Primary/Junior applicants who wish to register in the Primary Junior with a focus on the teaching of French as a Second Language Program and Junior/Intermediate applicants who wish to register with French as a Second Language as their teachable, must first successfully complete a French Language Proficiency Test. The purpose of the test is to determine if applicants are functionally bilingual, assessing their preparedness for teaching all three of the French Programs as outlined in the French as a Second Language Ontario Curriculum document, namely Core French, Extended French, and French Immersion.
French Language Proficiency Test Components
During the 120 minute competency test, the teacher candidate will:
- Read a text and answer comprehension questions.
- Write a short composition on a given topic.
Complete short answers pertaining to the following language structure components
- 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 simple and compound verb tenses, including “être” and “avoir” auxiliaries, reflexives
- “Faire” expressions
- Translation from English to French of common expressions such as “Come right away!”
- Object pronouns
- Gender of typical nouns like “porte-monnaie”.
- Translations without using anglicisms, such as “make the right decision”
Dates and Procedures
Once your application is complete and has been assessed as meeting the entrance requirements, if you have chosen the PJ FSL Track, or JI Track with French as a Second Language Teachable, you will be contacted and invited to sign up for a timeslot to come to Tyndale campus and write the French Language Proficiency Test.
Whether or not you are successful in passing the French Language Proficiency Test, if you meet the requirements for consideration for an interview, you will also be contacted and invited to sign up for an interview time slot.
Applicants who are not successful in passing the French Language Proficiency Test may still be offered admission to the regular Primary/Junior track, or to the Junior/Intermediate Track. Junior/Intermediate Track offers are dependent upon whether the applicant has another teachable subject qualification besides French.