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MSU Teacher Education Unit (TEU)

B.S.Ed. with a major in Foreign Language ≠ French

BSE in French requires 128 hours minimum
*Credits are semester hours

Foreign Language - French

North Dakota State Standards 8.12 (Foreign Language - French)

8.12.1 The program requires study designed to develop skill in the use of the target language, including: (a) understanding the language as spoken; (b) speaking the language with sufficient command of vocabulary, phonology, and syntax to carry on conversations; (c) reading the language with comprehension; and (d) writing the language. The program uses a variety of performance assessments of candidatesí understanding and ability to apply that knowledge.

ND Standard 8.12.1 is aligned with NCATE Standard 1: Language, Linguistics, Comparisons. Standard 1.a. Demonstrating Language Proficiency. Candidates demonstrate a high level of proficiency in the target language, and they seek opportunities to strengthen their proficiency.
Standard 1.b. Understanding Linguistics. Candidates know the linguistic elements of the target language system, recognize the changing nature of language, and accommodate for gaps in their own knowledge of the target language system by learning on their own.
Standard 1.c. Identifying Language Comparisons. Candidates know the similarities and differences between the target language and other languages, identify the key differences in varieties of the target language, and seek opportunities to learn about varieties of the target language on their own.

The following courses provide instruction in these fields:
* FREN 201 - Intermediate French I (4)
* FREN 202 - Intermediate French II (4)
* FREN 301 - French Conversation and Composition (3)
* FREN 302 - Introduction to French Literature (3)
* FREN 303 - French Culture (3)

Examples of performance assessments may include how to:
* Understand French spoken by native speakers or guest native speakers in live talk in the classroom or language recorded as video or audio from native speakers.
* Write tests and essays in French
* Express thoughts orally in French in class and through small groups, and through presentations to the class.
* Read and comprehend excerpts of French texts found in magazines, on the Internet, or in other printed forms.

8.12.2 The program requires study designed to develop skill in language analysis, including: (a) analyzing the phonology, morphology, and syntax of the language and clarifying the differences and similarities between the language and English: and (b) using the knowledge derived from applied linguistics in studying the language. The program uses a variety of performance assessments of candidatesí understanding and ability to apply that knowledge.

ND Standard 8.12.2 is aligned with NCATE Standard 1: Language, Linguistics, Comparisons. Standard 1.a. Demonstrating Language Proficiency. Candidates demonstrate a high level of proficiency in the target language, and they seek opportunities to strengthen their proficiency.
Standard 1.b. Understanding Linguistics. Candidates know the linguistic elements of the target language system, recognize the changing nature of language, and accommodate for gaps in their own knowledge of the target language system by learning on their own.
Standard 1.c. Identifying Language Comparisons. Candidates know the similarities and differences between the target language and other languages, identify the key differences in varieties of the target language, and seek opportunities to learn about varieties of the target language on their own.

The following courses provide instruction in these fields:
FREN 201 - Intermediate French I (4)
FREN 202 - Intermediate French II (4)
FREN 300 - French Phonetics (2),
FREN 301 - French Conversation and Composition (3)

Examples of performance assessments may include how to:
* Distinguish the forms and structure of the language through reading French.
* Take tests and complete questionnaires to measure the degree of material learned.
* Answer questions in a constructive manner about material read in class.
* Pose questions to peers and instructor to clarify and further understand phonology, syntax and differences with the studentsí native tongue.
* Demonstrate through class presentations and on exams the knowledge of applied linguistics of the French language.

8.12.2 The program requires study designed to provide knowledge of the target culture, including: (a) classifying the principal ways in which the culture resembles and differs from that of the United States; (b) understanding geography, history, social customs, literature, art, and music, and their roles in the contemporary civilization of the culture; and (c) displaying knowledge of representative literary masterpieces. The program uses a variety of performance assessments of candidatesí understanding and ability to apply that knowledge.

ND Standard 8.12.3 is aligned with NCATE Standard 2: Cultures, Literatures, Cross-Disciplinary Concepts
Standard 2.a. Demonstrating Cultural Understandings. Candidates demonstrate that they understand the connections among the perspectives of a culture and its practices and products, and they integrate the cultural framework for foreign language standards into their instructional practices.
Standard 2.b. Demonstrating Understanding of Literary and Cultural Texts and Traditions. Candidates recognize the value and role of literary and cultural texts and use them to interpret and reflect upon the perspectives of the target cultures over time.
Standard 2.c. Integrating Other Disciplines In Instruction. Candidates integrate knowledge of other disciplines into foreign language instruction and identify distinctive viewpoints accessible only through the target language.

