French envoy welcomes 2022 cohort of teachers posted in India under the  French Language Assistant programme

The Ambassador of France to India, H.E. Mr Emmanuel Lenain, felicitated the 14 French language assistants who will be posted in schools and universities for a period of nine months starting from 1st August 2022, highlighting their role in introducing the French language in Indian educational institutions.

Addressing the newcomers at an orientation event in Jamia Millia Islamia, Ambassador Emmanuel Lenain said, “The French Language Assistant programme, spearheaded by the French Institute in India, is a key enabler of student mobility and greater cultural exchanges between France and India. The 2022 cohort of 14 native French speakers will bring a French touch to each of their Indian host institutions. They are fully committed to helping Indian students develop proficiency in the French language and access France’s globally-ranked top institutes.”

The French assistants are invited as part of a 115-year-old programme of the French Ministry of Education, which is conducted in India by the French Institute (IFI) under the aegis of the Embassy of France. This programme, resuming after two years due to COVID, is part of the bilateral agreement between France and India to promote youth exchanges between the two countries. The programme also supports educational cooperation between Indian and French regions, such as that between Tamil Nadu and Région Centre Val de Loire.

The event also gathered some partner educational institutions of the French Institute in India, Indian schools and universities, some of whom will host the 14 French language assistants. These native French speakers will not only hold exclusive interactions with the students of the host institutions but also assist the Indian faculty members and supplement the course content taught by the institution’s French language teachers. Under their curriculum, the French assistants will organise academic and cultural activities to help students develop their oral skills.

Giving the French assistants an overview of their tasks, the French Institute in India organised this two-day orientation session, which included a presentation of the Indian education system, a brief introduction to India, pedagogical activities, etc. They also interacted with school principals and heads of language departments.

The 14 French language assistants expressed their commitment to motivating students to improve their French proficiency and acquire a heartening first-hand exposure to French culture.