During the programme

You learn what it is to be a teacher and how to teach French language and culture to young people, with a work placement at a training school from year one.

Teacher and students in the classroom

What will you do?

Our Part-Time Teacher Education in French programme covers five disciplines:

  • The French language: Literature, grammar, linguistics and the French-speaking world
  • Methodology: acquiring a second language
  • Research: practice-based research at a school
  • Profession: pedagogics, child development, developmental psychology
  • Internship/work placement

During the time you'll spend in France you will put your language skills further into practice.


Programme content

Many of your classes will be taught in French, so your fluency and understanding of the language will increase quickly. From early on you'll know what it's like to be a teacher, as you will be in front of a classroom from November onwards! During an excursion to France you will be able to use your newly-improved language skills.

Courses year 1

By now, you've found out what kind of teacher you want to be and which school type suits you. You teach one day a week and study teaching methodology. By the end of year 2, you choose at which Dutch school type you want to teach.

From year 3, you spend two days a week in front of the classroom. You learn about language learning in practice and how you can help your students master the French language.

Your final year focuses on completing your degree. About half of your time is spent doing an internship at a Dutch secondary school, where you teach your own classes and undertake a research project for the school, supported by us and your school supervisor. The other semester is free for you to fill in, for instance by doing a minor.

Teacher and students in the classroom

Contact year 1

16
Hours a week (average)

Contact year 2 & onwards

12
Hours a week
  • 40%Individual work
  • 60%Groupwork

Selfstudy year 1

24
Hours a week

Selfstudy year 2 & onwards

28
Hours a week
  • 40%Practice
  • 60%Theory

More information

Talented and ambitious students can opt for a five-year course that leads to a double Bachelor’s degree: one in French and one in another language. You will have an additional workload of around eight to ten hours a week.

At the end of your second year you will receive a binding recommendation on whether or not you may continue your studies with us. To continue your course, you need to have earned at least 50 ECTS of the Propedeuse (exempt credits do not count). If you fail to do so, you will be asked to leave the programme.

Are you ambitious? Do you want more from your degree? You can follow our Honours programme alongside your regular coursework. Once you have completed your coursework and a final graduation project, you will be awarded the Honours Certificate.

As our Part-Time Teacher Education in French programme trains you to become a teacher, internships at Dutch schools and teaching practice are a key part of the programme from day one.

You will work in learning teams: small groups of students who learn together to build their knowledge and skills collectively and individually. A learning team consists of five to seven students, guided by a professional development coach and lecturers.

During HU's Teacher Education in French part-time programme you will encounter the following teaching methods:

  • Lecture
  • Tutorials
  • Project groups
  • Internship
  • Simulation
  • Skills training
  • Consultation and discussions

Courses conclude with exams, tests, assignments, essays or portfolios. Exams may also be broken down into partial exams (or partial tests). Exams are held at the end of each term and are posted on the examination timetable.

From day one, you are allocated a personal study career coach (SCC), who supports you during your time with us. Your SCC helps you with all study-related issues, from time management to study methods and career planning.

Why choose HU?

  • You are taught in French

    Having your classes in French means you are immersed in the language from the start, allowing you to become fluent and confident quickly.

  • Double degree

    It is possible to obtain a double degree, making you qualified to teach two languages and boosting your prospects of finding a teaching position.

  • Teaching practice is at the heart of the programme

    Since HU places a strong emphasis on practice, you will be able to use what you've learnt straight away.

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