Teaching French as a Second Language Competency Test

Components of French Competency Entrance Test

Teacher Candidates will be asked to:

  1. complete a short written composition on a given topic
  2. read a text for comprehension which will be assessed by responding orally to questions about the text questions about the text
  3. engage in an oral (individual) conversation with an FSL faculty member
  4. complete a written test to assess the applicant's knowledge of, and familiarity with, the following elements:
  • Partitive articles
  • Infinitive constructions, present and past infinitives
  • Idiomatic expressions
  • Relative pronouns
  • Past participle agreements with preceding direct object
  • Adjectives and adverbs
  • Subjunctive expressions, present subjunctive verbs
  • Verbs after qui / que
  • Imperative constructions
  • All indicative verb tenses, including "être", "avoir", auxiliary, reflexives
  • Translation from English to French of common expressions
  • Gender of typical nouns

Prerequisites to be certified to teach French as a Second Language

In order to teach French as a Second Language at the PJ level, a teacher requires an additional qualification in French. At Tyndale, this requirement is met through:

  • The successful completion of the French Competency Test
  • Successful completion of the full PJ program including EDUP 5093 French as a Second Language, EDPR 5343 Professional Seminar, and at least one practicum placement in an FSL classroom environment.

At the JI level, a teacher requires FSL to be listed as a subject specialty teachable. At Tyndale, this requirement is met through:

  • The successful completion at least two full French courses (12 credit hours) at the university level prior to entering the B.Ed. program
  • The successful completion of the French Competency Test
  • Successful completion of the full JI program including EDIT 5053 French as a Second Language, EDPR 5343 Professional Seminar, and at least one practicum placement in an FSL classroom environment.