Al­liance Française de Sainte Lu­cie meet­ings with lo­cal teaches dubbed a suc­cess

The Star (St. Lucia) - - COMMENT -

Ear­lier this week the new ad­min­is­tra­tion of Al­liance Française de Sainte Lu­cie, made up of the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, Ms Eve­lyne Gasse, the Deputy Di­rec­tor, Ms Sabrina Lipoff, and the Ed­u­ca­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Ad­vi­sor, Mrs Ghis­laine Schüller, con­tin­ues to re­in­force its col­lab­o­ra­tion with the schools and French teach­ers on the is­land. To this end, an in­vi­ta­tion ap­proved by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion (through Mr Mar­cus Ed­ward, Chief Ed­u­ca­tion Of­fi­cer, and Mr Leonard Robin­son, Mod­ern Lan­guages Cur­ricu­lum Of­fi­cer) has been ex­tended to school prin­ci­pals and their French teach­ers.

The Al­liance Française wishes to thank the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, in the per­son of Mr Ed­ward, Chief Ed­u­ca­tion Of­fi­cer, and Mr. Leonard Robin­son, Mod­ern Lan­guages Cur­ricu­lum Of­fi­cer, for their sup­port. In both meet­ings, all speak­ers em­pha­sized the im­por­tance of learn­ing French, as it gives the stu­dents ac­cess to a vi­brant cul­ture and to a lan­guage spo­ken world­wide. It was im­pressed upon prin­ci­pals and teach­ers that if stu­dents have req­ui­site French skills, it would al­low them to ac­cess ter­tiary level pro­grammes in the French ter­ri­to­ries given that the State reg­u­lated tu­ition fees are very low.

Through­out the meet­ings, a va­ri­ety of speeches and videos were shown in or­der to al­low teach­ers to re­flect on their ped­a­gog­i­cal prac­tices and spe­cific needs as well as to share some of their best prac­tices.

Both meet­ings were closed by the Re­gional Co­op­er­a­tion Ser­vices, through the Re­gional Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­sel­lor Mr Sephane Dovert and Ms Lu­ci­enne Larive, con­clud­ing that learn­ing French and tak­ing the DELF ex­ams were cru­cial in or­der to have ac­cess to French schools and uni­ver­si­ties, and that Al­liance Française would do its best to help the stu­dents achieve their goals.

The meet­ings were dubbed a suc­cess, with more than 100 per­sons in at­ten­dance. Many ques­tions were raised and an­swered. We hope that they will mark the be­gin­ning of a great col­lab­o­ra­tion between the Al­liance Française and the schools and as was men­tioned, a way to re­new the teach­ers' and stu­dents' pas­sion for French lan­guage and cul­ture.

Sabrina Lipoff, Deputy Di­rec­tor and Ped­a­gog­i­cal Co­or­di­na­tor at Al­liance Française de Sainte-Lu­cie pre­sented at the ped­a­gog­i­cal train­ing pro­gram ear­lier this week.

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