South African English teaching assistants going to France [fr]
As it happened in 2014, 16 South African students left South Africa at the end of September 2015 to go and teach English in France. They are all part of the Foreign language assistants in France programme implemented by the CIEP (International Center of Pedagogic Studies).
The students will be working as English teaching assistants in French secondary schools for 7 months, sponsored by the Embassy of France in South Africa and the French ministry of national education.
Most of the students participating in the 2015-2016 programme gathered together on the 28 September to attend the information day and lunch organised by Damien Guyard, French language attaché and Jérôme Cosnard, project manager for the teaching and learning of French. 2 students were already in France, their contracts being renewed this year.
The meeting was a good opportunity to explain to the future assistants the key issues in the development of the French language in South Africa, and to prepare them to their future role as ambassadors of South Africa in France.
They were also introduced to the opportunities available to them once they are back in South Africa (local or French bursaries).