Decide Already! Yes or No? France or Quebec?

Je n’arrive pas à décider si je veux faire un deuxième Master. J’ai obtenu mon Master en linguistique et enseignement de l’anglais langue étrangère aux Etats-Unis en 2007, ce qui m’a permis de trouver du travail en France (comme assistante et lectrice). Pourtant, je ne suis pas sûre de vouloir enseigner l’anglais à l’avenir. J’aimerais bien enseigner le français aux anglophones, mais il me faut un autre diplôme pour le faire. En plus, il vaut mieux habiter dans un pays anglophone si je veux enseigner aux anglophones…

L’université où je travaille offre un Master avec une spécialité français langue étrangère et je pourrais commencer le programme l’année prochaine pendant ma deuxième (et dernière) année comme lectrice. [Même si je m'inquiète un peu de mon niveau en français écrit parce que je n'écris jamais en français ces jours...] Et si on s’installe au Québec, il y a peu de possibilité qu’on m’embauche comme prof de français quand il y a des francophones natifs partout. Mais si jamais un jour je voulais faire mon doctorat en français, j’aurais obtenu un Master français dans une université française (qui serait mieux qu’un Master en anglais.)

D’abord, la question est de le faire ou non… et si je décide de le faire… en France ou au Canada ? C’est moins cher en France, c’est sûr; mais je préfère les universités nord-américaines et surtout l’importance donnée au français canadien. L’université de Québec à Montréal offre un programme court en 2ème cycle (c’est quoi ?) et un DESS en enseignement du français, ainsi qu’une maîtrise en linguistique, mention didactique des langues.

Cependant, je me demande si j’essaie de me convaincre de retourner à l’université parce que ça fait 2 ans que je n’y suis pas. Après 6 ans d’études, le fait de n’être plus étudiante m’attriste. J’avais toujours des cours à suivre, des copies à rédiger, des examens à preparer… Maintenant, je ne fais que mon travail et je trouve le temps libre un peu bizarre.

Et je trouve que je suis devenue trop feignante ces dernières années en France. Je lis de temps en temps au lieu de tous les jours et je n’étudie pas assez du tout les langues ou la linguistique.  Je veux retrouver ce sentiment de passion pour l’apprentissage. Mais comment faire pour augmenter ma motivation ? Et même si je décide de faire un Master en France, j’ai peur de devenir trop stressée avec l’enseignement qui aura lieu en langue française. Comment faire pour écrire un mémoire de je ne sais même pas combien de pages avec mon vocabulaire limité ? J’ai peur de ne pas réussir.

En revanche, si je réussis à faire mon Master ici en France, je pourrais commencer avec mon doctorat au Canada. il sera plus évident de trouver un vrai travail et un vrai salaire, ce qui est le but des études universitaires, n’est-ce pas ?

En France, le DEA (pour ceux qui voulaient continuer à faire de la recherche) et le DESS (pour ceux qui voulaient travailler tout de suite) que l’on pourrait obtenir après la maîtrise auparavant ont été remplacés par le Master il y a peu de temps. Par contre, le DESS au Québec existe toujours et il est au-dessous de la maîtrise. (Je crois que les Quebecois disent toujours maîtrise pour l’équivalent de Master aux Etats-Unis.)

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  • Myles Freborg

    You have an admirably profound fondness for (and an abounding capacity to learn about) the French language.

    Just a few rhetorical questions…

    Where would graduate school be the most fulfilling, enjoyable experience in personal and intellectual enrichment? Which would be the best to prepare you to be a professor in an Anglophone setting?

    Getting a Masters/PhD in French is your life’s work; where have you always envisioned carrying this out?

    Realize your dreams. Believe in yourself.

    Best of luck. ¡Ud. puede!

  • Myles Freborg

    You have an admirably profound fondness for (and an abounding capacity to learn about) the French language.

    Just a few rhetorical questions…

    Where would graduate school be the most fulfilling, enjoyable experience in personal and intellectual enrichment? Which would be the best to prepare you to be a professor in an Anglophone setting?

