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.

Summer 2021 Professional Development Courses for Teachers and Teacher Candidates

This summer, the UBC Department of Language and Literacy is offering professional development courses in French for teacher candidates in the UBC BEd program. Courses are offered online. These courses are open to all teacher candidates who have a minimum B1 DELF level in French. (Proof not required.)

This year, tuition fee bursaries are available for UBC teacher candidates! For more information, contact french.educ@ubc.ca.

Click here for course details and registration

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.

For more information on these programs, please consult this link.

Top 10 Reasons to Teach in 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.

For more information on these programs, please consult this link.

Top 10 Reasons to Teach in Immersion

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


Workshops

Séjour
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.

Séjour
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:


Resources

Testimonials

Écoutez des histoires de profs d’immersion/Hear stories from French immersion teachers

From UBC BEd Alumni

“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

FAQS

UBC provides opportunities for students starting at the DELF B2 level of French to qualify to teach secondary Core French and 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 B2 Core French secondary and Elementary immersion

Click here for a description of each level.

Level C1 Secondary immersion
Level B2 Core French secondary
Level B2 Elementary immersion*

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 info@alliancefrancaise.ca to receive one.

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.

The higher your proficiency result, the more competitive your file will be, so we suggest taking more than one assessment during the same week if you are unsure of your level (i.e., B2 and C1). If you received a high score in all components for the B2 exam, we suggest taking the C1 exam. (Exams are offered in November, March or June.)


If you have more questions, contact Susan Ankenman at french.educ@ubc.ca.

Our Team

Susan Bowers (Ankenman)

Ma passion pour les langues, surtout le français, m’a mené à poursuivre des études en français. Après avoir obtenu un baccalauréat en français à UBC et un Certificat en Enseignement des Langues Secondes de l’Université du Québec à Montréal, j’ai poursuivi une carrière en enseignement en immersion française et en français de base au niveau intermédiaire et secondaire à Delta. Plus récemment, je suis retournée à UBC faire la Maitrise en Éducation en Français (MLED) et maintenant, dans le cadre de mon rôle de responsable des programmes en français à la Faculté d’Éducation, j’ai le plaisir de soutenir les enseignants et les futurs enseignants dans leur développement professionnel et langagier. Comme tel, je m’occupe des initiatives comme Séjour UBCl’Institut de français, UBC à Québec et le cours,  Oral Language Support for French Teacher Candidates. Lorsque je ne suis pas devant mon écran d’ordinateur, je passe mes temps libres à voyager, à regarder des films étrangers, à jardiner et à faire des promenades en forêt avec mon chien.


Richard Beaudry

Richard Beaudry is an Information Specialist and Librarian. He has worked as a French immersion and computer studies teacher and teacher-librarian in K-12 schools. Richard has taught classes in the Teacher Librarianship Diploma Program at UBC and master’s programs in teacher-librarianship at the University of Alberta. Richard is an ALA Certified Librarian and a Fellow of the Library Association of Ireland. Richard is particularly known for his activities to promote human rights and freedom of information, particularly as they relate to the censorship of materials in school libraries. Richard was the recipient of the 2016 Canadian Library Association Award for the Advancement of Intellectual Freedom in Canada and the 2020 BCTLA President’s Award for his advocacy on behalf of school library learning commons’. Richard chairs the Canadian Federation of Library Associations/Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques (CFLA-FCAB) Intellectual Freedom Committee, representing Canadian School Libraries and is part of a librarian working group in defence of intellectual freedom in Canadian Libraries at the Centre for Free Expression at Ryerson University.


Marie-France Berard

An art educator and art historian, Marie-France Berard has been committed to art museum education for more than twenty years. She holds both BA and MA in Art History from the University of Montréal, and was Responsable des visites at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal from 1995-2008. Marie-France is a member of the education team at the Vancouver Art Gallery and she is also president of the Special Interest Group in Education and Mediation in Museum (SIGEMM) within the Canadian Society for the Study of Education. Under the supervision of Dr. Dónal O’Donoghue, she completed her PhD in Curriculum Studies/Art Education at the University of British Columbia. Her doctoral research is an inquiry into the experience of encountering art using the theoretical concepts of desire and assemblage from philosopher Gilles Deleuze. She is also invested in contemporary art theory, the notion of the art museum educator as the Deleuzian ‘mediator’, in complicating the concepts of interpretation and knowledge in the art museum, and in creating pedagogical spaces of encounters for pre-service teachers.


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.


Cynthia Clerc

Cynthia is a proud alumna of UBC (BA, MEd). She had a long teaching career with the Coquitlam school district before working as an FA/instructor at UBC and as an FA and Placement Coordinator at SFU. She is bilingual and has a keen interest in mentoring relationships.

 

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.


Sandi Kostur

Bonjour! C’est mon grand plaisir de faire partie de l’équipe professionnelle de la formation des maitres en français. Je suis la coordonnatrice de la cohorte française élémentaire, professeure auxiliaire et conseillère pédagogique pour nos stagiaires.

