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French teacher inspires Vietnam students to improve French proficiency

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French teacher inspires Vietnam students to improve French proficiency

Nguyen Quy

French teacher Hervé Fayet (C) poses for a photo with his former students at a meeting at the French consul general’s residence in District 1, HCMC on the occasion of Vietnam Teachers’ Day - PHOTO: HOANG PHONG

Hervé Fayet, a French teacher at the Institute of Cultural Exchanges with France (Idecaf) in District 1, HCMC has persistently helped young Vietnamese students learn the French language over the past 25 years. 

Fayet said in an interview with the Daily last week that he came to the country to start a new life in 1992 where he found happiness in his teaching job and life.

Initially, he taught French at France’s Colette school and then worked closely with the HCMC Department of Education and Training to develop French bilingual training programs in the city.

Since 2006, he has been sticking with his teaching job at Idecaf, an organization which specializes in promoting French culture, lifestyle, language and cinematography to the Vietnamese community. He also works as editor at Le Courrier du Vietnam, the only French-language newspaper published in Vietnam.

“For me, Idecaf looks like a second home where I have had tons of unforgettable memories with nice colleagues and students. Teaching has been an indispensable part of my life in Vietnam, urging me to overcome the loneliness of a foreigner and the barrier of language and culture,” Fayet said.

Aside from the teaching activity, Fayet has contributed to establishing a French-speaking club at Idecaf where French-language students and young people can feel free to practice their spoken French skills with native speakers and participate in extracurricular activities. 

Fayet said his greatest happiness is not to earn much money but to see his students grow mature and make exemplary academic achievements. He takes pride in many of his students who have now become teachers of French, linguistic researchers and translators in the city. 

“I will stay on in Vietnam for a longer time and has still no intention to come back to my homeland in France as the Southeast Asian country gives me more fascinating experiences in my life where he met and got married to a Vietnamese woman,” Fayet said at a meeting at the French consul general’s residence in District 1, HCMC on the occasion of the Vietnam Teachers’ Day.

He will move on with his teaching job here as a meaningful contribution to fostering a mutual cultural understanding between the two countries.   

With more than 25 years of living and working in Vietnam, the dedicated teacher has gradually got familiar with Vietnamese culture, traditions, customs and rituals.

He has visited many places of interest such as the coastal city of Nha Trang in Khanh Hoa Province, the hilly resort city of Dalat in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong and Phu Quoc Island.

Pham Hong Thien Phuc, a 12th grader at Le Hong Phong High School for the Gifted in District 5, HCMC who has recently received a certificate of merit from French Consul General in HCMC Vincent Floreani for his outstanding achievements in French proficiency improvement, told the Daily that he used to be a student of Hervé Fayet when he was in junior high school.

“I’m very fortunate to learn French with a native teacher with a sense of humor and a strong devotion to teaching like Hervé Fayet. While studying French with him, I developed a passion for the French language and garnered extensive knowledge of French culture and history,” Phuc added.

Phuc said he is looking to become a teacher of French in the future.
 

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