    Getting a Masters/PhD in French is your life’s work; where have you always envisioned carrying this out?

    Realize your dreams. Believe in yourself.

    Best of luck. ¡Ud. puede!

  • http://toutesdirectionspourlafrance.blogspot.com/ L

    I was going to explain the 2eme cycle…but now I’m not so sure. As far as I understand, the idea is that the 1er cycle is the Licence or Bachelors. The 2eme cycle is Master 1 and 3eme cycle Master 2 (as according to Studyrama “Comment choisir un Master 2/3eme cycle?”). It seems weird to give just one year a cycle, but I think it comes from the differences between the pre-reform days and the LMD reform present. I think the Deug used to be 1er, then Licence and Maitrise 2eme, and DEA/DESS cycle 3. People in France still call their Master 1 a Maîtrise (at least my classmates have on their CVs). I would definitely recommend doing a 3 eme cycle/ Master 2 in France and not a Master 1 for you since you already have an American Masters. What the French kind of screwed up with the reform though was that instead of admitting people to a two year program starting in Master 1 with an application and everything, they let everyone who wants to do a Master 1 but Master 2 is by application. In the end this works out better for Americans though since we can slide right into the second year!

    And don’t worry about hitting the books again. I think the biggest change for me was not going to class again and taking notes and all that, but rather being surrounded with students who didn’t take a break and haven’t had any significant experiences except as a student.

    If you can, try to get in contact with some students who are doing the Masters program this year in Annecy you’re interested in. Ask them what they think. The secretariat probably won’t be able to put you in touch with anyone, but the bulletin board for the program probably has the class schedule and you can hang out at the door towards the end of a class. Maybe the university in Montreal can put you in touch with a current or former student. I know with my classmates we talk about what we thought the Masters was going to be like and which classes we think are helpful and which are not.

    Okay, I think my comment is long enough.

    Ls last blog post..French University

  • http://toutesdirectionspourlafrance.blogspot.com L

    I was going to explain the 2eme cycle…but now I’m not so sure. As far as I understand, the idea is that the 1er cycle is the Licence or Bachelors. The 2eme cycle is Master 1 and 3eme cycle Master 2 (as according to Studyrama “Comment choisir un Master 2/3eme cycle?”). It seems weird to give just one year a cycle, but I think it comes from the differences between the pre-reform days and the LMD reform present. I think the Deug used to be 1er, then Licence and Maitrise 2eme, and DEA/DESS cycle 3. People in France still call their Master 1 a Maîtrise (at least my classmates have on their CVs). I would definitely recommend doing a 3 eme cycle/ Master 2 in France and not a Master 1 for you since you already have an American Masters. What the French kind of screwed up with the reform though was that instead of admitting people to a two year program starting in Master 1 with an application and everything, they let everyone who wants to do a Master 1 but Master 2 is by application. In the end this works out better for Americans though since we can slide right into the second year!

    And don’t worry about hitting the books again. I think the biggest change for me was not going to class again and taking notes and all that, but rather being surrounded with students who didn’t take a break and haven’t had any significant experiences except as a student.

    If you can, try to get in contact with some students who are doing the Masters program this year in Annecy you’re interested in. Ask them what they think. The secretariat probably won’t be able to put you in touch with anyone, but the bulletin board for the program probably has the class schedule and you can hang out at the door towards the end of a class. Maybe the university in Montreal can put you in touch with a current or former student. I know with my classmates we talk about what we thought the Masters was going to be like and which classes we think are helpful and which are not.

    Okay, I think my comment is long enough.

    Ls last blog post..French University

  • http://french-state-of-mind.blogspot.com/ Monique

    First off, I know American master’s degrees aren’t always recognized in France. So is this true for ones obtained in Canada?

    But on the other hand, French degrees convert easily in the U.S. I’m not really sure why that is, but I know many people who’ve had problems the other way around.

