French Education

Overview

If you wish to teach French for proficiency in grades K-12, you’ll appreciate this degree program. With on-campus courses focusing on acquiring linguistic and cultural skills and a required Study Abroad program, you will engage in personal interaction and discover French civilization first-hand. You will also have the opportunity to develop a dynamic Christian worldview as you encounter differing cultural values and beliefs. This experience, along with a strong core of professional education courses and the experience of student teaching, will become the basis for an excellent teaching career in French. 

Students will be equipped to interact in authentic situations in the French language and to live intentionally as global citizens, with a focus on proficiency, specifically developing listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills as well as cultural awareness. Furthermore, through the Study Abroad experience, students will be enrolled in advanced French and civilization courses in one of Grace College’s member institutions in France and have opportunity to apply their faith in the context of the French culture. Included in the degree program are 40 hours of professional education courses, including the student teaching experience.

Course Requirements for a B.A. French Education

Courses

Examples of courses in this major:

FRE 1010–1020 Beginning French Language and Culture I and II

Students are put in the presence of authentic, unsimplified French and are trained to use it in the dynamic context of communication. The emphasis is placed on oral proficiency, the development of skills, self-expression and cultural insight.

FRE 2010–2020 Intermediate French Language and Culture I and II

Continuation of language study advancing students toward comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing while gaining a deeper appreciation for the francophone culture, language, and people.

FRE 2050 French Conversation

This is an advanced proficiency-based approach to oral skill development. Students speak the language in a range of contexts likely to be encountered in the francophone culture, carrying out a range of functions likely to be necessary in dealing with others in the francophone culture. Students are exposed to a repertoire of methods or techniques of speech in order to increase sociolinguistic competence.

FRE 2100 Advanced Communication and Civilization

This course provides a link between basic language work done thus far and the increasingly diversified advanced work students will encounter overseas. The class focuses on underlying currents of the evolution of French culture. Students explore historical events and figures, cultural movements and trends that have shaped the French culture. This class is taught in French. 

SED 4630 Methods of Teaching a Foreign Language

A study of curriculum and methods of teaching a foreign language on both the elementary and secondary level, with special emphasis on performance objectives and methodology with classroom practice.

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