Entry-level training programmes and pedagogical resources
Supporting French higher education in India
Bachelor of Education option French
La Salle des Profs - first social network for Indian teachers of the French language
There are approximately 15,000 French language teachers in India which comprise of 14,000 teachers in secondary schools, 1,370 in higher education institutions and 200 in the network of Alliances Françaises.
To improve the quality of the teaching of the French language in India, the LFR is responsible for creating new learning manuals, adapted to the Indian context and to the specific curriculums of the learners according to their field of study. We work in close collaboration with French and Indian publishing houses to create learning manuals which meet the expectations of Indian students, in particular, the “French for professional purposes" manuals. These specialized learning manuals acknowledge the specific needs of scientists and engineers (Tech French) and fashion designers (French for Fashion) and other specialists from diverse sectors of economic activity. In 2012, the LFR will launch a new learning manual dedicated to tourism under the name “Carnet de voyage”. These pedagogical tools are aimed at updating the course content and offer a modern and current image of France to the learners.
The entry-level training will see major development with the introduction of the Bachelor of Education option French project which did not exist before. The biggest online university in the world, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) will offer this degree course from the month of February 2013 onwards, ensuring French language teachers the same status as that of teachers of other core academic subjects. The course content for the same was conceived in collaboration with the University of Grenoble 3
The LFR organises training programmes on a national scale in order to foster communication between teachers and to uphold their teaching quality.
In May 2010, Jean-Pierre CUQ, President of the International Federation of French language Teachers (FIPF) participated in and supported the training programme which saw the participation of more than 90 teachers in Goa.
In May 2011, 80 teachers attended the national training programme "French, a language without borders", at Estuary Island, Trivandrum.
The training programme that took place in Pune from 28 May to 1st June 2012 brought together more than 120 participants.
In 2013 Chennai hosted more than 500 teachers of the French language for the 3rd Congress of the teachers of the French language in the Asia-Pacific region. The Congress was held from 13th to 16th February 2013 with the theme for this session being "French: the passion and the reason".
Besides the creation of the Bachelor of Education option French, our section provides educational support to the various Bachelor’s and Masters of French programmes offered by Indian universities by encouraging interaction and contact between Indian and French pedagogical teams. In partnership with the University Cooperation Section of the Institut Français en Inde, we encourage collaborations between Indian universities and French universities (such as between IGNOU and Grenoble 3 Stendhal for the Bachelor of Education option French).