DEVELOPING FRENCH LANGUAGE WHILE PROMOTING LINGUISTIC & CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN SOUTH AFRICA
■Out of the 54 countries on the African continent, French is the official language in 20 countries and is widely spoken in 6 other countries.
■ French is the 2nd working language within the African Union and the United Nations.
Cooperation in French language aims at facilitating South Africa’s will to strengthen its relationships within the African continent and other French speaking countries worldwide and to develop its influence in multilateral organizations.
COOPERATION IN FRENCH LANGUAGE THEREFORE FOCUSES ON 3 MAIN AREAS:
1> To increase proficiency in French language among high school students (through linguistic and exchange visits in France) and among teachers (with in-service courses held locally, in France and by distance learning).
■ 21 000 students are currently learning French in 200 South African high schools
■ 1154 opted for French as a 2nd additional language at IEB & NSC examinations in 2010
■ 513 students sat for International Examination of DELF Junior in 2010
2> To support and develop the French language programmes in universities as well as members of the regional graduate school “Languages, Plurality and Developments” by means of the exchange of expertise and scholarships both locally and in France
■1500 students learn French in 17 South African universities
■ 8 South African universities are partners of the Francophone University Agency (AUF)
■ Master in Interpretation established at Univ. of Pretoria in partnership with Univ. of Strasbourg (France)
■ Master in Teaching French as a Foreign Language established at Univ. of Cape Town in partnership with Univ. of Grenoble (France)
3> To bring technical expertise and support to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) for the creation of a curriculum of French language tuitions offered to diplomats and other sectors of the South African public service.
■ 400 South African diplomats trained in French since 2006
THE MAIN TRANSVERSAL ACTIVITIES EMPHASIZE:
■ 5 South African Interpreters trained in French & other languages
■ Foreign Language Forum for the Public Sector with 13 partner ministries created in 2009
> the development of distance learning and training through new technologies,
> the creation of new digital learning materials,
> the promotion of International Certifications in French Language (DELF Junior, DELF, DALF, Professional DELF),
> the notoriety of Francophonie.
TO ACHIEVE THESE GOALS, THE COOPERATION FOR FRENCH LANGUAGE WORKS IN CLOSE PARTNERSHIP WITH:
> the network of Alliance Française in South Africa (15 Alliances Françaises – 6000 students),
> the International Examination Board, the Department of Education, The Department of Higher Education & DIRCO,
> the Association of French Studies in Southern Africa (AFSSA) which gather 250 teachers and lecturers of French mainly in South Africa and other neighbouring countries.