A taste of French to kin­dle a taste for French

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - LIFESTYLE & CULTURE -

As a form of outreach to­wards schools, the French Sub­ject Area within the Uni­ver­sity of Malta’s Depart­ment of Lan­guages and Hu­man­i­ties (DLHE) or­gan­ised an ac­tiv­ity for Year 6 stu­dents fol­low­ing their first lan­guage taster course in French.

The ini­tia­tive was un­der­taken in an ef­fort to in­stil in these young pupils an in­ter­est in for­eign lan­guages and cul­tures. This was a fol­low-up ac­tiv­ity to a poster com­pe­ti­tion en­ti­tled Etre vedette, c’est chou­ette!, or­gan­ised dur­ing the cur­rent scholas­tic year for Year 6 stu­dents by the Fac­ulty of Ed­u­ca­tion’s French Sub­ject Area. For this com­pe­ti­tion, 100 par­tic­i­pants from 14 schools car­ried out some re­search on a French celebrity of their choice and en­tered their poster into a com­pe­ti­tion.

Dur­ing the prize-giv­ing cer­e­mony held at the Uni­ver­sity on 30 April, 65 pri­mary school stu­dents had fun play­ing lan­guage games or­gan­ised for them by MTL and B.Ed. stu­dents pre­par­ing to be­come teach­ers of French. The DLHE of­fered all stu­dents present a French culi­nary spe­cial­ity and all poster com­pe­ti­tion par­tic­i­pants re­ceived cer­tifi­cates of par­tic­i­pa­tion while the winners were awarded cer­tifi­cates of merit by the DLHE. The winners were also pre­sented with book prizes by the Embassy of France and the Cen­tre franco-mal­tais. The young fe­male winners were also de­lighted to re­ceive trendy presents of­fered by the Embassy of France, while the boys en­joyed fin­ger-lick­ing French choco­late.

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