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2013 - 2014

Minor in French Teaching (23–38 hours*)


This minor is designed to prepare students to teach in public secondary schools. A teaching minor may only be received by students graduating with a teaching major. In order to graduate with this minor, students are required to complete Utah State Office of Education licensing requirements. To view these requirements go to http://education.byu.edu/ess/licensing.html or contact Education Student Services, 120 MCKB, (801) 422-3426.

Program Requirements

  1. The French and Italian Department requires a minimum of 12 minor hours to be taken in residence at BYU for this minor program. These hours may also go toward BYU's 30-hour residency requirement for graduation.
  2. Grades below C- in professional education courses or content courses will not be accepted in the teaching major or teaching minor. Teacher candidates must have a cumulative 2.85 GPA in teaching major and teaching minor courses to qualify for student teaching.
  3. Complete the following prerequisites (or equivalent):
  4. Complete the following:
      FREN 321 : Advanced French Part 1. (3:3:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      FREN 321 : Advanced French Part 1. (3:3:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      RECOMMENDED: Fren 202 or equivalent.
      DESCRIPTION: Grammar and composition, listening and speaking skills.

      Course Outcomes


      FREN 340 : Introduction to Literary Analysis. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      FREN 340 : Introduction to Literary Analysis. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      RECOMMENDED: Fren 321 or concurrent enrollment.
      DESCRIPTION: How to read French prose, drama, and poetry and apply methods of literary criticism.
      NOTE: Capstone course for GE Languages of Learning requirement for returned missionaries

      Course Outcomes


      FREN 377 : Introduction to French Language Teaching. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      FREN 377 : Introduction to French Language Teaching. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall
      PREREQUISITE: Fren 321; FLang 276 (if a French teaching major)
      DESCRIPTION: Language acquisition theories and instructional practices specific to French language classrooms. Includes teaching phonological features and pronunciation. Lectures, demonstrations, and microteaching.
      NOTE: Taught in French and English.

      Course Outcomes


      FREN 378 : French Language Teaching Procedures and Practicum. (2:1:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      FREN 378 : French Language Teaching Procedures and Practicum. (2:1:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: Fren 377; 491 with minimum rating of advanced--low on the French oral proficiency exam; fingerprinting and FBI clearance for students planning to do an internship or student teach in the public schools.
      DESCRIPTION: Designing and practicing instruction for French classes in secondary schools. Developing teaching, critical thinking, and assessment skills.
      NOTE: Taught in French and English.

      Course Outcomes


      Note: Fren 377 and 378 must be taken before student teaching.

  5. Complete two courses from the following:
  6. Complete one course from the following:
  7. Complete the following and have an oral proficiency interview (OPI) before enrolling in Fren 378. The rating will be recorded on the student's transcript. The required minimum OPI rating is advanced—low before applying to student teach in the major.
      FREN 491R : Senior Oral Proficiency Evaluation. (0:0:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      FREN 491R : Senior Oral Proficiency Evaluation. (0:0:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      DESCRIPTION: Evaluation required of all French majors during the senior year and all French-teaching majors and minors before enrolling in Fren 378.

      Course Outcomes



      Note: Before applying for student teaching or an internship, students must receive an official OPI certificate from ACTFL with a rating of advanced-low or higher. At least one month before student teaching applications are due, students should schedule an OPI through the Center for Language Studies, 3086 JFSB.
  8. It is the student's responsibility to take the French PRAXIS test and ensure BYU receives the test scores.

Note: The Department of French and Italian offers the following resources to strengthen oral language skills: conversation courses (Fren 211R, 311R, 411R), the Foreign Language Student Residence, Study Abroad, or an internship in French-speaking countries. Please refer to the specific program or course description for detailed information about these resources.

*Hours include courses that may fulfill university core requirements.



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