French Teacher Hiring Process

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At the York Region District School Board, French as a Second Language continues to be a high area of growth and we are constantly seeking passionate French teachers to work at our Board in both our elementary and secondary schools.

At the York Region District School Board:

  • French as a Second Language continues to be a high area of growth and we are constantly seeking passionate French teachers to work at our Board in both our elementary and secondary schools. 

  • We inspire learning and create safe, healthy, inclusive and engaging learning and working environments to support student achievement and well-being.

  • We are committed to hiring practices which reflect and support the diverse perspectives, experiences and needs of our students and our communities.

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Overview of the French Teacher Hiring Process

The centralized French Hiring Process is for both French Immersion and French Core opportunities. This could include Occasional Teacher (OT), and/or Long Term Occasional (LTO), and/or Contract/Permanent.

The YRDSB French Language Assessment (FLA) is required for all candidates who would like to teach at York Region District School Board.  The FLA is used to evaluate both the productive and receptive skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. 

  • The assessment will determine if candidates have the language skills appropriate for the Board’s French program. 

  • Should you be hired into a Long Term Occasional (LTO) assignment and/or Contract/Permanent position with the Board, in addition to completing the YRDSB FLA, candidates are encouraged to enroll or have completed their French as a Second Language (FSL), or equivalent, based on OCT qualifications to be hired for French positions with YRDSB.

The YRDSB FLA consists of the following:

  1. Listening Comprehension – The language assessor reads aloud a few sentences while the candidates are expected to transcribe them, demonstrating overall comprehension by using proper use of grammar, punctuation etc. 

  2. Oral Expression – Candidates are expected to engage in spontaneous conversation on a variety of topics that will be presented by the Assessor.

  3. Written Expression – Candidates are required to complete a written submission on a topic of general interest and a short multiple choice quiz that covers some foundational rules of French grammar.  

  4. Reading Comprehension – Candidates will be given a short reading text with Multiple Choice Questions.

Note: The FLA will take approximately one (1) hour to complete.

In preparation for the FLA, we encourage all candidates to review grammar rules, construction of sentences and vocabulary.  Please refer to the YRDSB French Resources page for additional information.

  • English Written Practicum (20 minutes): This practicum will consist of a question(s) related to the position you are applying for and require you to complete a short written submission.  The written component will be used to assess your English language skills and teaching practice. 

  • Interview (40 minutes): The interviews are conducted in English.  The interview will consist of a series of questions and will be facilitated by two (2) members of the hiring committee. Candidates are not permitted to refer to any notes during the practicum or interview (i.e. study notes, etc.), but can make notes during the interview.  These notes will be collected at the end of the hiring process. 

  • Three (3) Professional References that are supervisory teaching references (including full name, position title, work location/organization, and email address) in the job posting screening section of the online application. One of these references should include your most current/recent supervisory teaching reference. The references you provide should reflect employment and volunteer experiences on your resume. We cannot accept references from a coworker, family member and/or friend. Note: References will not be contacted before the interview.  

Examples of referees could include the following:

  • Principal/Vice-Principal that has supervised you and can speak to your teaching practice in the panel to which you are applying; and/or,

  • Faculty Advisor/Coordinator or Practicum Advisor that has observed and evaluated your teaching practice in a classroom setting; and/or,

  • Host/Mentor Teacher that has supervised you and can speak to your teaching practice in an elementary/secondary setting; and/or,

  • Professional reference who can speak to your teaching practice.

​​Additional information will be provided to candidates moving forward, including training information, required documentation (e.g. Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC) or Enhanced Police Information Check (EPIC), satisfactory to the Board, etc.).

We offer online sessions on a regular basis to answer questions candidates may have about the hiring process. We encourage candidates to familiarize themselves with the sections on this web page entitled “How to Apply” and "Overview of the French Hiring Process".

  • Online Application Process

  • French Language Assessment

  • The Interview and Selection of French Candidates

  • Professional Learning and Resources


YRDSB French Language Assessment (FLA) Overview


Video: French Language Assessment (FLA) Overview


YRDSB French Language Assessment (FLA) Testimonials


Video Testimonial #1 - Preparation: How did you prepare for the YRDSB FLA?
Video Testimonial #2 - Overall Experience: What was your overall experience and learning when completing the YRDSB FLA?
Video Testimonial #3 - Reflection: What advice would you give someone who is going to do the YRDSB FLA?

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