Originaire d’Ontario, je suis à UBC depuis 2013. Mon doctorat et ma maîtrise sont en histoire. Je possède aussi une formation d’enseignant, BEd aux niveaux intermédiaire et supérieur (7e à la 12e année), histoire et français langue seconde, de l’IPÉO (alias-OISE)-University of Toronto.

Nicole George

Bonjour! Originaire d’Ottawa, j’en suis à ma deuxième année en tant que professeure auxiliaire et à ma première année à titre de conseillère pédagogique. Je suis toujours enseignante en immersion avec le Conseil scolaire de Vancouver (VSB), et ce, depuis 2006. Au cours de mon parcours d’enseignement en salle de classe, j’ai enseigné dans les programmes d’immersion élémentaire/secondaire, de français de base, du Baccalauréat International, et du Advanced Placement avant de devenir Chef de département des langues modernes et Mentor en littératie pour les enseignants du VSB. Je m’intéresse aux questions de compétences culturelles, de communication authentique, de littératie équilibrée et de l’enseignement du français en milieux minoritaires. Dans le programme de formation à l’enseignement, j’enseigne les cours Pratiques en littératie équilibrée et évaluation au niveau de la cohorte élémentaire et les cours Enquête I et Méthodologie du français langue seconde au niveau de la cohorte secondaire.

David Langmuir

Bonjour! Je m’appelle David Langmuir. C’est ma deuxième année en tant que conseiller pédagogique avec le TEO et je suis excité de travailler avec vous cette année académique. Onze mois de travail, de joie, de souci et finalement de succès! Ce sera une grande aventure ensemble!

J’habite West Point Grey avec ma femme (enseignante, elle aussi). Nous avons trois enfants and trois petits-enfants (jusqu’au présent). Je tiens un bac en éducation secondaire de UBC (1977). J’ai fait ma maîtrise en administration scolaire à Victoria (1982) et j’ai obtenu un doctorat en Educational Studies de UBC (1998). Depuis 30 ans, j’ai été directeur d’école en trois provinces. J’ai pris ma retraite en 2015 après 23 ans à West Vancouver.

Henry Lee

At UBC, I teach part time in the Department of Language & Literacy Education. The courses I teach include: LLED 315A/381, the methodology for ELL and second languages. I also teach the French sections of LLED 360 and LLED 361, the ELL discourse and ELL assessment practices. Currently, I am an assistant director in the Professional and Social Issues Division at the BC Teachers’ Federation. Previously, I was a teacher/department head of languages in Burnaby and I also taught core French, French immersion, Spanish & social studies for 17 years. I have also served on the BC Ministry of Education Provincial Curriculum Writing Team for core French and Spanish. My areas of interest includes: inquiry theory, curriculum design, adult education, multi-cultural, multi-lingual & multi-modal education, language discourse, teacher education, inclusive education, somatic awareness and place-based pedagogy.

Peggy Lee

Quel plaisir pour moi de retourner à mon alma mater en tant que conseillère pédagogique pour la cohorte française! Après avoir obtenu mon bac en français et mon diplôme d’enseignement, j’ai enseigné dans le programme d’immersion précoce à Abbotsford pendant trois ans. Ensuite j’ai travaillé pendant une trentaine d’années à Surrey en tant qu’enseignante, consultante, et directrice à trois écoles élémentaires avant de prendre ma retraite en janvier, 2015. Durant ces années de travail enrichissant, j’ai aussi eu l’occasion d’enseigner à Beijing, de travailler comme conseillère pédagogique à UBC et d’obtenir une maîtrise en éducation. Parmi les plus beaux souvenirs de ma carrière : la passion des enseignants débutants que j’ai embauchés, une rencontre avec monsieur Pierre Trudeau à notre école, où il voulait voir la réalisation de sa vision de bilinguisme au Canada, et la semaine avant ma retraite, un concert à mon école où une élève, réfugiée récemment arrivée, a chanté et dansé sur scène avec ces camarades de classe.

Liza Navarro

Liza Navarro is a PhD student in the Department of Language and Literacy Education. She has a background in the French language and has a Master of Arts in French from the University of British Columbia (UBC). Her research interests include language education (primarily French), intercultural competence, teacher education and open education resources. Liza’s previous experience includes instructing undergraduate French courses (beginner and intermediate French) at UBC as well as various graduate research assistant positions tied to French language learning. She is fascinated with the language and is always eager to lend a hand to French instructors and learners. This school year she will teach LLED 353 and she will be working on a small Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund as project coordinator to provide support to French teacher candidates in helping them develop their digital competencies. In addition, she has received an Open Education Research fellowship, which will allow her to share her passion with others.

