French for Teaching at Post Primary Level

The programme aims to provide domestic and international candidates with an opportunity to engage in a programme of studies that has been designed with the intention of meeting Teaching Council requirements for registration as an accredited French teacher at post-primary level. The programme offers intensive studies in the areas of French translation, French and Francophone literary and cultural studies, and French language pedagogy. The Postgraduate Diploma programme may also serve as an entry route to the MLitt / PhD programme in French Studies.

IMPORTANT: This programme does not involve professional accreditation. It provides its graduates with the requisite 60 ECTS credits configured to meeting current Teaching Council requirements for French. In order to be accredited by the Teaching Council, all graduates of this programme must hold a PME or equivalent, and will be required to submit themselves for individual evaluation by the Teaching Council of Ireland.

Subjects taught

Applicants will study the following module

Module code Module title Semester 1,2, or full year New or existing module Compulsory or optional module. Credit weight

FR621 Advanced Translation 1 1 Existing Compulsory 5

FR633 Maternal Counternarratives 1 Existing Compulsory 10

FR340 Indigenous women's writing in Quebec 2 Existing Compulsory 5

FR339 French Linguistics 1 Existing Compulsory 5

FR635 Pedagogical Approaches to Teaching French as a Foreign Language 2 New Compulsory 10

FR622 Advanced Translation 2 2 Existing Compulsory 5

FR624 Ecriture et Identité: Marguerite Yourcenar 2 Existing Compulsory 10

FR619 Huguenot Life Writing 2 Existing Compulsory 5

FR630 Narratives of Conflict in Twentieth Century France 1 Existing Compulsory 5

Year Total of credits for the year 60

NB: Prospective candidates who are undertaking the programme in order to meet the Teaching Council requirements for French are strongly advised to consult with the Teaching Council regarding the number and type of credits that they must complete.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. Under normal circumstances, applicants should have a BA involving French Studies or a cognate discipline (e.g. linguistics, literary/cultural studies) with at least a 2.1 degree, or equivalent. Applicants whose previous history of education does not fit this profile are invited to contact the Programme Director to enquire about their eligibility to apply for the programme.

Minimum CEFR Proficiency level of B2.2 in French and C1.1 in English.

Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants.

National University of Ireland Maynooth's TOEFL code is 8850

Application dates

Closing Date : 30 June 2023


1 year Full-time, 2 years Part-time.

Post Course Info

The Postgraduate Diploma in French for Teaching at Post-Primary Level is intended for candidates who already possess a Professional Masters of Education (PME), or equivalent, or those who intend on pursuing a PME upon completion of this postgraduate diploma with the end goal of becoming fully accredited post-primary teachers of French in Ireland. The Postgraduate Diploma programme may also serve as an entry route to further studies in French.

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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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