Over the course of my career, I have worked in elementary, secondary and university settings in French immersion, core French, Spanish and fine art programs. I have served as a teacher, department head, administrator, and helping teacher (district language programs consultant). My areas of interest include communicative language teaching, and teaching language through the arts and culture.

In the past I have served as a DELF examiner and trainer. Currently, in addition to my work at UBC, I work with Delta Continuing Education as exam coordinator for Language Challenge exams.


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.


Jungbee Lee

Jungbee(Bee) LEE est aide aux étudiants pour les programmes en français à Teacher Education Office. Elle est née et a grandi en Corée du Sud, a étudié aux Beaux-Arts(BA) en France et aux Pays-Bas et la Gestion et Politique Culturelle(MA) en France et en Serbie. Elle a travaillé dans le domaine de la culture et des arts, des affaires internationales et de la publication. Depuis son arrivée au Canada en 2018, elle travaille dans le domaine de l’enseignement supérieur au sein de la communauté francophone en Colombie-Britannique.

Jungbee(Bee) LEE is a French programs’ Student Support at Teacher Education Office. She was born and raised in South Korea, studied Fine Arts (BA) in France and the Netherlands and Cultural Management and Policy(MA) in France and Serbia. She has worked in the fields of arts, culture, international business and publication. Since her immigration to Canada in 2018, she has been working in the field of higher education particularly within francophone community in British Columbia.


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.


Dr. Hélène Leone

Dr. Hélène Leone earned her PhD in Education from the University of Ottawa, and her Masters in Communications from Simon Fraser University. She has taught students from kindergarten to the university level. As a lecturer, Dr. Leone has taught bilingual education in teacher professional development programs, social justice across the curriculum, as well as education and the media at the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, and Thompson Rivers University. Dr. Leone has also been the Diploma Programme Coordinator, and Head of Modern Languages in the International Baccalaureate Programme (IB). Dr. Leone has worked as a field researcher for the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages, the Fédération culturelle-canadienne française, and Heritage Canada. She has spoken and consulted internationally in Canada, the United States, Switzerland, Morocco, Qatar, England, and France. Dr. Leone is the founder of the Canadian Bilingual School of Paris, a British Columbia offshore school for students in kindergarten to grade 12.


André Elias Mazawi

André Elias Mażāwi, sociologue de l’éducation, est professeur titulaire au Département d’études en éducation, Faculté de l’Éducation, Université de la Colombie-Britannique. Il est aussi professeur affilié au Centre euro-méditerranéen de recherche en éducation de l’Université de Malte et chercheur affilié à l’Équipe de recherche en dimensions internationales de l’éducation (ERDIE) de l’Université de Genève. Ses intérêts académiques sont dans les domaines de la politique culturelle de la scolarité et de l’enseignement supérieur, les intersections entre le colonialisme et l’éducation, avec une attention particulière aux effets de la privatisation et de la géopolitique sur les politiques scolaires et éducatives, la gouvernance scolaire et la restructuration de l’enseignement supérieur en la région arabe. Avec Ronald G. Sultana, il a co-édité l’Annuaire mondial de l’éducation 2010, Education in the ‘Arab World’: Political Projects, Struggles, and Geometries of Power (Londres: Routledge, 2010). Avec Mark Bray et Ronald G. Sultana, il a co-dirigé le livre Private Tutoring Across the Mediterranean: Power Dynamics and Implications for Learning and Equity (Pays-Bas: Sense Publishers, 2013). Avec Michelle Stack, il a co-dirigé le livre Course Syllabi in Faculties of Education: bodies of Knowledge and their Discontents, International Perspectives (New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2020). Son article, “Colonialismes, adversités et statut apatride: La condition enseignante dans le contexte palestinien”, a paru dans Formation et Profession, 27(1), pp. 37-57, 2019.


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.


Diane Tijman

Diane Tijman has enjoyed being a faculty advisor since her retirement from the Richmond School Board in 2016. In addition to many years of teaching French, she worked as the Richmond District Curriculum Coordinator in Modern Languages and ELL. Previously, she taught from Grade 4 through to university in three districts in BC.

Being multilingual has opened many doors for Diane, including the opportunity to serve on the boards of the British Columbia Association of Teachers of Modern Languages, the BC Language Coordinators Association, the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers, and Canadian Parents for French. As well, she has participated in the BC Ministry of Education’s curriculum writing teams for French and Spanish and lead the English Language Learning tools project. Diane also helped to develop the ESL curriculum in Cuba and has presented numerous times at local, provincial and national conferences. All of these experiences have galvanized her understanding of strong second language programs and excellence in teaching. In addition to enjoying her work as faculty advisor, Diane continues to share her love of languages in her service on the boards for Canadian Parents for French and Richmond Multicultural Community Services.


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.

Bursaries for French Teacher Candidates

English-speaking Canadians enrolled in the BEd program with at least 50% of their courses and related activities in French, have an opportunity to receive a $3,000 bursary to perfect their bilingualism while studying in a field of interest. This bursary has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada and is administered by the Association des collèges et université de la francophonie canadienne (ACUFC). Students will have an opportunity to apply in the fall after the start of their program.

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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.

The application will open in August 2021