Carl Ruest

Bonjour! Je m’appelle Carl Ruest. Originaire du Québec, je vis en Colombie-Britannique depuis 2001. Je suis enseignant en immersion française au secondaire à Richmond depuis que j’ai terminé mon BEd ici à UBC en 2008. J’ai aussi complété ma MEd dans la cohorte française et une MA en littérature française. J’en suis présentement à ma 3e année de doctorat dans le département de didactique des langues et de littératie, où je m’intéresse à la question de compétence interculturelle et d’interculturalité chez les élèves du secondaire, particulièrement lors d’échanges étudiants. J’ai présentement la chance d’enseigner LLED423 – Enseigner la littérature francophone aux adolescents du secondaire.

Romina Simian

Bonjour! J’ai obtenu mon BEd (Secondary French) à UBC en 2008 et ma MEd en 2010 toujours à UBC dans la cohorte française (MLED). Pendant les 12 dernières années, j’ai enseigné des cours de français de base, français langue seconde – immersion et italien. J’ai aussi enseigné l’anglais langue seconde en Italie pendant deux ans. Avant de devenir conseillère pédagogique à UBC en 2018, j’ai été chef de département des langues modernes et coordinatrice du programme d’immersion française au niveau secondaire dans le conseil scolaire de Burnaby. Je me passionne pour le plurilinguisme, l’enseignement et l’acquisition des langues secondes ainsi que la technologie et l’évaluation dans la salle de classe.

Dr. Valia Spiliotopoulos

Dr. Valia Spiliotopoulos is a tenure-track instructor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education, and coordinator of the French Bachelor of Education program. Her research examines how content-based language learning approaches and language policy can impact bi/multilingualism and academic success. Valia completed Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees at UBC, and began her career as a secondary French and English teacher. She went on to pursue a Master of Arts degree in French language and literature at Laval University, and a PhD in language and literacy education at UBC. Before joining UBC, she was an associate professor of professional practice at Simon Fraser University where she assumed a variety of educational leadership roles; she was the academic coordinator of the graduate, in-service teacher education program, and director of the former Centre for English Language Learning, Teaching, and Research.

Robert Swansborough

Involved in core French and immersion programs since 1975, I’ve been active in promoting second language education in three BC school districts as a teacher, consultant and administrator. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through university. The years served as president of the BC Association of Teachers of Modern Languages and as vice-president of the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers has provided me with both provincial and national perspectives of the complex issues surrounding second language education. Over the years, I have co-authored several works dealing with the delivery, promotion and evaluation of French language programs. Until recently, I have been principal of a single-track French immersion school in West Vancouver. Currently, I am delighted to be a faculty advisor with the French cohort at UBC in the Faculty of Education.

Tim Waddington

Dr. Tim Waddington has over 20 years experience as a public school educator and advocate for children and youth. With advanced degrees in Education Leadership and the Philosophy of Education, Tim infuses a rich understanding of Imaginative Education and Applied Teacher Research into both his teaching and scholarship. Dr. Waddington currently holds a position lecturer in the Faculty of Education at UBC, as well as a seat on the Academic Council with the Centre for Imagination in Research, Culture and Education based at Simon Fraser University. Tim is passionate about intellectually rigorous and emotionally engaging curriculum, with expertise in the subject areas of history and the humanities, particularly as it pertains to Philosophic and Ironic Understandings. His ongoing research is centered upon imagination (in particular Imaginative Historical Inquiry), theories of irony, ethics in curriculum and instruction, and possible existential outcomes for both teachers and learners alike.

Meike Wernicke

Bonjour! Je suis d’origine allemande et depuis mon arrivée en Colombie-Britannique j’ai été scolarisée en anglais, en français, et en allemand (ma langue d’origine). Je suis diplômée en français et espagnol avec une spécialisation en linguistique et je détiens un doctorat en didactique des langues secondes depuis 2013. Actuellement, je supervise et donne des cours dans la maîtrise en éducation française à UBC dans le Département de didactique des langues et de littératie. Mes cours portent sur la linguistique appliquée, les théories et recherches sur l’enseignement des langues vivantes, et l’éducation interculturelle. Dans la formation des enseignants à UBC je supervise le programme français et j’enseigne LLED 353 et LLED 360 qui traitent de l’enseignement de l’anglais langue seconde. Dans le cadre des études en didactique des langues secondes, je m’intéresse au plurilinguisme, la formation continue et la construction identitaire des enseignants de langue, ainsi que l’apprentissage et l’enseignement du français langue seconde dans le contexte canadien.

Bios to come:

  • Joshua Angiola
  • Marie-France Berard
  • Beverly Bunker
  • Denise Cormier
  • Chantal Drolet
  • Sandi Kostur
  • Anne Marie Lamonde
  • Neila Miled
  • Diane Tijman
  • Timothy Waddington
  • Michel Yin

Bursary for French Teacher Candidates

The BC Ministry of Education offers a bursary for teacher candidates who complete more than 55% of their coursework in French. The bursary amount is up to $1,600 and depends on allocation guidelines set out by the BC Ministry of Education.

Bursaries are dispersed by UBC Enrolment Services when course registration information is received and language of instruction percentages are calculated. Bursaries will be distributed in Winter Term 2.

This application is open from August 24 to September 11, 2020