MEd in Modern Languages: French

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MEd in Modern Languages: French

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

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This graduate program allows teachers to explore their classroom practices from a research-informed perspective by placing the focus on their specific interests related to French language teaching, for example: multilingual pedagogies and translanguaging, intercultural learning and decolonizing approaches, social justice and inclusive practices in French language programs, as well as other current issues.

The 30-credit program is delivered in a hybrid format, including face-to-face and primarily synchronous modes of learning. Each year of the program begins with an in-person three-week course in Montreal, giving teachers an opportunity to interact with one another and benefit from cultural activities in a francophone multilingual setting. Courses between September and June are offered online and include 24 hours in synchronous format per semester.

In addition, students have the option of investigating a specific topic relevant to their professional practice in the form of a capstone project to be shared in their professional contexts. Coursework centers on connecting theoretical concepts to methodology and practice across a range of fields related to learning and teaching French as both a second and a first language in French language minority settings.

This program is offered by the Language & Literacy Education Department. We are a collective of educators committed to social justice in our work with students, colleagues, partners, and community members. For more details, visit the About Us.

*Students can choose to complete a final project or opt for the course-only option.


Start Date: July 2024
Length: 2.5 years, part-time
Format: Online and face-to-face in Montreal (July 8-25, 2024)
Domestic Tuition: $16,716.64CAD
International Tuition: $19,145.12 CAD
Program Coordinator: Carl Ruest (carl.ruest@ubc.ca)

September 2024 Start

Please contact pdce.educ@ubc.ca if interested in starting in September 2024.


Program Details

About

Program Benefits

  • This part-time Master’s program provides access to graduate studies to teachers in 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

With the participation of the Government of Canada and the Ministry of Education and Child Care of British Columbia.

Schedule

Date Course Code Course Title
July 2024 LLED 525
(in Montréal)
Bilingual Education: Theory and Practice
September 2024 LLED 489A Applied Linguistics for Teachers
January 2025 EDUC 500 Research Methodology in Education
May/June 2025 LLED 552 Theoretical Foundations of Reading Research and Practice
July 2025 LLED 513
(in Montréal)
Indigenous storytelling in Education
September 2025 LLED 573 Theories of Second Language Acquisition
January 2026 LLED 521 Critical Intercultural Studies in Language Education
May/June 2026 LLED 526 Second Language Assessment: Conceptual and Empirical Approaches
July/August 2026 LLED 590 Graduating Project / 3-credit elective course*
September 2026 LLED 520 Theory and Research in Teaching of Modern Languages

* The elective course can be at the 300, 400, or 500 level. Every elective taken requires approval from the program coordinator.

Application Requirements

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 centers, 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)
    • o which topics or questions are you interested in and hope to explore in more depth in your coursework (in French)
    • what you hope to take away from the program (in French)

Fees

Type Per Installment Total Tuition
Domestic $2,089.58 CAD $16,716.64CAD
International $2,393.14 CAD $19,145.12 CAD

Graduate tuition is assessed as an annual program fee, which is divided into three equal installments due at the beginning of academic terms starting in September, January and May.

Students in this program will pay a minimum of 8 installments.

Student Fees

Student fees include fees established and authorized by the UBC Board of Governors and fees established and authorized by students societies. These fees are in addition to tuition fees. Please see the UBC Calendar for details on student fees.

Fees are subject to change annually. Only information in the UBC Calendar is official

Funding Eligibility

As this program is part-time, it is not eligible for student loans or other types of funding.

How to Apply

Application Status: Contact pdce.educ@ubc.ca if interested in September 2024 start
Application Deadline: TBD
Document Deadline: TBD

1. ONLINE APPLICATION

  • Navigate to grad.ubc.ca/apply/online/.
  • When you are ready to apply, click “Apply Online”.
  • Read the instructions, and either log in with your CWL or create a CWL if you have never attended UBC.
  • Once logged in, on the “Degree Program Selection,” type the 4-character cohort designation FRM9 into the “Program Keyword” field.

importantImportant: The program name should be Modern Languages Education – Professional Cohort and the cohort code should be FRM9. Please ensure you are applying to the correct program – this part-time Professional Cohort is different than the regular on-campus program.

  • Select the program.
  • When you reach the “Experience & Interests” page of the application, please make sure you choose the appropriate program, as there may be more than one. It should include FRM9.
  • When finished entering your information, you must click “Declare & Submit”.
  • You will automatically receive an email acknowledgement, with instructions on documentation and deadlines.

References:

important Important: Please include at least one academic reference (a former professor or university instructor) who can speak to your ability to complete a graduate program. Professional references can include your principal, vice-principal, or someone who has supervised you. When adding your references to your application, you will be asked whether they are professional or academic references.

