Ghana Association of French Teachers sets goal
Ho, Sept.6, GNA – The Ghana Association of French Teachers (GAFT) is to fashion out new and effective strategies and methods to transform the learning of the language.
‘We are ever ready to do our best to help the Ghanaian learner to study French to any level,’ Mr Justice K. Sallah, President of the Association set the goal at the 55th Annual Congress of the Association in Ho.
It was on the theme: ‘Teaching, Learning of French as a foreign Language: Using Dynamics of Communication.’
The Association with the support of the French Embassy instituted reading competition among French students in the 10 regions this year.
Champions in the regions would compete in a national championship duel with attractive prizes.
Mr Sallah called for support from institutions and philanthropists to augment the sponsorship of the French Embassy.
He commended the government for providing French language text books in schools, ‘though inadequate’, and for sponsoring some categories of students for linguistic attachment courses in Francophone countries.
Mr Sallah said the Association undertakes a number of activities to sharpen the skills of its members.
Mr Francis Ganyaglo, Deputy Volta Regional Minister said the study of French is imperative because of the country’s geographical location among French speaking neighbours.
‘Most intriguing is that our businesses are transacted across these Francophone countries and documentation is in French.
‘Another reason we need to take French seriously is that, it has become one of the basic requirements for gaining international appointments,’ he said.
Mr Ganyaglo said the long-standing and fruitful relations between Ghana and France has lowered the language barrier.
‘French is therefore not to be considered as an academic exploit but a tool for social and economic development.’
Mr Ganyaglo appealed to GAFT and Alliance Francaise to consider the establishment of educational programme centres across the region and other parts of the country.
Mr Dickson Ogordor, a Deputy Regional Director of Education, said apart from making one productive and functional, proficiency in the French language provides a number of job opportunities and prospects for career development.
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