French as a Foreign

2020 SPCD Summer Programs in France ▾

The SPCD (Stages Pédagogiques de Courte Durée) program offers funding for  American teachers to attend a short summer training in France : at least 14 positions are offered for teachers of French as a foreign language at CAVILAM French Alliance in the town of Vichy ; and 6 positions for teachers of Dual Language & Immersion programs at CLA (Centre de Langues Appliquées) in the town of Besançon. The Embassy of France in the United States sponsors selected participants to attend these trainings.

Upcoming SPCD Trainings

Please see below for eligibility criteria, application, and other important details.

Applications for Summer 2020 SPCD Trainings in France are OPEN.

DEADLINE : March 9th


« Pratiques et techniques fondamentales pour l'enseignement du FLE »

20–31 juillet 2020

à Vichy

16 bourses offertes au minimum pour les enseignants de FLE avec excellente maîtrise du français (niveau B1 minimum)

Stage CLA

« Enseignement bilingue francophone »

6–17 juillet 2020

à Besançon

6 bourses offertes pour les enseignants de classes bilingue avec excellente maîtrise du français (niveau B2 minimum)



- Applicants must currently hold a full time position as a teacher of French or a teacher in a French dual language or immersion program

- Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. French nationals may not apply for the SPCD grants.

- Those who have received a grant from the French Government over the last 3 years may not apply for the SPCD grants

- Applicants must have at least an intermediate level of proficiency in French (at least B1* level on the CEFR scale for teachers of French as a foreign language ; at least B2** level on the CEFR scale for teachers in bilingual programs)

*B1 level is equivalent to the Intermediate High level on the ACTFL scale         

**B2 level is equivalent to the Advanced Low level on the ACTFL scale


SPCD Grant Details 

Each selected SPCD grantee receives:

  • Waiver of fees for the 2-week training
  • Round-trip train tickets from Paris to Vichy or Besançon
  • Housing and meals in French host families or on campus

PLUS : For grantees of the French Embassy:

  • Financial aid in the amount of $600 USD for international flights from city of residence to Paris and back ; plus ~$200 to cover additional expenses (taxis, bus tickets, etc.)




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