36th Congress of the Indian Association of Teachers of French
The Indian Association of Teachers of French is organising its 36th National Congress and its 3rd International Congress for Teachers of French from 4 to 6 November 2016 at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai on the theme « Learning French : Choices for tomorrow ». This congress will be held in partnership with the French Embassy in India, the Institut Français in India, the network of Alliances Françaises in India and several academic organisations.
The Indian Association of Teachers of French (IATF) was founded in 1953 by a few professors of French in Mumbai. The first President was the Rev. Fr. Joseph Duhr, sj, a Luxembourger who was the Rector of the prestigious St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai. In 1994, during the 29th National Congress at Pune, the members unanimously adopted the new constitution of the Association which divided the members into 5 different geographic zones – each with its own Executive Committee affiliated to the National Committee. Today, the IATF consists of more than 600 members across these 5 zones. These members include school teachers, professors of colleges affiliated to universities and teachers of FLE at Alliances Françaises.
The Congress which will take place in Mumbai in November 2016 will provide a platform to teachers and researchers interested in the French language, literature and culture. There will be discussions related to the teaching of French since the methods have to constantly evolve to cater to contemporary needs. Moreover, it will provide a space for reflecting on the reasons for which students learn this foreign language in a country which might not be francophone but is francophile. These professors of French use the French language on a day-to-day basis and try to utilise teaching methods which are useful and pertinent to the local context.
The Congress’ main aim will be to confront the triple challenge of new data, new ideas and new perspectives for teaching French. In general, it will take a look at the tools and strategies that are available in order to respond to the needs of the professional world.
Given the fact that the French language is being increasingly taught in India, the Congress will emphasize the necessary adaptations of teaching methods for new demographics.
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