  • You are strongly encouraged to submit electronic letters of reference. Simply fill in the email addresses of your three referees when completing the online application (an email address is required). References with free, web-based email addresses (e.g. Gmail, Hotmail, etc.) will receive a link to the paper reference form, which must be mailed to our office (address on the reference form). NOTE: Please see “Supporting Documents” below for more information on paper references.

Once you submit and pay for your online application, your referees will automatically receive an email with a link and instructions for completing the electronic reference form or the link to the paper reference form, as above.

A letter can take the place of the reference form as long as it addresses the questions posed in the reference form. Despite the apparent size of the text box, referees may type as much as they want.


2. SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

Please have these ready to upload when you apply:

Transcripts, degree certificates (if applicable), English language assessment report (if applicable), statement of intent, and an up-to-date resume must be uploaded to your application.

In cases where referees are unable to submit an electronic reference, sealed and endorsed reference letters may be sent by mail. Your reference will receive a link to a reference form that they should complete and send back to us.

important Important: Please ask your references to include the 4-character cohort designation FRM9 when they submit their reference. All references must arrive in sealed envelopes with the reference’s signature on the seal.

The form is also available here.


FRM9 Graduate Cohort
Faculty of Education, PDCE Office
University of British Columbia
1304-2125 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4


ASSISTANCE

If you require any assistance with the application process, please contact:

Senior Program Assistant
604-822-2013
pdce.educ@ubc.ca


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Testimonials

“Completing my Master of Education degree in French Language and Literacy was a wonderful and fulfilling experience professionally and personally. My learning throughout this experience has strengthened my professional practice in the classroom and has also enhanced my competence and confidence as a leader, a teacher, a colleague, a parent, and as a person. The highlight of my graduate studies experience was to learn as part of a cohort at l’Université de Québec à Montréal. For me, communicating daily in French was the most valuable part of the experience. Through collaborating with my fellow cohort members, I have a greater understanding and appreciation of the different approaches to teaching additional languages adopted by provinces throughout Canada. I also treasure the connections and friendships that developed because we were able to explore the beautiful and historic city of Montréal.

A major focus of this degree is to examine current research in the domain of language acquisition that often guides planning, instruction, and evaluation worldwide. The topics raised, discussed and analysed during my coursework have reinforced that I can confidently contribute to informed decision-making practices at the classroom, school and district levels. I also have a greater awareness of the benefits of plurilingualism as part of an education that prepares students for an increasingly globalized, technological, and rapidly changing world.”

~ Enseignante et responsable du département de français à Burnaby, Colombie-Britannique, 2018


“Le séjour à Montréal avec notre cohorte dans un cours ensemble fut la meilleure façon de commencer un programme d’études qui allait durer deux ans en ligne. Comme je suis d’habitude un peu timide dans une nouvelle situation, je sais que ce cours m’a donné la confiance d’être plus à l’aise avec la cohorte et les profs en ligne.”

~ Enseignante de Saanich, Colombie-Britannique, 2016


“À Montréal, j’ai beaucoup apprécié pouvoir faire la connaissance de ma cohorte, pouvoir discuter avec eux, je me sens plus confiante à me lancer dans l’éducation en ligne!”

~ Enseignante de Vancouver, Colombie-Britannique, 2015


“Le format synchro me permet de suivre ce cours à distance tout en profitant du contact visuel avec le prof, la possibilité de poser des questions et d’obtenir des réponses immédiatement, de bénéficier des questions de mes collègues de classe, et de pouvoir discuter entre nous.”

~ Enseignante de Fredericton, Nouveau Brunswick, 2015


“Le format d’apprentissage en ligne me convient parce qu’il ne faut pas que j’aille à UBC et les cours ne sont qu’un jour par semaine. L’enseignement à date est excellent et j’ai hâte de commencer le prochain cours…”

~ Enseignant de Vancouver, Colombie-Britannique, 2014


“L’enseignement en ligne est une immense chance pour les personnes comme moi qui résident dans une communauté isolée telle que Powell River.”

~ Enseignante de Powell River, Colombie-Britannique, 2014

Info Sessions

Meet the Program Advisor and Senior Program Assistant, and learn more about this program and about applying to become a UBC graduate student.

Upcoming Sessions

There are currently no info sessions scheduled for this program.

Did you miss one of our info sessions?

Watch a recorded info session from January 11, 2024


Contacts

For program content questions:

Carl Ruest
Program Coordinator
carl.ruest@ubc.ca

For application questions or assistance:

Senior Program Assistant
604-822-2013
pdce.educ@ubc.ca