School of Education - George Mason University

Curriculum and Instruction, MEd Concentration in ASTL: French

Speaking a foreign language improves the functionality of your brain by challenging it to recognize, negotiate meaning, and communicate in different language systems.

The French concentration provides advanced professional development and language study for practicing foreign language teachers. The 18 credits include a combination of modern language courses and targeted electives.

The ASTL concentrations are for teachers and other educators with one or more years of teaching or education-related experience who want to continue to grow professionally. The program offers advanced study in a specific concentration area, including Virginia's Standards of Learning content areas, cohort classes, an innovative schedule, and the use of technology. The courses, aligned with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, help teachers think and practice as board-certified teachers. The program develops teacher-leaders who practice reflection through action-research, problem-based learning, and self-inquiry, and teacher expertise in a concentration that will identify the teacher as a potential leader in that area.

Core Courses (12 credits)

Concentration Courses in French (18 credits)

Literature*

Choose two courses (six credits) from the following that cover two different chronological periods or Francophone regions in consultation with an advisor:

Note: * Courses may be substituted with advisor-approved literature-related electives in French.

Language and Linguistics

Choose two courses (six credits) from the following in consultation with an advisor:

Electives (6 credits)

Choose two additional courses (six credits) from the aforementioned literature courses, aforementioned language and linguistics courses, or from the courses below in consultation with an advisor

Note: ** Courses may be substituted with advisor-approved language and literature-related electives.

Total: 30 credits

Program Exit Requirement

Professional Development Portfolio: A performance-based document that provides concrete evidence of teacher professional development throughout the ASTL program.

ASTL Foreign Language French Concentration Form (pdf)