Amidst the excitement of the sesquicentennial celebrations, the French Department took learning a foreign language to a whole new level. The Department undertook multifarious activities to evoke a true appreciation of French, as a romantic language, and as a way of life in the students. The year commenced  with college level eliminations of the ‘Idole Indienne’ a singing competition organised by the ‘Indian Association of Teachers of French’.  Dr. Bhaskar Saha from the Life Sciences Department assessed the same. A small quiz and a debate were organised as a part of the celebrations for , La Fete Francaise, on 14 July, commemorating the storming of the Bastille during the French Revolution..  

A half day workshop on ‘Teaching French as a Foreign Language’, conducted by Mr. Philippe Guillien, Attache Linguistique at the French Consulate, Mumbai was organised by IFI on 27th October 2018.   Ms. Alpana Palkhiwale, also successfully conducted a one day workshop on ‘Subtitling of Films’ at Fergusson College Pune on 11th March 2019.

The month of December marked a major milestone when the students of the French department  enraptured the audience with Le Choix, a French musical, written and directed by the students under the aegis of Lingua Fest. 

In addition to this, Ms. Alpana Palkhiwale attended a 15 day teacher’s training course at the University of Nantes in Nantes, France from 16th to 28th July 2018. She also attended a one week teachers training program organised by the French Embassy and University of Franche Comte at Goa University from 20th to 26th May 2019. 

As always, the French Department showcased a myriad of cultural events all of which kindled the creative and cultural prowess in our students and encouraged them to know more about the French language and culture.

Kudos to the faculty and the students of the French Department for yet another fulfilling year!


Ms. Alpana Palkhiwale

Head, Department of French

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