36th National Congress And 3rd International Conference of the Indian Association of Teachers of French from 4th to 6th November, 2016.

The 36th National Congress and 3rd International Conference of the Indian Association of Teachers of French will be held at St Xavier’s College, from 4th to 6th November, 2016 in the dynamic and vibrant city of Mumbai, with its concentration of business houses, the film industry and its rich cultural heritage. The Congress will provide a platform to teachers and scholars working in the field of French teaching to discuss the challenges they face in a world that is constantly evolving. Moreover, it will be a forum for discussing the motivations and needs for learning French as a foreign language in a country that is not “francophone” in a political sense and where Francophonie is essentially the result of the efforts of French teachers. The professional world being ever present, teachers are constantly using more specific tools and innovative strategies to meet these requirements.

This congress aims to meet one main objective: reflecting on the importance, teaching and impact of French in India in a contemporary, multilingual and multicultural context.

The congress holds a host of opportunities for teachers and professionals of the French language in terms of discovery, training and networking. Research papers and workshops on a wide range of themes such as Pedagogic Innovation, Technical and Multimedia Enhancement in Learning, Intercultural Issues and Mediation in the world of language, Translation as an agent of Global Exchange and Interaction etc, will be presented by delegates from India and France. Panel discussions will feature eminent personalities from the world of Literature and Arts as well as a plethora of executives from French language related sectors such as tourism, etc. Well known publishers such as CLE, Didier, Goyal and Langers will be present to exhibit their products and Radio France International will hold pedagogical sessions to introduce its new platforms pertinent to the teaching of French in the world. Other players propagating the teaching of French such as TV5 Monde and Hachette will send materials and representatives to highlight their presence!

Along with an array of academic tools and methods, the delegates will be treated to the French experience with an evening of wine and cheese tasting at a well known SoBo landmark… Another evening will light up the grounds of the CSMVS – The Museum with an Indo-French cultural show.

The Inaugural Function to be held in the heritage Convocation Hall of the University of Mumbai, will be in the presence of the Vice Chancellor, Dr Sanjay Deshmukh. Other dignitaries present at the function will include the Consul Général of France in Mumbai, Mr. Yves Perrin, francophone Commissioner of Police, Dr. Datta Padsalgikar, Deputy Director of CIEP in France, Mr. Stéphane Foin and the keynote speaker Dr. Dileep Padgaonkar , an eminent francophone journalist of international repute.

All those wishing to Register for the Congress can do so at the following Link: http://goo.gl/forms/tlsjxi9n1G

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