    As for the Sony Reader: I love it!!! Personally, I’ve liked it better than the Kindle since this summer (if you purchase a Sony Reader before March, they give you 100 free downloads!) And actually, a friend tried to order the Kindle since (get ready for this) it was featured on Oprah’s favorite things this holiday season, and apparently it’s now every woman’s favorite, because it’s on backorder for a few months. Maybe that’ll make the decision for you :) And yeah, as long as you have PDFs they’re on the Sony.

    Bonne chances avec toutes tes decisions!! Et Bonne annee :)

    Moniques last blog post..Things to look forward to in the New Year

  • http://french-state-of-mind.blogspot.com Monique

    First off, I know American master’s degrees aren’t always recognized in France. So is this true for ones obtained in Canada?

    But on the other hand, French degrees convert easily in the U.S. I’m not really sure why that is, but I know many people who’ve had problems the other way around.

    As for the Sony Reader: I love it!!! Personally, I’ve liked it better than the Kindle since this summer (if you purchase a Sony Reader before March, they give you 100 free downloads!) And actually, a friend tried to order the Kindle since (get ready for this) it was featured on Oprah’s favorite things this holiday season, and apparently it’s now every woman’s favorite, because it’s on backorder for a few months. Maybe that’ll make the decision for you :) And yeah, as long as you have PDFs they’re on the Sony.

    Bonne chances avec toutes tes decisions!! Et Bonne annee :)

    Moniques last blog post..Things to look forward to in the New Year

  • http://oneikathetraveller.blogspot.com/ Oneika

    Hello! Canadian girl here!

    Quick question: what would you want to do your doctorate in once you are in Canada? Are there any doctorate programs in FLE? I didn’t think so, but perhaps I am not aware?

    I ask that because I have a number of friends who are doing their doctorate in French. However, the doctorate programs that they are doing here in Canada are either Ph.D programs in French literature, or, alternatively, Ph.D programs in French linguistics… Just make sure that you doing a Master in FLE will permit you to do a Ph.D in French lit/French linguistics in Canada (if that is indeed your intention).

  • http://oneikathetraveller.blogspot.com Oneika

    Hello! Canadian girl here!

    Quick question: what would you want to do your doctorate in once you are in Canada? Are there any doctorate programs in FLE? I didn’t think so, but perhaps I am not aware?

    I ask that because I have a number of friends who are doing their doctorate in French. However, the doctorate programs that they are doing here in Canada are either Ph.D programs in French literature, or, alternatively, Ph.D programs in French linguistics… Just make sure that you doing a Master in FLE will permit you to do a Ph.D in French lit/French linguistics in Canada (if that is indeed your intention).

  • http://www.ielanguages.com Jennie Wagner

    I’d like to do a doctorate in French Linguistics, with an emphasis on pedagogy. I’m definitely not a literature person…

    I’ll probably do the linguistique et didactique des langues track here in France, even though I’ve already done a Master’s in Linguistics. I would like to teach French at the university level, which means I need to at least be doing a PhD. And I’ll need a research paper in French to include with my application, so the mémoire I write for my Master here should suffice. I hope!

  • http://www.ielanguages.com Jennie

    I’d like to do a doctorate in French Linguistics, with an emphasis on pedagogy. I’m definitely not a literature person…

    I’ll probably do the linguistique et didactique des langues track here in France, even though I’ve already done a Master’s in Linguistics. I would like to teach French at the university level, which means I need to at least be doing a PhD. And I’ll need a research paper in French to include with my application, so the mémoire I write for my Master here should suffice. I hope!

  • Random

    It's UNE maitrîse, not `un Master`.

  • http://www.ielanguages.com Jennie Wagner

    No, it's definitely un master in France. Une maîtrise n'existe plus ici !

Why is Jennie no longer in France?

I created this blog in September 2006 when I moved to France from Michigan to teach English. Many of the earlier posts are about my personal life in France, dealing with culture shock, traveling in Europe and becoming fluent in French. In July 2011, I relocated to Australia to start my PhD in Applied Linguistics. Although I am no longer living in France, my research is on foreign language pedagogy and I teach French at a university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling and being an American abroad.

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