In this section, you can find out more about training opportunities for primary and secondary school teachers, PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) students in Modern Foreign Languages, Foreign Language Assistants, or for people who would like to develop skills in French language teaching (FLE, Français Langue Etrangère).
French Teachers’ Day at the Institut français, London
Organised in partnership with the Association for Language Learning and Network for Languages, this one-day CPD conference takes place on the first Saturday of October every year, and offers a wide range of professional development workshops for primary and secondary teachers of French in the British school system.
Don’t miss this excellent opportunity to share ideas and strategies to improve your students’ learning and discover the Institut français’s comprehensive offer for teachers of French in the UK.
We will keep you informed about our next French Teachers’ Day.
Grants for a Summer teacher training course in France
The Institut français du Royaume-Uni is offering 6 grants for a one-week summer training course in France at CAVILAM, an international centre of excellence for the professional development of French teachers and teacher trainers, which welcomes hundreds of participants from all over the world every summer.
Course dates: TBD
Content: French language and pedagogy / classroom practice
Eligibility: Teachers who play a leading role in implementing the teaching of languages at primary / Key Stage 2 level, e.g. primary language subject leaders or secondary teachers involved in outreach work, Primary Language Coordinators, Primary Hub Leaders, or any other teachers in a capacity to train their peers at their cluster or school with a minimum A2 level in French (the course will be delivered in French). Please note that this is not open to consultants but to practising teachers who have an ongoing commitment to teaching in the state sector.
Course provider: CAVILAM – Alliance Française de Vichy, France.
The grant includes only the course fee. All other expenses (international and national travel, accommodation, food and additional cultural activities) are the sole responsibility of the participants or their schools.
For primary school teachers: The Primary French Project
The Primary French project, launched in March 2013, aims to support primary schools wishing to teach French as part of the new statutory curriculum from September 2014.
It brings together three organisations: the Institut français du Royaume-Uni (IFRU), the Association for Language Learning (ALL) and Network for Languages (NfL).
A Four-Year Training Programme
This is a free, open-access, four-year training programme with pedagogical resources and assessments provided by the Institut français: levels bleu, blanc, rouge and tricolore for Years 3, 4, 5 and 6.
By using the materials to teach children, the teacher’s subject knowledge is developed in terms of vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, as well as cultural knowledge. The transition phase known as niveau multicolore is designed to help secondary teachers to understand the primary experience and to build upon it in Key Stage 3.
These materials with assessments and cultural guidance can be freely accessed and downloaded from Culturethèque.
Please contact us to know when and where the next Primary French training session will be scheduled or if you would like to set up one for your school or cluster of schools in your area.
Catherine Cheater, Primary French Project Consultant
Benoît Le Dévédec, Attaché de coopération pour le Français
You can also join an ALL Primary Hub in your area. ALL Primary Hubs offer special support sessions, based on local demand.
For PGCE Students and Foreign language assistants
Are you a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) student in Modern Foreign Languages or a French MLA (Modern Language Assistant) new to the UK? You may be interested in our EU complimentary teacher training days. This project led in collaboration with different European Cultural Institutes, the British Council and PGCE teaching centres seeks to promote a European approach to MFL teaching in the UK.
The Induction Days, held in September & October each year since 2014, are organised by each Cultural Institute for their MLAs in cooperation with the British Council. The Enrichment Day are held every year in January, and are open to PGCE students as well as MLAs.
For Teaching Aspirants
The BELC (Bureau d’enseignement de la langue et de la civilisation française à l’étranger) offers two training sessions (Winter and Summer Academy) for French or foreign people willing to develop skills in French teaching (FLE, Français Langue Etrangère). These intensive FLE training courses provided by France Education International.
Discover a wide range of free educational resources for primary and secondary teachers and students of French at all levels, including worksheets, powerpoints, subtitled documentaries, reading notes, grammar and language e-books, and more.
The “Learn” section on Culturethèque provides a wide range of free educational resources for teachers and students of French at all levels. The “Primary French Project” is a part of this section and offers sound-embedded powerpoints. Secondary school resources include subtitles documentaries and accompanying worksheets, in partnership with the INA. Detailed reading notes, grammar and language e-books are also available.
IFprofs UK officially launched during the Language Show London in mid-October and is now open to all teachers of French across the country. Connect with others, share resources, events, and professional development, all for free! Discover and make the most of this great collaborative platform by joining us here.
The Primary French Project
The Primary French Project provides free teaching materials that aim to train all who teach French at KS2. Suitable for all practitioners, including those who have no prior knowledge of the language, and also specialist linguists who are new to teaching children in KS2, the materials aim to train the teacher by providing the subject knowledge and classroom methodology that are needed in order to meet the requirements of the Programme of Study for Languages in KS2, as well as transition into KS3.
The Language Magician
The fruit of an Erasmus + funded project involving 10 international partners, The Language Magician is an innovative serious game dedicated to encouraging the learning of languages for children aged 6-9, and providing a fun way of assessing their progression in the language. If you are looking to add some video games into your classroom practices check out this great free application and website here: https://www.thelanguagemagician.net/
Arsenal Double Club
The Arsenal Double Club is an educational programme aimed at primary and secondary pupils combining football and modern foreign language learning.
Resources from the Institut français d’Ecosse
The Institut français d’Ecosse is dedicated to promoting the learning and teaching of French among Scottish schools. They support primary and secondary teachers with free online resources and CPDs within their local authority.
International French-language television channel TV5Monde offers interactive exercises based on a wide range of videos. Ready-made worksheets and cultural guidance are also available. The identified levels refer to the CEFR.
International French radio RFI provides pedagogical materials on current topics, for advanced students (Level B1-C2). An entertaining and challenging way to keep abreast of international and French events.
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