Tyndale’s French minor is a new program which allows students to deepen both their aptitude and their passion for the French language and its diverse cultures. The program equips students with theoretical and practical skills to gain a thorough understanding of the language. Students are given the opportunity to develop these skills inside the classroom and out.
What can you do with a French Minor?
So you love the French language… but where in the world will a French minor take you? Adding a French minor to your degree provides you with countless possibilities. Did you know that French is spoken on five continents of the world? It is even one of the official languages of the United Nations. That means you can travel all over the world with just one language! Plus, a French minor is highly coveted among Canadian employers – being bilingual is a big deal! You could find work as a teacher, interpreter or translator, government worker, humanitarian aid worker or just about any business position that you can imagine! So I guess the real question isn’t where in the world a French minor can take you, but rather, where in the world do you want to go?
What courses make up the minor?
Students can choose from a wide variety of courses, including: Introductory and Intermediate French, Everyday French Grammar, Conversational French, French Literature, Business French, a French Travel Course and more. All of the courses are crafted in such a way that students progressively and continually build on their French knowledge as they develop into fluent speakers.
French Travel Practicum
The French Travel Practicum is a French student’s dream! Upper-year students embark on a five-day journey to a Francophone city. Students will be immersed in the French language and culture as they interact with native speakers, study the local culture and visit key tourist sites. Who wouldn’t want to get credit for travelling to another country and practicing a language they love?
Dr. C. Robert Foster
I met with Dr. C. Robert Foster, the head of the French minor program. Dr. Foster grew up in a bilingual setting in Quebec, studied at the University of Montreal, and even lived in France for a year when he was in high school. He has ministry experience in French speaking churches and has worked with language curriculum. His knowledge and experience in the French language has been invaluable to the development of the new minor program at Tyndale.
Dr. Foster says his favourite aspect of this program is that it “reflects the current needs of society.” The courses meet the practical needs of students by providing a realistic and high-quality French education.
He also highlighted the tension that the minor seeks to maintain between baseline knowledge and competency of the language. Many people see French as a daunting language involving grammatical rules and a lot of memorization, but this program is focused on integrating grammar with conversational skills. This means that the courses have been designed to meet you at your level and help you to build your knowledge and communicative abilities. For that reason, students are receiving a very high-level of integrated education as they learn the theory behind the French language and are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge effectively in real-world situations.
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