Interested in teaching French?
Teaching French is a highly rewarding career. Many high schools across Illinois have World Language Departments with French programs. Maybe you experienced one first-hand as a student!
The job outlook for candidates is excellent. In fact, many schools in Illinois are actively searching for teachers. Principals contact our program regularly to inquire about soon-to-be graduates in Spanish, German, and French.
At EIU, dedicated faculty will mentor you throughout your coursework and licensure exams.
Get ready to PASS with excellence!
Our teacher education program is nationally recognized and accredited by ACTFL/CAEP. You will take French language and culture courses in our program while also taking education courses in the College of Education. Experienced faculty will guide and advise you when preparing for the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and Illinois licensure tests. Our teaching methods follow the standards of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) to give you both linguistic and cultural proficiency.
Our content courses will get you ready! You will be able to engage YOUR future students in exciting and meaningful ways. Master the basics of French grammar and conversation, then move on to advanced classes on language, culture and literature. Strengthen your skills in our Advanced French Expression course. Study authentic examples of French and Francophone media, short stories and music. Practice and polish your French in our course on Francophone cinema and French film movements. Explore the themes of race, colonialism, and immigration.
And to gain the ultimate authenticity: Study abroad for a semester (or year) at our great partner universities in France and immerse yourself in the language.
Can’t wait to get classroom experience? Get credits, gain confidence and put your passion for teaching to work in a real-world setting. Our candidates teach our after school program in Spanish, French, or German in area elementary schools. You will have your own group of about 10 young French learners.
La Petite Ecole: Our newest initiative at EIU. French Club and faculty offer a series of French lessons to children (1st through 6th graders) in our “French Saturday School.”
Want to practice your speaking skills? Our dynamic faculty and small classes will make sure that your interpersonal and presentational communication skills grow. Outside of class, practice your speaking at our Conversation Table and French Club events.
Work as a French tutor in our lab and practice explaining verb conjugations to beginning French students…
Our faculty are master teachers who are engaged in professional teaching organizations statewide and nationwide, such as AATF, ICTFL and ACTFL. We guide you towards taking the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and Illinois licensure tests.
We mentor you while you are building your professional record. Participation in the ICTFL conference, EIU Foreign Language week, EIU’s Student Research and Creative Activity Conference, Culture Days, GlobalFest, and tutoring in our language lab will round off your resume.
We also help with applications for scholarships to go abroad. Teacher candidates can also apply for the prestigious Livingston Lord Scholarship and many other scholarships at EIU.