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POSTGRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN FRENCH FOR TEACHING AT POST PRIMARY LEVEL

Qualification : POSTGRADUATE CERTIFICATE

Award Type and NFQ level : CERTIFICATE LEVEL 9

CAO/PAC code : MHM60;MHM61

CAO Points :

Closing Date : 31 July 2021

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The Postgraduate Certificate in French for Teaching as Post-Primary Level aims to provide domestic and international candidates with an opportunity to complete the subject-specific credits they require in order to be able to submit themselves for accreditation through the Teaching Council of Ireland. It is particularly suitable for holders of a BA and HDip/PME who already teach in the post-primary system and want to add French as an additional subject to their skillset; it will also be of interest to international candidates (including native speakers of French), who have completed their teacher education, have had it approved by the Teaching Council, but require up to 30 ECTS credits in French to register as teachers of the language.

This programme has been specifically tailored to meeting the Teaching Council of Ireland’s requirements for registration as an accredited French teacher at post-primary level. The programme follows a three-pronged approach by offering intensive studies in the areas of French language skills; literary, cultural and film studies of the French-speaking world; and French linguistics and language pedagogy. In this way, it aims to enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of important concepts in French language and literature, culture and society, including their didactic and methodological application.

Prospective candidates may qualify for partial funding of this programme through the Post-Primary Languages Initiative (PPLI). See here for further details.

IMPORTANT: This programme does not involve professional accreditation. It allows applicants to register for up to 30 ECTS from a range of French-specific credits. Applicants can choose from these modules to put together a programme that complements their existing qualifications and thus allows them to meet the current Teaching Council requirements for French. In order to be accredited by the Teaching Council, all graduates of this programme must hold a PME or equivalent and will be required to submit themselves for individual evaluation by the Teaching Council of Ireland.

Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. Under normal circumstances, applicants should have a BA involving French Studies or a cognate discipline (e.g. linguistics or literary/cultural studies) with at least a 2.1 degree, or equivalent. Applicants whose previous history of education does not fit this profile are invited to contact the Programme Director to enquire about their eligibility to apply for the programme. 

Minimum CEFR Proficiency level of B2.2 in French and C1.1 in English.

Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants.

National University of Ireland Maynooth’s TOEFL code is 8850

Applicants can choose up to 30 ECTS from the following modules:

Module code

Module title

Semester 1,2, or full year

New or existing module

Compulsory or optional module.

Credit weight

FR621

Advanced Translation 1

1

Existing

Optional

5

FR633

Maternal Counternarratives

1

Existing

Optional

10

FR340

Indigenous women’s writing in Quebec

2

Existing

Optional

5

FR339

French Linguistics

1

Existing

Optional

5

FR635

Pedagogical Approaches to Teaching French as a Foreign Language

2

New

Optional

10

FR622

Advanced Translation 2

2

Existing

Optional

5

FR624

Ecriture et Identité: Marguerite Yourcenar

2

Existing

Optional

10

FR619

Huguenot Life Writing

2

Existing

Optional

5

FR630

Narratives of Conflict in Twentieth Century France

1

Existing

Optional

5

Year

Total of credits for the year

 

 

 

60

NB: Prospective candidates who are undertaking the programme in order to meet the Teaching Council requirements for French are strongly advised to consult with the Teaching Council regarding the number and type of credits that they must complete.

 

Course Duration: 1 year Full-time, 2 years Part-time

The Postgraduate Certificate in French for Teaching at Post-Primary Level is intended for candidates who already possess at least 30 ECTS of subject-specific credits in French and a Professional Masters of Education (PME) or equivalent  – or those who intend on pursuing a PME upon completion of this Postgraduate Certificate – with the end goal of becoming fully accredited post-primary teachers of French in Ireland.

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Online application only www.pac.ie/maynoothuniversity

PAC Code

MHM60-Full-time                                                                                                                                                                                                                  MHM61 Part-time

The following documents should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:

Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.

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