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.
Examples of courses in this major:
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.
Continuation of language study advancing students toward comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing while gaining a deeper appreciation for the francophone culture, language, and people.
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.
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.
An introduction to the profession of teaching. Learning experiences are structured both in and out of the classroom with the purpose of assisting the college student in making career decisions relative to this profession, e.g., to teach or not, at which level, and in which subject area. Students observe in local schools.
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.
The individuals who will challenge you to learn:
B.S. in Elementary Education, Eastern Illinois University; M.A. in Education, Ball State University; Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education, Walden University
Dr. Owen joined the Grace faculty in 2001 after 17 years teaching elementary education in the public school system. In 2010 she was appointed Dean of the School of Education, but continues to teach all levels of education students. She was recognized for her hands-on, practical, applied, and innovative teaching with Grace College's Alva J. McClain Excellence in Teaching award in 2004. Dr. Owen is actively involved in local scholarship committees. Her family attends Warsaw Community Church, where she is a storyteller for the 4-year old room, serves on the Thread Team, and volunteers as a barista in the coffee shop. Dr. Owen lives in Winona Lake with her husband, Randy. They have four children -- two who have already graduated from Grace.
B.A. in Art Education, Grace College; M.A. in French, Middlebury College
Professor Jacqueline Schram teaches French and also serves as the Associate Dean of Students. In her role as professor, she oversees the language programs at Grace College, and in her role as dean, her responsibilities include coordinating the general education core curriculum. In addition, she also helps coordinate the Study Abroad Programs in Dijon and Paris, France. Prof. Schram was raised in France, where her family served on the missionary staff of Grace Brethren International Missions. She moved to the United States to attend Grace College, and joined the Grace College faculty in 1992.
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What others are saying:
I transferred to Grace from California as a last resort. I had already attended four different colleges and universities, so I knew what I needed - a school that provided not only a French Education program, but also a Godly pedagogy. I was immediately attracted to Grace College because of what they offered in the French Ed. program. The program had everything I needed to finish my degree and would require me to study abroad. This was a huge bonus as I had already studied abroad once and had experienced the benefits that come from learning a language through immersion. I was also drawn by one of the required classes entitled "Methods of Teaching Foreign Language" - a class that would educate me on how to teach French. This was something I had never seen offered and knew would be indispensable to me in my preparation to teach French. I am proud that God chose to lead me to Grace College to develop the areas of both my professional a personal life and I pray that I will represent Grace well in my future as a French high school teacher.
—Melody Millermon, B.A., French Education, 2011