Two MTL French students, Caroline Scicluna and Katrina Vella, along with Sara Bondin, teacher of French and Maltese at Our Lady Immaculate School, who also graduated at the Faculty of Education with a B.Ed. and an M.Ed. in French Education, followed a course on the teaching of French as a Foreign Language in France between 13 and 17 December 2021.
The course was chosen by Ms Marine Debliquis, Conseillère de Coopération et d’Action Culturelle at the Embassy of France in Malta. The course itself and the participants’ personal expenses were kindly financed by the Embassy of France, in line with its constant efforts to promote quality teaching and learning of the French language in Malta. Madame Debliquis and her team were crucial in helping the participants with all preparations, and worked in close collaboration with Prof. Doreen Spiteri, Head of the Department of Languages & Humanities in Education, and with Dr Anne-Marie Bezzina Busuttil, coordinator of the French subject area within the same department, to identify eligible candidates for this course.
The intensive one-week course, bearing the title 'Enseigner le FLE aujourd’hui : les nouvelles tendances pédagogiques', took place at the CAVILAM of Vichy, a higher education institution affiliated with the Alliance française. The three participants especially learned how technology can be used to enhance language teaching and learning according to the most modern and motivating practices that can appeal to a learning public of students who are naturally engaged with technology.