French for Teaching at Post-Primary Level
Are you a native or proficient speaker of French? Have you completed or intend to complete a teacher-training programme? Do you want to become a French teacher but don’t have sufficient French Studies credits for Teaching Council accreditation? If you answered “yes” to the above questions, we may have the right programme for you!
The School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures offers the following three programmes in French Studies for prospective teachers who would like to complete the subject-specific credits required to submit themselves for accreditation with the Teaching Council of Ireland:
Postgraduate Diploma in French for Teaching at Post-Primary Level (60 ECTS)
Postgraduate Certificate in French for Teaching at Post-Primary Level (30 ECTS)
Professional Certificate in French for Teaching at Post-Primary Level (20 ECTS)
Our suite of modules in French for Teaching at Post-Primary Level allows you to choose from a range of options in Translation, Literature, Film, and Teaching French as a Foreign Language and put together your own programme to meet the requirements for Teaching Council accreditation. You’ll even be able to take all your classes on one day per week so you can meet your other professional and personal commitments at the same time! Past graduates of our equivalent programme in German Studies have been successfully accredited by the Teaching Council and continued their professional journeys as fully accredited post-primary teachers, including some who subsequently also completed their postgraduate teacher training (e.g. through the PME).
Prospective candidates may qualify for partial funding of this programme through the Post-Primary Languages Initiative (PPLI).
French is a world language spoken on all five continents, and French culture and society have played an important role on the world stage from the seventeenth century to the present moment.
The MA French Studies is driven by the research interests of academic staff and captures some of the effervescence of French culture in the diverse courses on offer: from contemporary women’s writing to Huguenots in exile; from poetry and the press in the nineteenth century to French film in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
An MA in French Studies builds on the existing knowledge and skills of applicants with a primary degree in the subject, by fostering a higher level of linguistic and cultural competence through interactive coursework.
Graduates of the programme have gone on to a wide spectrum of careers in Ireland, France and further afield. They hold positions in primary, secondary or university education; the diplomatic corps; translation and interpretation services in Ireland and the European Community; multinational companies, international law firms, or banking and finance; and NGOs working in francophone Africa. Our graduates are present wherever highly educated people with strong language skills are sought after at home and abroad.
The MA Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures: Narratives of Conflict aims to provide students who already have a background in French, German or Spanish at undergraduate level with an opportunity to specialise in the area of literary analysis with particular emphasis on narratives on conflict in the cultures and societies of French-, German- and Spanish-speaking countries. The programme introduces students to academic research, new ideas and theoretical approaches. It aims to equip students with academic, analytical, creative, reflective and presentation skills in order to foster interest and involvement in the field of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures with specific emphasis to narratives of conflict. It also aims to enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of important concepts of European languages, literatures, cultures and societies, in particular with regard to France, Germany, Austria, and/or Spain and Latin American countries.