MEd in Modern Languages: French

For teachers in French Immersion, Core and Intensive French, and Francophone Programs

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Live Online and In-Class in Montreal

The cohort begins in 2020 (July 6-23) with three weeks in Montreal.

We’ve added two new courses: Indigenous Storytelling in Education & Interculturality in Language Education.

The Program

This MEd provides an opportunity to examine classroom practices from a research-informed perspective. The focus is on teachers’ specific interests related to French language teaching, such as curriculum renewal, multilingual pedagogies and assessment, technology and media, and inclusive practices in the French language classroom. Two newly added courses will focus on integrating Indigenous perspectives and intercultural learning.

The 30-credit program is taught entirely in French. Each year of the program begins with a three-week course in Montreal, giving teachers an opportunity to interact with one another face-to-face and benefit from the many cultural activities in a francophone-multilingual setting. Online courses between September and June are offered via web-conferencing.

Research–based practices in French as a second language education form the core of this program. As a result, coursework centers on the application of research in second language methodologies and bi-/plurilingual approaches to teaching and assessment, second language acquisition, and intercultural learning. In addition, students have the option of investigating a specific topic relevant to their own classrooms in the form of a capstone project.

Courses will be delivered over a two and a half year period. The course schedule takes into account teachers’ and administrators’ school calendar:

  • Six Saturday sessions of 3-4 hours held live online via teleconferencing.
  • 3-week summer course in Montreal includes morning classes (9:30am-12:30pm) Monday-Thursday.

Program Benefits

  • This part-time Master’s program provides access to graduate studies to teachers in all regions of British Columbia and other regions across Canada.
  • The courses are tailored to respond to the interests and professional goals of working educators and administrators.
  • The program offers an occasion to deepen your understanding of aspects of French language education and to make a professional contribution in your community with findings from a capstone project.
  • The program includes an unforgettable cultural and collegial experience during the two summer courses in Montreal.
  • You have a chance to be part of a French-language community of learning.
  • The program allows you to qualify for salary increases and leadership roles within the school system.

Participate via Web Conference

This program offers several options. The majority of courses are delivered online. Participants will therefore require a reliable high-speed internet connection and a headset with microphone. At times, some classes will also be offered on campus at UBC Vancouver in a technologically enhanced seminar room. Participants who live within travelling distance of Vancouver can attend these classes face-to-face, while those living elsewhere in BC or across Canada will attend these same classes online via web conference.

Financial Assistance

BC candidates accepted into the program will be eligible for a BC Ministry of Education bursary (federal French program funding of $1,500 per year).

Proposed Schedule

This program consists of 30 credits and follows a two-year, part-time schedule designed to fit the timetables of working teachers and administrators.

2020 LLED 525 Bilingual Education: Theory and Practice
2020 EDUC 500 Research Methodology in Education
2021 LLED 573 Theory and Practice Theories of Second Language Acquisition
2021 LLED 521 Interculturality in Language Education: Theory, Research, and Practice
2021 LLED 513 Indigenous Storytelling in Education
2021 LLED 526 Second Language Assessment: Conceptual and Empirical Approaches
2022 LLED 489A Applied Linguistics for Teachers
2022 LLED 552 Theoretical Foundations of Reading Research and Practice
2022 LLED 590 Graduating Project (or elective)
2022 LLED 520 Theory and Research in Teaching of Modern Languages
*With approval from the Program Coordinator.
1 July 2018 Theories of Second Language Acquisition LLED 573
2 Sept 2018 Research Methodology in Education EDUC 500
3 Jan 2019 Second Language Assessment: Conceptual and Empirical Approaches LLED 526
4 May 2019 Applied Linguistics for Teachers LLED 489A
4 July 2019 Bilingual Education: Theory and Practice LLED 525
5 Sept 2019 Elective focused on language development* LLED / FREN /…
6 Jan 2020 Theoretical Foundations of Reading Research and Practice LLED 552
7 May 2020 Theory and Research in Teaching of Modern Languages LLED 520
7 July 2020 Intercultural Education: Theory, Research and Practice LLED 565
8 Sept 2020 Graduating Project LLED 590
*to be chosen from a pre-approved selection of courses or with approval from the program coordinator.

All students must meet the requirements for this program, which include:

  • Proficiency in French (preferably B2) is required — this program will be taught entirely in French (readings are in French and English; major assignments are submitted in French or English; no tests)
  • Two years full-time teaching experience or an equivalent combination of engagements within schools, community centres, non-governmental organizations and other education-oriented environments
  • A completed three- or four-year undergraduate degree, and at least a 76% average on all senior-level credits
  • Three recommendations from professors, educators or administrators that speak to your engagement with education and leadership
  • A CV (resumé)
  • A 750-word statement of intent in French and English that explains:
    • why you have decided to apply to this program (in English)
    • how your professional/personal experiences have prepared you for this program (in English)
    • which topic or research questions you hope to focus on in your coursework (in French)
    • what you hope to take away from the program (in French)

Application Status: CLOSED.
Application Deadline:

Applications are now CLOSED for the 2020 cohort. Registration for the 2022 cohort will open in Fall 2021.


Refer to the UBC Calendar "Master of Education (program off-campus)" for confirmed and up-to-date fees.

Tuition fees are in Canadian dollars, are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors, and are subject to change (typically 2% in May of each year).


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