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Professional Specialization Certificate in Teaching French Immersion


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The Professional Specialization Certificate In Teaching French Immersion (PSC in TFI) is a 6.0 unit credit program administered by the Division of Continuing Studies, in cooperation with UVic's Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Faculty of Education, and Department of French.

There are four courses in the program - one fluency course and three methodology courses. Two of the courses are offered on campus in July, two by distance Fall and Spring.

The program is open to in-service and pre-service teachers. You’ll acquire the unique skills, methodological knowledge and French language fluency to be a highly effective teacher in the French Immersion environment.

All courses are taught in French.

Click here for the 2014-15 Schedule.

Entrance Requirements

An entry assessment of current fluency levels is required before acceptance into the program. We use the TFI - Test de Français International. This is a written and oral comprehension test which takes approximately 2 hours. You will receive an official TFI score certificate which can be used for a number of purposes.

 What is the TFI? - Test de Français International

Test de Français International is produced by Educational Testing Services (ETS) This agency also produces such widely recognized tests as the TOEFL for English. TFI is a standardized test widely used in Canada and abroad to demonstrate one’s level of proficiency in French.

It is used by a number of French-language universities in Quebec to measure prospective participants’ entrance level (much like TOEFL is for English-language universities). It is also one of the tests recognized by the French government for naturalization purposes. It will, also, in the near future, be the main screening instrument for hiring French Immersion teachers in a number of school districts in the province, especially on Vancouver Island (starting with Greater Victoria SD61).

ETS website:

What is the minimum entrance score for entry into the PSC in teaching French Immersion?

Applicants can be admitted to the program with the following minimum scores:

Oral: 365  and  Written: 305     

How do I know what specific skills this corresponds to? Do I have a chance at my current level?

Please consult the following site which describes the various score descriptors for the TFI, from ETS. Use it to self-evaluate your proficiency based on the descriptors for the minimum admission level, to decide if it is worth your while to take the test now or if you prefer to take a course first to improve your fluency, and test in the future.

Is the TFI calibrated to other standardized tests?

Yes, an official correlation with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) has been established. See from the ETS website.

The minimum TFI entrance scores correspond to B2 for written comprehension and slightly below C1 for oral comprehension.

You do not need to be evaluated for entry into the PSC if you have already obtained an official score on another standardized instrument (such as TEF, DELF) and if you can document being placed at B2 or higher for written comprehension and C1 or higher for oral comprehension.

Please note that self-evaluation is not sufficient to demonstrate your level.

What if I cannot come to Victoria for the test?

Where can I find more information on the TFI?

You can find very useful information on the ETS website, including:

How do I prepare for the test?

Make sure you read the TFI Examinee Handbook 

If your self-evaluations indicate that upgrading is necessary, please contact Mr. Didier Bergeret, French Programs, Division of Continuing Studies (

How do I register for the May entrance test?

You can register online from this site:

Or please contact Lona McRae -  or phone 1-250-721-6192.

We will inform all applicants of their scores by email within 3 weeks.

If there is sufficient demand, we may organize a session once or twice a year in another Vancouver Island location, such as Nanaimo, though there are no plans for the immediate future.


With a successful assessment, and application to or re-registration with UVic, you could start the program in Summer 2014, with one or both courses on campus (Modern French, and Organization & Instruction in French Immersion). Designs for Learning (online) is offered in the Fall (has prerequisite of Organization & Instruction).

Or start the program in January 2015 with Principles (online).

There is also an application form to the program, this will be emailed to you upon registration. There is a $50 application fee, which is due upon registration in your first course in the program

Depending on Education Ministry funding, we hope to offer a bursary to currently certified teachers and to student teachers, on a course by course basis.


The Professional Specialization Certificate in Teaching French Immersion (PSC in Teaching French Immersion) will:


Where do the courses take place?

The certificate consists of four courses. Two are delivered online during Winter session (Fall and Spring terms), and two take place in Summer session at the University of Victoria campus.



Fluency component:

~~Modern French (FRAN475), on CAMPUS with an ONLINE component following, Summer Session  (3 weeks, concurrent with Organization & Instruction) 

Detailed study of contemporary French, with particular attention to aspects of the language useful to immersion teachers.

And three Methodology courses:

~~Organization and Instruction in French Immersion (EDCI476), on CAMPUS, Summer Session (3 weeks, concurrent with Modern French)

An examination of current models for the organization and instruction of French Immersion students at the elementary and secondary level. Participants will define and to articulate those critical factors that ensure lessons and units of study will enable students to learn language as well as concepts/skills.

 ~~Designs for Learning (in French Immersion) (EDCI477), ONLINE, September to December

This course focuses on all aspects of assessment and evaluation within the context of Immersion’s language and content methodology. Pre-requisite:Organization and Instruction in French Immersion

~~Principles in Teaching French Immersion (EDCI475), ONLINE, January to April

Develop a solid grounding in the basic curricula and evaluation as required of the French Immersion program and an understanding of the similarities and differences between teaching in Immersion and in the English program. Emphasis is on how students develop literacy and numeracy in French Immersion while mastering the skills and concepts laid out in all subject areas as required by the BC curriculum.

Participants will be assessed on their ability to demonstrate the development of lessons that simultaneously achieve language and content/concept goals as well as on their ability to critique sample lessons and units of study suggesting, when necessary, modifications that would be required in an Immersion classroom.

Completion Requirements

The certificate consists of four courses. Two are delivered online during Winter session (Fall and Spring terms), and two take place in Summer session at the University of Victoria campus. You must successfully complete all four courses to earn the certificate. 

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Start Dates:

ASSESSMENT for Entry in PSC in Teaching French Immersion
Saturday, May 3, on campus, starting at 10 am
Fee: $95 plus GST
To register for this assessment: email

The next assessment will be in Victoria in November 2014.

Program Length:

Four courses, 6.0 units. Two of the courses are offered on campus in July, two by distance Fall and Spring.


For more information about this program, please contact Lona McRae: 

Phone: (+1) 250-721-6192