- 01. What Degrees are Required to Work in Translation or Education?
- 02. What If I Don't Have a Degree?
- 03. What is the Fastest Way to Learn French Vocabulary for Work?
- 04. Which Online French Courses are Best for French Speakers?
- 05. Can I Make Extra Money as a Tutor in French?
- 06. How do I Advertise my French Lessons?
Multiilingual speakers of French and English have often spent years learning and communicating in both languages. In many cases, they have attended immersion programs, French schools, or even lived in different countries with their families. As a result bilingual or multilingual speakers of French have a unique skill set they can use in their careers.
Multilingualism is a major asset both professionally and personally. People that speak multiple languages have it much easier when travelling and can immerse themselves in different cultures where they know the language and connect with others easily. Speaking and learning another language also supports cognitive development, keeping the mind sharp. As you pursue your career, you will have a skill set that stands out from the others.
Should you happen to be multilingual with French, you may already be considering working in areas where you can share your knowledge or use to to carry out the work of translation. Building a career with your skills as a translator or educator is an excellent place to start a career or acquire valuable experience you can use in whatever career you choose to follow.
Bilingual French and English speakers are well-positioned to embark in careers in translation and education. Do you have the experience and background it takes?
What Degrees are Required to Work in Translation or Education?
There are multiple degrees that you may need to work in the areas of French translation or education. The first degree you should have as your base is an undergraduate degree in an area like French, linguistics, or translation, or a combination of all three. You can generally find French programs in nearly any university in Canada, where you will study literature and language in French. Another great way to build your base as a French translator or educator is to attend a French university, where you can learn any subject of your choosing in French. If you are not a native French speaker that has attended French secondary school, you may find that you have to take a proficiency exam to gain entry, such as the DELF.
Once you have an undergraduate degree in a French related subject there are additional courses and programs you must take to become certified in each respective field.
Translation certification is developed by the province in which you live or want to work, so if becoming a translator is a career goal for you it is important to meet with your provincial organization to ensure you have what it requires to pass a certification exam. To prepare for the exam and the demands of the job, you will want to take a program in translation and interpretation after your undergraduate degree at a college, university, continuing education school, or a private institution. MCIS (Multicultural Interpretation Services) is one organization that offers translation courses for a fee.
To become a certified teacher, you will also need to consult your provincial organization for educators. To teach in a public elementary or secondary school, a bachelor of education degree is typically required in addition to an undergraduate degree. These programs typically last from 1-2 years, and you can then apply for your certification from your province's college of teachers.
Are you bilingual in English and French, or French and another language? Find out everything you need to know about becoming a French translator or educator in Canada.
What If I Don't Have a Degree?
If you do not have a university degree or plans to obtain one and want to work in the fields of translation or education, there are still options you can pursue in your career. First and foremost, you will want to determine your level of proficiency in the languages you speak beyond speaking and listening. You will need to gauge your writing and reading skills to see what types of translation would be appropriate for you or what level of instruction you can offer students.
Should you happen to have strong proficiency in French and English, you may find you can meet the requirements to be a translator in your province. Alternatively, you can get French certification such as the DELF to demonstrate to employers that you have the language skills to work in French and English.
As a teacher, you can work in some private schools, after school programs or camps without a teaching degree. You can also work as a tutor - a topic we will delve into later in the article!
What is the Fastest Way to Learn French Vocabulary for Work?
If you want to use your French to work in an area you are relatively unfamiliar with, like healthcare or law, you may feel like a fish out of water. Luckily, there are plenty of ways you can beef up your French vocabulary so you can be successful in any given field. Mainly, it will involve acquiring a specialist vocabulary for the industry you are in.
In many cases, simply being on the job will provide valuable experiential learning that will accelerate your acquisition of new vocabulary. To accelerate learning, you may want to consider independent study with a tutor or private instruction. With a private instructor, you can request a curriculum that is tailored to your learning goals as a professional. A tutor is great if you benefit from having someone to structure your learning and hold you accountable for your studies.
To find a private instructor, simply head to the Superprof Canada website. You will find advanced French tutors with diverse professional backgrounds that can help you acquire the vocabulary you need to be successful in your work. They can collaborate with you to create a program that works, whether it its through verbal practice, quizzes, or traditional lessons.
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Which Online French Courses are Best for French Speakers?
Those that prefer course-based instruction can also find plenty of options online. As an advanced French speaker, you may find that you need to be a bit more creative in your approach as most French classes are designed for beginner or intermediate speakers. Check schools like the Alliance Francaise, Quebec-based schools that will offer courses in different subjects entirely in French, or massive open online courses from French universities or colleges.
Can I Make Extra Money as a Tutor in French?
As we mentioned earlier, you can certainly work as a French tutor with or without a French degree. If you are a near native or fluent speaker of French, you will find that tutoring beginner or intermediate students to be relatively easy and a quick way to supplement your income.
What are the guidelines and requirements for translators and interpreters in Canada? Find out how to become a certified translator in your province.
Teaching French for Beginners
Many French learners are in the beginner stages: they may want to learn French for their own interests, of have families that are eager to ensure that their child is proficient in both of Canada's official language. The content or curriculum for a beginner course will likely be grounded in the basics. Topics include:
- names of everyday objects
- present and past tense verb conjugations
- commonly used irregular verbs
- ordering in a restaurant
- practical situations
How do I Plan an Effective French Class?
Planning your French classes is important if you want to keep your students engaged and interested in learning. You will of course need to get to know your students, their learning strengths, interests, and needs. You can then tailor your curriculum to be engaging and interesting to them, whether it is through using music and songs or offering opportunities for them to practice in the context of topics they love.
Typically, French classes may start with a warm-up or 'minds-on' activity which will get students excited and thinking in a low risk environment. This might be a game, or a photo prompt. Next, you will want to focus on guided instruction on the theme or topic of the day, and provide an opportunity for interaction and practice. Finally, you will want to consolidate learning with an activity such as an exit slip or a final task where students apply their learning one last time.
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How do I Advertise my French Lessons?
Advertising your French lessons is easy with Superprof Canada. You can set up a profile as a teacher or tutor by creating an account. Be sure to include a current and well-lit profile picture, a succinct summary of your skills, qualifications, and approach to teaching, a description of your approach to teaching, and how much you charge for your services.
The Supeprof site does all the hard work of marketing your services to a broad audience of learners who will be exploring the site to find the best tutors for their needs. The site is designed to provide you with the best exposure to anyone on the market looking for a tutor, and is the perfect way to start building your tutoring business.
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