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French Teachers' Program

The curriculum for French as a second language teaching in Ontario and in other provinces in Canada has been revised according to the principles listed in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages. This course is geared towards participants interested in learning the principles of the neurolinguistic approach to second language acquisition as well as how to apply the new FSL curriculum in the classroom.

French 2170A - The Neurolinguistic Approach to Second-Language Acquisition
This 45 hour (0.5 credit) course from Western University will provide a theoretical overview of the neurolinguistic approach to second language acquisition. Students will examine the various strategies for oral production, reading, and writing that have been conceptualized in order to operationalize this approach. This two-week program is designed for both core French and French immersion teachers or teacher candidates. Different approaches to teaching, various methodologies, classroom activities, the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) including l'approche actionnelle, are just some of the topics that will be discussed. 

Whether you are a recent graduate or have been teaching French for a number of years, this program, held in a 100% francophone environment at one of the most renowned French immersion schools, is a great way to expand and enhance your skills and professional development. Successful participants will receive a certificate in teaching Intensive French.

View our Trois-Pistoles photo album and preliminary French Teachers' Program schedule for an idea of what to expect during the program. Accommodation and meals are provided by local families. Visit our travel page to learn about available methods of transportation and suggested arrival and departure dates.


Bursaries are available for Ontario FSL teachers and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible applicants. Eligible applicants include FSL teachers (Core, Extended, Immersion) employed by an English Ontario School Board and who have at least a high intermediate level of proficiency in French. Long-term occasional teachers are also eligible. The bursary amount ($1500) covers the tuition, room and board (3 meals/day) and the application fee. You must register online and pay the initial $458 fee to qualify. If successful, you will be reimbursed at the end of the program.

All bursaries have now been awarded. Program registration is still available and a wait list for bursaries is in effect for eligible candidates in the event of a cancellation.

July 24 - August 4, 2017

Homestay and application fees
* Tuition ($1042 domestic) will be billed later


Western University students, please note that this course cannot count towards a Department of French Studies module. 

Refund Policy: Request for withdrawal received a minimum of 30 calendar days prior to the course start date will be granted a refund of the deposit or total fees paid less a $50 withdrawal charge.  Request for withdrawal after 30 days and a minimum of 15 days prior to the course start date will be granted a refund of 75% of the deposit or total fees paid. No refunds are given after 15 days prior to the start of a course.

The two-week professional development programme at Trois-Pistoles is a fantastic experience for any second language teacher! The instructor brings together the Common European Framework of Reference and the Neurolinguistic Approach to second language teaching in a way that equips teachers with the 'what' and the 'how' of effective language instruction. I would highly recommend this programme to anybody who is interested in second language instruction.

Cory Camarro