FRANCOPHONIE 2014 in Kandy

INTERNATIONAL FRANCOPHONE DAY / JOURNÉE INTERNATIONALE DE LA FRANCOPHONIE

At Alliance Française de Kandy, on Thursday 20th March 2014 at 5.30pm.

Alliance française de Kandy is organizing an evening with song and dance in its premises to celebrate the international Francophone Day; everyone is welcome.

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On the 20th March, every year, the 77 member states of the International Organization of La Francophonie celebrate the French language and Francophone culture . There are over 200 million French speakers on Earth.

La Francophonie celebrates the Niamey Convention which was signed in Niger on the 20th of March 1970. The convention helped to establish the Agence de Coopération Culturelle et Technique (Agency for Cultural and Technical Cooperation), which was the precursor to the International Organization of La Francophonie.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE FRENCH LANGUAGE / ÉTATS GÉNÉRAUX DU FRANÇAIS

Cinnamon Citadel Hotel, Friday 21st March 2014.

For the first time in Sri Lanka, the Alliance Française network, the Sri Lankan Association of French Teachers (APF), Alliance Française network in Sri Lanka including Alliance Française de Kandy and the main Universities teaching of French, including Peradeniya University, will hold, under the patronage of the French Embassy, a large conference about French language in Sri Lanka and in the Maldives, with the endorsement of the concerned Ministries. About 60 participants are expected to attend this event, held for the very first time in Sri Lanka.

PROGRAMME
1 – THE PRESENCE OF FRENCH TODAY IN SRI LANKA AND THE MALDIVES

1.1 Present situation of learning-teaching French language
1.2 The supply and demand for French

2 – WHAT FUTURE FOR FRENCH IN SRI LANKA AND THE MALDIVES?

2.1 The quality of education: adapting and modernizing teaching methods
2.2 Learn French, but what for?

The motto of the International Organization of La Francophonie is: “French is a Chance”. But, why would French could be considered a chance?

In order to answer this question, the conference will look into the framework of teaching foreign languages ​​and the status of French in Sri Lanka and in the Maldives. In 2014, French is still the first foreign language to be taught in Sri Lanka and in the Maldives, but reviewing the place of our language in Sri Lanka and the actual realities of the teaching of French appear to be a prerequisite to structuring and nurturing a suitable and durable linguistic cooperation.

MEETING OF ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE NETWORK IN SRI LANKA & THE MALDIVES

Alliance Française de Kandy, Saturday 22nd March 2014.

To end these three days, the Delegation General of the Alliance Française in Sri Lanka and the Maldives will unite with the Presidents and Directors of the five Alliances Françaises which form our network. During the course of a one-day discussion, we will look into how we could better cooperate with one another as well as how to develop and improve our services in terms of teaching of the French language and organizing cultural activities.

In 2013, our network represented 2,556 students, 4,516 course registrations, 17,461 teaching hours and 59 teachers, 446 students sat for DELF or DALF exams (the only certification in French, officially recognized by the French Ministry of Education) and we organized 145 cultural events.