The following courses provide instruction in these fields:
FREN 201 - Intermediate French I (4)
FREN 201 - Intermediate French II (4)
FREN 301 - French Conversation and Composition (3)
FREN 302 - Introduction to French Literature (3)
FREN 303 - French Culture (3)
FREN 401 - Advanced Topics in French (3)
FREN 402 - Genres or Periods in French Literature (3)
FREN 450 - Senior Capstone Project in French (3)

Examples of performance assessments may include how to:
* Demonstrate knowledge of French culture on tests and quizzes, in oral presentations, and on essays written on the history, geography, and climate of this country.
* Demonstrate knowledge of French culture on tests and quizzes, in oral presentations, and on essays written about the literary works of art produced by the most brilliant writers across periods of the literature.

8.12.3 The program requires studying methods of teaching foreign language including current trends in foreign language with an examination of a variety of teaching methods and techniques. The program uses a variety of performance assessments of candidatesí understanding and ability to apply that knowledge.

ND Standard 8.12.4 is aligned with NCATE Standard 3: Language Acquisition Theories and Instructional Practices.
Standard 3.a. Understanding Language Acquisition and Creating a Supportive Classroom. Candidates demonstrate an understanding of language acquisition at various developmental levels and use this knowledge to create a supportive classroom learning environment that includes target language input and opportunities for negotiation of meaning and meaningful interaction.
Standard 3.b. Developing Instructional Practices That Reflect Language Outcomes and Learner Diversity.Candidates develop a variety of instructional practices that reflect language outcomes and articulated program models and address the needs of diverse language learners.

The following course provides instruction in these fields:
LANG 390 - Foreign Language Methods (3)

Examples of performance assessments may include how to:
* Demonstrate the ability to apply general pedagogical knowledge (obtained in required education courses) to the foreign language classroom.
* Demonstrate knowledge of specific techniques for teaching the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking.).
* Demonstrate familiarity with opportunities for extra-curricular learning, awareness of sources for teaching materials, strategies for connecting with already established professionals practicing in our state, and opportunities for continuing education.
* Demonstrate an ability to describe sentence structure using applicable grammatical terminology

8.12.4 The program requires the study of current, appropriate instructional technologies. The program uses varied performance assessments of candidatesí understanding and abilities to apply that knowledge.

The following course provides instruction in these fields:
LANG 390 - Foreign Language Methods (3)
ED 380 - Technology in Teaching (2)

ND Standard 8.12.45 is aligned with the following NCATE Standards:
Standard 4.a. Understanding and Integrating Standards In Planning. Candidates demonstrate an understanding of the goal areas and standards of the Standards for Foreign Language Learning and their state standards, and they integrate these frameworks into curricular planning.
Standard 4.b. Integrating Standards in Instruction. Candidates integrate the Standards for Foreign Language Learning and their state standards into language instruction. Standard 4.c. Selecting and Designing Instructional Materials. Candidates use standards and curricular goals to evaluate, select, design, and adapt instructional resources.
STANDARD 5: Assessment Of Languages and Cultures
Standard 5.a. Knowing assessment models and using them appropriately.
Candidates believe that assessment is ongoing, and they demonstrate knowledge of multiple ways of assessment that are age- and level-appropriate by implementing purposeful measures.
Standard 5.b. Reflecting on assessment. Candidates reflect on the results of student assessments, adjust instruction accordingly, analyze the results of assessments, and use success and failure to determine the direction of instruction.
Standard 5.c. Reporting assessment results. Candidates interpret and report the results of student performances to all stakeholders and provide opportunity for discussion.
STANDARD 6: Professionalism
Standard 6.a. Engaging in Professional Development.
Candidates engage in professional development opportunities that strengthen their own linguistic and cultural competence and promote reflection on practice.
Standard 6.b. Knowing the Value of Foreign Language Learning. Candidates know the value of foreign language learning to the overall success of all students and understand that they will need to become advocates with students, colleagues, and members of the community to promote the field.