The acronym LFR stands for Secteur Langue Française (French Language Section). The LFR of the Institut français en Inde Embassy of France in India pursues 3 main objectives, as defined by the French Ministry of External and European Affairs:
The LFR provides pedagogical, logistic and financial support for training programmes and linguistic workshops with the objective of promoting the French language. Teachers’ training is one of our main objectives and we do our utmost to provide the highest quality of training to the Indian teachers of the French language.
Entry-level training for us is as important (publishing of learning manuals, creation of a Bachelor of Education option French) as in-service training. We frequently organize national-level training programmes to improve the language skills of the teachers. The LFR supports French higher education in India and encourages collaborations and joint projects with French Universities.
2) International mobility
The cooperation in the field of education between France and India is embodied by the numerous school exchanges which have been established by the LFR to answer the increasing demand of Indian schools in this regard.
The LFR also promotes international mobility through two of its flagship programmes:
The English Language Assistants Programme - By the means of this programme, Indian students are sent to France to teach English in French schools as Trainee English Teachers for a period of 7 months.
More details on the English Assistants in France - 2014 programme
The French Language Tutors in India Programme - Under this programme of the LFR, French university students are invited to teach the French language in Indian universities for a period of 9 months.
The LFR also organises the “Allons en France” international level competition in India on the behalf of the Institut français in Paris which has a specific theme related to global issues every year and is meant for young learners of the French language between the age of 16 and 25 years. Every year, winners from 190 countries are invited to spend a week in France to discover France and to discuss important issues concerning France and the world.
The LFR also organizes, manages and coordinates with the Alliance Françaises, the DELF and DALF certificate examinations in India, which are internationally-recognised certifications, offered by the CIEP (Centre International d’Etudes Pédagogiques) with the support of the French Ministry of Education. They are the only certificate examinations of their kind intended to test one’s proficiency in the French language.
The goal of the LFR is to make these certificate examinations accessible to all persons, of all ages. In the year 2011, the LFR introduced the DELF Junior certificate examinations in India which are meant for school level learners of the French language who would like to obtain their first certificate in the French language.