How to Teach in French in BC - FAQ


Here are the most frequently asked questions we have received regarding working as a French Teacher in British Columbia.

To teach in French in British Columbia, you need a relevant teaching degree, to meet the teacher certification requirements, and have the required language skills.

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The requirements may vary, but you should have a high level of proficiency in both French and English. Some positions may require standardized tests to demonstrate your language skills.

  • TEF (Test d’évaluation de français): For immigration, work, or studies, evaluating skills in oral comprehension, oral expression, reading, and writing.
  • TCF Canada (Test de connaissance du français pour le Canada): Assesses French skills for immigration, work, or studies, including oral comprehension, reading, oral expression, and writing.
  • DELF (Diplôme d’études en langue française) and DALF (Diplôme approfondi de langue française): Official diplomas recognizing French proficiency for academic and professional use.
  • CLB (Canadian Language Benchmark) and NCLC (Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens): Used for immigration to assess language proficiency for daily life, work, or studies.
  • TFI (Test de français international): Assesses workplace-related French skills, focusing on oral comprehension and reading.
  • TEF Canada: Evaluates both English and French proficiency for immigration and professional needs.
  • TFAQ (Test de français adapté au Québec): Designed for immigration to Quebec, assessing linguistic skills required to live and work in the province.
  • TFI for studies: Assesses French proficiency in an academic context, often used by Canadian universities and colleges.

Canadian citizenship is not a requirement; however, you will need a valid work permit or permanent resident status to work as a teacher in British Columbia.

Teachers are employed in various educational institutions in British Columbia, including public, private, and international schools.

Yes, British Columbia provides professional development opportunities for teachers, including those specialized in teaching French. These opportunities will keep you informed about new teaching methods and curriculum developments.

The salaries of French teachers in British Columbia can vary depending on factors such as experience, location, and the type of educational institution. Typically, each job offer should display the proposed salary range.

After obtaining the Certificate of Qualification (COQ) from the Teacher Regulation Branch (TRB), you should initiate the application process with the Teacher Qualification Service (TQS) to secure your dedicated teaching card. This TQS card will determine how much you will be paid based on your experience and qualifications.

For more detailed information on salary ranges, you can refer to the Make a Future Salary Finder.

Yes, schools in British Columbia often have support services and provide resources for French learners, especially in immersion programs, to help students become proficient in both English and French.

French immersion is an educational program designed to immerse students in the French language and Francophone culture. In British Columbia, this program typically starts in the early grades, where students are taught various subjects in French rather than in English. The goal is for students to become proficient in French while still developing skills in English.

Initially, the curriculum is taught predominantly in French, gradually integrating more English instruction as students progress through the grades. The program aims to foster bilingualism, allowing students to become fluent in both languages. It involves various teaching methods, including communication-based learning, cultural activities, and language immersion experiences to facilitate language acquisition.

Yes, French immersion programs are typically available starting from kindergarten or grade 1 and continue through elementary and secondary levels in British Columbia. Verify the terminology.

The program in French immersion schools follows the same provincial standards as regular programs but is delivered in French. In immersion, emphasis is placed on developing language skills in French, gradually introducing subjects in English, thereby promoting bilingualism.

Core French is a learning program that introduces students to French as a second language. Core French focuses on learning language skills in French, but education primarily takes place in English.

Students typically begin learning Core French in the 5th grade, although the specific grade level may vary depending on the school district.

There are four programs offered in public schools in British Columbia:

  1. Core French: Designed to develop effective communication skills in French and an appreciation of Francophone cultures. The program is available for students from 5th to 12th grade.
  2. Intensive French: This program aims to provide students with mastery of French and an understanding of Francophone cultures within a relatively short period. Intensive French is generally offered to students in grades 6 to 7 in certain districts.
  3. French Immersion: This program is divided into two types – early immersion (entry in kindergarten or 1st grade) and late immersion (entry in 6th grade). The program aims to make students bilingual and promote an understanding and appreciation of Francophone cultures.
  4. Francophone Program: Offered by the Conseil Scolaire Francophone (CSF), this program provides education in a Francophone environment.

The eligibility varies depending on the specific program. Core French is available for students from 5th to 12th grade, while Intensive French is generally offered to students in grades 6 to 7 in certain districts. Early immersion starts in kindergarten or 1st grade, and late immersion starts in 6th grade.

To enroll children in the French schools of the Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique (CSF) in British Columbia, at least one parent must be a Canadian citizen with a strong affiliation to the French language. Families with temporary work permits may also be eligible, provided they are Francophone. For more information, please visit the CSF website.


Early French immersion allows students to start learning French in kindergarten or 1st grade, providing a longer duration to become bilingual and appreciate Francophone cultures. Late immersion begins in 6th grade, offering a more condensed period to achieve similar goals.

The Conseil scolaire francophone (CSF) is responsible for delivering the Francophone Program in British Columbia. This program provides education in French within a Francophone environment. It is available in certain schools across the province and serves as an excellent option for students seeking education entirely in French.

The availability can vary depending on the school district and region. Core French is more widely available, while Intensive French and Immersion programs are offered in specific districts.

The CSF Francophone Program is present in certain schools across the province.

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Availability may vary by school district and region. Core French is more widely available, while Intensive French and French Immersion programs might be offered in specific districts. The Francophone Program by CSF has schools throughout the province, making it more widely accessible for students interested in a French-language education.

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