Stage BELC : a true BELC that came to India
Stage BELC. The name itself is enough for all teachers of French all over the world to guess what this article is all about. However, this year BELC was different.
86 teachers of French from India and other countries of South Asia found themselves under one cool roof from 25th May 2015 to 29th May 2015 in the sweltering heat of Delhi. The CIEP ( Centre International d’Études Pédagogiques), a famous centre for a multitude of training programs with its headquarters based at Sèvres near Paris, joined hands with IFI ( Institut Français en Inde) and IGNOU ( Indira Gandhi National Open University) to organise the first ever South Asia Regional French Teachers Training program to Delhi in the lush green premises of the IGNOU. Alliance Française de Bombay supported the event.
The stage BELC is an annual event organised by the CIEP for one month in summers and 15 days in winters in France. However since 2012, the CIEP decided to bring the stage BELC to different regions in the world to enable more and more teachers to develop and enhance their pedagogical techniques.
The opening ceremony was presided over by the Vice-Chancellor of IGNOU, Mr. Nageshwar Rao, the Director of IFI M. François Vandeville, and M. Pierre-Yves Roux from the CIEP, amongst other dignitaries from the IGNOU. In a country as diverse as India, teaching French as a foreign language brings its own challenges. Says Mr. Gillon, Attaché for Cooperation in Education “The modules offered during the training program had been carefully chosen keeping in mind that French is being taught in India at the secondary school level, at the university level and in the Alliance Françaises across the country”.
Teachers working in different establishments in the country (and beyond) were thrilled to be able to participate in the Stage BELC in their own country. Anuradha Karkun, French teacher at The Mothers International School, Delhi affirms “The quality of the trainings is par excellence”. She has also undertaken the one-month BELC training four years ago in France. Teachers from all over India-Oorja Malik, Divya Maheshwari, Dipty Shah, Puneeta Budhiraja to name a few, were unanimous in their appreciation, not only in terms of quality of the formateurs or trainers but also in the organisation of the entire stage.
A reception was hosted on the second day in the beautiful lawns of the Institut Français en Inde where His Excellency, Ambassador Richier too addressed the trainees. Also present were other dignitaries from the IFI and IGNOU. Sumptuous snacks and drinks coupled with lovely French and Indian music made the evening an excellent melting pot of two cultures.
Mr. Pierre-Yves Roux, a very experienced trainer from the CIEP was happy to note the professionalism of the participants and claims this training to be a success. Laurent Elisio Bordier, Joint Director of Alliance Française de Bombay sums it up as “ un vrai BELC- a true BELC”
Extremely satisfied and well equipped with a bag full of pedagogical tools, the teachers left for their respective cities and countries with hopes to re-live another Stage BELC next year, in Delhi or in another city in India.
Any regret? The training session ended too soon! One week was not enough to explore Delhi neither. A follow-up to this training would be greatly appreciated. A whatsapp group is already up and running where all the teachers exchange regularly their teaching practices and share useful information in teaching French in India.
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