DAEFLE

David went to Lyon today to take an Alliance Française test. He’s hoping to get the DIPLOME D’APTITUDE A L’ENSEIGNEMENT DU FRANÇAIS LANGUE ETRANGERE (DAEFLE) so he can teach French in Canada. First, the candidate must pass a written exam to determine their command of French. We were thinking it would be a grammar test, but actually it’s just two essays that seem to have nothing to do with teaching French as a Foreign Language. (sample test) Then, there are 6 modules that you are supposed to do over the course of 2-3 years. However, David is doing the accelerated course so he can finish within one year. Lucky for him, they’re mostly linguistics modules, so I will be studying them as well so that I can learn the French vocabulary for all of the English linguistics terms still stored in my head.

We are moving out of our apartment tomorrow night, and then I go to Cairo on Friday to visit a friend. We move into our new apartment on June 10, but I don’t think our internet will be set up by then. We still don’t even know for sure if we are in a zone dégroupée, so there’s a possibility that we won’t have the “cable” TV channels.

I hope to completely finish my thesis by the middle of June. Then one of these days I’ll get back to working on my website…

  • Samantha

    “We were thinking it would be a grammar test, but actually it’s just two essays that seem to have nothing to do with teaching French as a Foreign Language.”

    Ha! That says it all right there! And actually it also sums up pretty well what the students at the IUFM spend their two years of “teachers” training doing…ie. nothing actually related to teaching, LOL.

  • Samantha

    “We were thinking it would be a grammar test, but actually it’s just two essays that seem to have nothing to do with teaching French as a Foreign Language.”Ha! That says it all right there! And actually it also sums up pretty well what the students at the IUFM spend their two years of “teachers” training doing…ie. nothing actually related to teaching, LOL.

  • DestinationMetz

    Is he thinking of going to Canada?

    Have a ball in Cairo!

  • DestinationMetz

    Is he thinking of going to Canada? Have a ball in Cairo!

  • Jennie

    Yeah, I’ve noticed France is all “theory” and no “practice” and it drives me crazy!

    Rochelle, we both want to immigrate to Quebec late next year. I used to study there, so I know I want to live there. David has never been, but he’s always wanted to go. Plus he wants to get out of France… the same way I wanted to get out of the US.

  • Jennie

    Yeah, I’ve noticed France is all “theory” and no “practice” and it drives me crazy!Rochelle, we both want to immigrate to Quebec late next year. I used to study there, so I know I want to live there. David has never been, but he’s always wanted to go. Plus he wants to get out of France… the same way I wanted to get out of the US.