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Learning French at the Higher Education Level

100,000 professors for Africa

A program entitled ‘‘100,000 Professors for Africa’’ aims to improve the quality of teaching of the French language and in the French language on the continent, expected to reach a French-speaking population of 90% in the year 2050. Launched on March 20, 2014 on the occasion of the International French-speaking World Day, this program aims to ensure the renewal of African teachers – a widely aging population – and improve their training level.

Expertise Dialogue

An ‘‘expertise dialogue’’ is in progress with French university departments and language centers in African universities. In the aim of stressing high quality, it is based on visits on the part of experts as well as on a reference system. As requested by universities in order to improve teaching quality, these expertise missions mainly concern curricula, degree programs in line with the job market, research and the integration of digital systems.


FOFLE, a program developed by the University of Grenoble, in partnership with the Institut français, will be offering French sessions at a resolutely collaborative level for students and university students of the Maghreb. In the form of a Massive Online Open Course (MOOC), this program is committed to bringing up the level of students to facilitate their admission into Universities, in which the main teaching language is French.

Supporting French-language researcher networks

In non-French speaking areas of the world, the Institut français supports initiatives leading to the set-up of French-language researcher networks in language teaching, and more generally in the human social sciences, particularly the French-language University of Northeast Asia (UNIFA), and the South American teacher-researcher network in the French language and French-speaking culture (CLEFS-AMSUD).
In 2013, UNIFA concerned Asia-Africa relations. The symposium organized by CLEFS-AMSUD in Colombia in October 2013 was devoted to ‘‘Practices and representations regarding the French language in South America".

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