Learning To Teach French With DUFLE

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The importance of French in today’s world is indisputable. France and French-speaking countries account for roughly 20% of world trade in goods. Forbes has also claimed that French could be the language of the future. Add to the mix its rich literary heritage along with its importance in diplomacy and it comes as no surprise that French is the second most widely learned foreign language globally.

The Indian subcontinent is no exception to this rule and has steadily witnessed a growing demand for qualified French teachers. In order to address the same, the Alliance Française de Bombay had launched the Diplôme Universitaire de Français Langue Etrangère (DU FLE) in 2014 in collaboration with Le Mans Université and the Cultural Department of the French Embassy in India (French Institute in India). From December 2016, the program has been launched nationwide with 3 training centres across India : AF Bombay, AF Delhi, and AF MadrasThe project is part of a series of initiatives launched by the Fondation Alliance Française and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development.

The 2018-19 batch of DUFLE at AF Bombay

The 2018-19 batch of DU FLE candidates at AF Mumbai

Intended primarily for fresh or experienced teachers within the network of Alliances Françaises in India and Nepal who lack a diploma, this program is now open to all French teachers and allows participants to train themselves without leaving the subcontinent. Furthermore, it enables teachers to substantiate the skills that they have acquired on the field. They can continue working and improving their teaching skills whilst preparing for the DU FLE exam. It is also a gateway to Master 1 and 2 of Français Langue Étrangère (FLE). The latter ensures a future within the network of Alliances Françaises apart from other organisations, institutes, and schools which teach French.

DUFLE 2018-19 at AF Madras with Emmanuel Samson (ACPF | 5th from right), Prachee Palsule (6th from right), and Sarah Belrhali (Academic Director, AF Madras | 2nd from left)

DU FLE 2018-19 at AF Madras with Emmanuel Samson (ACPF | 5th from right), Prachee Palsule (6th from right), and Sarah Belrhali (Academic Director, AF Madras | 2nd from left)

The total course comprises of 200 hours of training developed specifically for India and Nepal. Part of the course includes remote-training modules conducted via the online platform Mon Alliance. These are supervised by professors from Le Mans Université along with professionals within the Alliance Française India-Nepal network and the French Institute in India. Face-to-face modules animated by another set of trainers enable participants to share their teaching experiences and to discover new pedagogic practices.

DUFLE students at AF Delhi learning about 'ice-breaker' activities to be used in class

DU FLE candidates at AF Delhi learning about ‘ice-breaker’ activities to be used in class

An interview with thwo teachers on why they chose to pursue the DU FLE program is given below :

Siddharth Bhatt

Rédaction, AF Magazine Inde-Népal

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Directeur de publication : Délégation Générale de la Fondation Alliance Française en Inde et au Népal

Rédacteur en chef : Laurent Elisio Bordier

Rédacteur/Coordinateur national : Siddharth Bhatt

Rédacteurs, contributeurs : Guillaume, Abhirami, Alexandre, Chintan, Cléa, David, Eleonore, Elie, Kanika, Karine, Nita, Thomas, Malvika, Marie-Joëlle, Meera, Mayuri, Mitushi, Alice, Prutha, Romain, Ritika, Manas, Supriya ...