To all prospective Concurrent Ed Students:

Today was Fall Campus Day at Glendon! A day of campus tours, mock lectures, information sessions, and (most importantly) free stuff. I hope you had a fantastic time getting to know our home. I spent my day at the Lion’s Den table and roaming around campus with my good friends Elodie and Richard; hopefully you had the chance to get a photo with our favourite mascot. 🙂

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I chatted with several of you who had questions about the Concurrent Education program at Glendon, so this post is dedicated to all of you in order to clarify some of your biggest questions/concerns/worries/dreams.

First of all, I’d like you to take a very big, deep, breath. Now let it out with a sigh. Feel better? Good. Do this at least once a day, because it’s important to remind yourself that you’ve got this.

Let’s start with the basics of the program, which are already conveniently written in a previous blog post of mine! Check it out here and once you’re finished, read on because I may answer some of your most pressing questions.

I’m in (insert high school French level here). I’m worried that I won’t be able to keep up in the Glendon B.Ed program or teach French at all!

This isn’t something that you should worry about. After all, you’re coming to Glendon to improve your French! I applied for the Direct Entry Glendon B.Ed in grade twelve and was accepted to the exact same program at the Keele Campus, because there was only a small handful of candidates accepted to Glendon’s program as it was in its beginning stages.
I came to Glendon with a French Immersion background, and as many of us can attest, that may not be saying much depending on who our high school French teachers were. I can confidently say that upon graduation, I will be 100% comfortable holding a fluent conversation in French as well as teaching French in a classroom. I took advantage of all opportunities to further immerse myself in the language: campus involvement, the Explore program, and an international exchange to Belgium in my fourth year. You should too!

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What’s the difference between the Keele B.Ed and the Glendon B.Ed?
The main difference: the Keele B.Ed program is taught in English and the Glendon B.Ed program is taught mostly in French.
Glendon B.Ed students are guaranteed placements in French Immersion classrooms. Keele B.Ed students with a French teachable are usually guaranteed at least one placement in a French classroom (Core or Immersion); the lucky ones get both of their teaching placements in a French classroom! As for me, I had my ED2 placement in an Extended Immersion classroom, and my current placement (ED3) is in a Special Education classroom, which is a phenomenal experience.

If I don’t get accepted into the direct-entry Glendon program but I get accepted at Keele, will I be able to switch to Glendon once my French has improved?
This is up for debate. Don’t tell anyone that I told you this, but I do know of some people who have been accepted for a switch from Keele to Glendon after their pre-Ed year (first year of undergrad). However, you may find yourself in my position, absolutely IN LOVE with the Keele Ed program and not want to switch over! I love being on both campuses.

But I won’t be able to teach French Immersion if I do a B.Ed at Keele!

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Dwight’s right, folks. You’ll have exactly the same qualifications coming out of your B.Ed regardless of which campus you complete it on!

What if I don’t get into Concurrent Education at all?
Provided that you’re passionate about this career path, apply again. The Ed program totals three years, so if you’re hoping to be graduated in five, you can apply to start in your second year or even your third year. However, applying for your third year means that you won’t have a stop-out year (to go on exchange, etc) unless you’re looking at taking a sixth year.
EDIT: As far as I’m aware, the Education program has been extended to two years if you’re in Consecutive and four years if you’re in Concurrent. That means that incoming Concurrent students will be in a six-year program.

Remember these application Pro-Tips:
 Read the directions on the supplementary application. Read them again. Read them again. And again.
– School involvement looks great, but classroom and community involvement looks even better! Beef up that CV!
– Your passion for the field should reflect in your personal statement. Recruiters look for candidates who shine through their applications; when they know, they know.

All info on the B.Ed program can be found here, including an FAQ section and application tips! I wish you all the best in your journey through the application process and I encourage you to either comment below or send me a message on Twitter with any questions or rants about the program and the process!

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How it all began

My Mum discovered Glendon when I was in grade ten. She put the handbook in front of me and said, “This is what you need to do; there is no doubt in my mind.” In grade ten, I hade made my decision. I was going to go to Glendon no matter what it took. I studied that handbook front to back and back to front and when it came time in grade eleven for a rep from Glendon to visit my French Immersion class, I was beside myself with excitement. I wish I could remember who it was that visited that day, because it was she who I credit for re-affirming all of my dreams. A list of things I had decided when I was a mere fifteen years old (because I’m a huge keener):

  • I was going to go to Glendon
  • I was going to study French
  • I was going to become a French teacher
  • I was going to study abroad during my degree
  • I was going to love all of the above

I have done or am still doing all of these things. WHAT. I wish for all students applying to post-secondary institutions to feel this way about their futures, but the path towards feeling this way is different for every single person! I feel so fortunate to have known so early on what I wanted to do and to have been able to stick to my dreams throughout my years at Glendon, but some of you who are reading this will change their path several times over the next few years. Please know that this is ok! It’s normal to question your previous decisions, and it’s normal to wonder if you would succeed in a different field. The important thing to remind yourself of is that your path, no matter how sharp its turns, is what shapes you as a person to be successful in the future as you face all kinds of insane endeavours. If you’re applying to universities this Fall, I hope that you are considering Glendon as a part of your path. We’re all experiencing our sharp turns together! — eAmbassador Juan wrote a really great post about why he switched programs in his third year. Read it here!

Fact: 95% of Glendon students can relate to this post

I have been taking French classes for sixteen years. SIX. TEEN. And now I’m writing this in total shock because I never really fathomed that it’s been that long.

I’d say my French has gotten pretty good. I mean, after sixteen years and all.

But I always have—and always will—struggle with and will never, EVER, no matter how much I practice be able to subconsciously choose between ‘tu’ and ‘vous’ in conversation.

Yes, duh, I know when to use ‘tu’ and when to use ‘vous’—it’s been sixteen years for goodness’ sake. But when I’m talking to a superior (9 times out of 10 it’s a prof) I take this weird, awkward pause before I have to make a final decision on whether or not to use ‘vous’. Then that awkward pause totally throws me off because in my head I’m all ‘Good grief, Gillian, get it together’ but in reality I’m all “Vo-tu…ous…?” after which my prof looks at me like I’m from the moon. That’s usually how it goes.

Moral of the story: USE ‘VOUS’ WHEN YOU SPEAK WITH A PROF. Just do it. Do it for the A. Or the B. It entirely depends on how you’re doing in the class.

This post was inspired by the LA Times, which published an article titled Brush up on your French with this Bastille Day flowchart online a few days ago in celebration of Bastille Day (le 14 juillet) in France. I find just about anything funny, so hopefully you find this just as hysterical as I did. Enjoy!

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Credit: William Alexander and the Los Angeles Times