Seminar on French language certifications held in Accra on 8-9 October 2018 [fr]
The French Embassy in collaboration with the Centre for International Pedagogical Studies (CIEP), the Paris Ile-de-France Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIP) and Alliance Française Accra held a seminar on French language certifications on the 8th and 9th of October in Accra.
The programme was organised for higher education officers in the public and private sectors to provide information on the various internationally-recognised French language certifications provided by the CIEP and CCIP. Participants in the seminar included teachers, officials, faculty and educators from various public and private universities as well as strategic government agencies such as the Public Services Commission, Ghana Institute of Languages, Ghana Police Service, Ghana Immigration Service, National Accreditation Board, etc.
From CIEP, Mr Samuel BOUAK, Senior Officer at the Department of Assessment and Certification, made a presentation on the various language certificates awarded by the French government including:
- DELF- DALF (Diplôme d’études de langue Française & Diplôme approfondi de langue Française) including a professional version « DELF PRO ». (see here for more information)
- TCF (Test de connaissance du français) – (see here for more information)
He carefully presented the structure of these certifications and laid out the benefits that students and professionals could reap from acquiring one. A DELF-DALF or TCF certification add value to the CV of the holder and certifies that they have the capacity to communicate and therefore work with ease within a francophone context anywhere in the world. This assurance is especially pertinent as Ghana integrates more and more with her neighbouring francophone economies paving the way for trans-regional job opportunities. A certification in French also guarantees access to academic systems in the francophone parts of the world scattered across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe and the Americas.
Mr François RENAUD, Education Manager at CCIP was invited to address the audience on the range of French Diplomas offered by their language centre and catered to professionals in various sectors. The certifications also have an added value in that they certify specific French language skills required to work in highly-specialised professional contexts. These include Professional French Diplomas (Diplôme de français professionnel - DFP) for:
- Tourism, Hospitality and Catering
- International Relations
- Science and Technology
Find out more about the above certifications on the CCIP website here.
Another objective of the seminar was to bring the participants in direct contact with the French partners to explore ways through which their students and clients can harness the economic benefits that a CIEP or CCIP language certification provide to the holder. They did this through one-on-one meeting sessions organised throughout the day.
Finally, a meeting was held with officials from the Public Services Commission to find out whether the aforementioned certifications could be of interest to Ghanaian public servants in their carrier development.