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French consulate general honors teachers of French
Hoang The Phong
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French consulate general honors teachers of French

Hoang The Phong

Consul General of France in HCMC Vincent Floreani speaks at a meeting at his residence in District 1, HCMC on the occasion of Vietnam Teachers’ Day on November 21 - PHOTO: HOANG PHONG

More than 100 teachers of the French language at high schools and universities in HCMC and Can Tho City on Tuesday night attended a meeting at the French consul general’s residence in District 1, HCMC on the occasion of the Vietnam Teachers’ Day.

Since 2015, the French consulate general in HCMC has teamed up with the French Institute in Vietnam to host a special day for Vietnamese teachers to honor their contributions to teaching French in the country.

The event was marked by the launch of fresh projects for French language teachers and schools with bilingual classes. Especially, an intensive French training program called “BELC ASEAN” is scheduled to be implemented in March next year in the city for 150 French language teachers in Vietnam and other regional countries.

Consul General of France in HCMC Vincent Floreani expressed appreciation of the effective operation of the association for French-teaching people (FIEF) under the umbrella of the Vietnam-France Friendship Union in HCMC and Can Tho where French language teachers can meet up and share their experiences in teaching.
The French consul general told the Daily in an interview that there are around 6,500 Vietnamese students in France and that some 1,400 new students come to France a year. This is obvious evidence that the French language has grown popular in Vietnam, he said.  

“Promoting the development of the French language in Vietnam is our main priority as France has been trying to spur cultural exchanges, academic programs and economic cooperation between the two countries in the coming time.”

The French Institute in Vietnam is rolling up its sleeves to develop “Espace France” in provinces and cities throughout the country to support cooperation and cultural exchange.

Pham Hong Thien Phuc, a 12th grader at Le Hong Phong High School for the Gifted in District 5, HCMC, told the Daily at the meeting that he dreams of becoming a French language teacher in the future so he began pursuing French courses at the Institute of Cultural Exchanges with France (Idecaf) in District 1 when he was still in junior high school as a preparatory step to fulfill his dream.

“The love for French culture and lifestyle urged me to stick to the French language though the language is much harder to learn than English,” the 18-year-old added.

Dang Ngoc Nhu Quynh, a teacher of French at Nguyen Thi Minh Khai High School in District 3, said that she has been teaching French for more than four years and it is her joy to introduce French culture and language to the young Vietnamese generation.

“No words could express my joyful feelings as the French agencies in the country have paid much attention and praised Vietnamese teachers’ efforts and contributions to the teaching of French,” Quynh shared.

Last year, the French consulate general in HCMC also launched IFprofs, a social network for teachers of French, to assist teachers to gain easy access to teaching materials and methods.

IFprofs, developed by the French Institute in Paris, has heaped praise from around 4,500 members in 29 countries in the world, with 186 of them Vietnamese.

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