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The K Dog

Joined: 27 Feb 2003
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Location: Paris

PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2003 6:57 pm    Post subject: Out of the loop? Reply with quote

Dear Readers,
I have a bit of a problem: I have been teaching EFL in Paris, France for the past two-and-a-half-years, have learned to speak French fluently, but I have no degree in French (BA in English Literature, M.Ed in Postsecondary TESOL), now, I would like to go back to America and be a French teacher in the secondary school system, but I don't know what to do. Even though I don't have a French degree, I speak it, and would like to teach it as I find it more stimulating than EFL, so, do you know, if (I know that regulations vary from state to state) I could teach this subject after passing a certification exam that states that I am fluent rather than getting a whole new BA and a whole new M.Ed? Someone mentioned the private school system, so, maybe that's an option, but I just fear spending six more years acquiring more degrees to teach something I already know and the time and expense that could incur. If you could help I would appreciate it.
Peace out,
K Dog
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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2003 4:02 am    Post subject: Teaching French in the USA Reply with quote

To get my teaching credential at the age of 40 took 1.5 years full-time. Yes, I greatly enjoyed being back in college as a student. I also taught composition part-time so I wasn't completely out of the proesssional loop.

My BA and MFA were in Rhetoric (writing), and there was no credential in writing. So I had to take English literature courses to get a credential in English.

If you go for a credential program, you'd obviously have a French placement exam. Then you pass that and take the teaching coursework program and student teaching. THEN you have more opportunities to teach at schools around the world - as EFL and French.

If you go to a good school and convince the Education Dept. that you've had a lot of teaching experience, you can cut the student teaching down from a semester to a few months. I did that - then the Education Dept. Head died.... and I had to re-convince the new guy. Rather than student teach for just one month as originally planned, I had to student teach two months, but not the full semester.

It's not that painful! It's a good investment. Sometimes I think I should have gotten a Masters in Linguistics, but mosts USA schools seemed two-year programs. However, in the UK, such Masters can be done in one-year programs.

The credential program in the USA is strict. It's an educational reform action so the USA isn't littered with many (not all!) Korean-like EFL teachers.
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