French as a Foreign
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Workshops in the US ▾

Each year, the French Embassy organizes several free workshops for French teachers and university professors throughout the United States. These 3-6 hour courses are led by specialists in French as a foreign language and cover a variety of themes. In 2017, more than 30 workshops were organized in 15 cities across the US on themes such as "Teaching French using the press", “Developing  speaking skills in French”, “Teaching French for beginners”, “Typography and collage workshop in French”, “Integrating ICT in your teaching with the Google suite”, “Learning and Teaching with TV5Monde”. Partnering and hosting institutions vary depending on context, and have  included academic associations, university centers, Alliances Françaises, and school districts.


Upcoming Workshops


JANUARY-FEBRUARY

"Teach with children's literature"
Jan. 30th to Feb. 10th, 2018
Washington DC, Salt Lake City, San Diego, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Bâton-Rouge, Tulsa, Atlanta.

Descriptif: French children’s literature is well-known for its high quality, which makes it a great resource for dual language schools and programs, and using these French language children’s books in complement to more conventional teaching tools makes for a more enriching learning experience.

Not only does it encourage a love for reading, but it also provides a new way for students to practice their French language skills and exposes children to a wide variety of topics (such as the sciences, geography, etc.).

This 6 hour training will be conducted by Marie Barguirdjian, who has been working in children’s entertainment and training teachers to learn to use children’s literature as an learning tool for many years. Marie is the author of children’s books and is the Ecole des loisirs North American representative — the Ecole des loisirs is the most important and reputable academic reference in France for Educational Nationale (ie. public) schools. Reading and experiencing children’s books is a way for children to bond among themselves. This makes it important for children’s books to be a part of students’ time at school and at home, which is why Marie trains teachers and librarians, as well as parents! Book reviews, discoveries, thematic listings and workshops are all available on her blog, artstramgram.org

This workshop is only open to LabelFrancEducation schools.


JULY

SPCD «Enseignement bilingue francophone »
July 2-12, 2018
Besançon, Franche-Comté (France)

The SPCD (Stages Pédagogiques de Courte Durée) program offers funding for American teachers to attend a short summer training in France. In 2018, 6 positions for teachers of Dual Language & Immersion programs at CLA (Centre de Langues Appliquées) in the town of Besançon.

Eligibility

- 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 B2* level on the CEFR scale).

*B2 level speakers can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc; deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where the language is spoken; produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest and describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

SPCD Grand Details

Each selected SPCD grantee receives:

  • Waiver of SPCD application fees to the training center
  • Train economy tickets from Paris to Besançon
  • Housing and meals in French host families or on campus
  • Financial aid in the amount of $600 USD for an international flight from city of residence to Paris and back (each grantee will have to buy his/her own flight tickets and will receive a refund in the amount of $600 maximum after the training)

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION HERE

Application Deadline: FEBRUARY 23, 2018

To learn about other SPCD grants opportunities in France, please visit the dedicated page.


JULY

"An Introduction to Immersion Teaching"
July 16-20, 2018
Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA), Minneapolis, Minnesota
More information : http://carla.umn.edu/institutes/2018/immersion101.html

Descriptif:  CARLA, ou Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition de l’Université du Minnesota, oeuvre depuis plus de 20 ans au développement de l’enseignement des langues, notamment dans la recherche et la formation en enseignement bilingue.

En 2018, la Fondation FACE en partenariat avec le Département éducatif des services culturels de
l’Ambassade de France aux Etats-Unis offre pour la seconde année 5 bourses permettant à des
enseignants de français américains issus d’établissements ayant obtenu le LabelFranceÉducatio
n de suivre une formation.

Please download the below application for important information regarding grant eligibility and financial contribution.

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION HERE

Application Deadline: FEBRUARY 23, 2018