This year has been a mixed year for the Department of French. On the one hand, various activities were organised to help students appreciate the French language and culture,while on the other hand the department experienced a huge loss with the demise of Ms. Debjani Chavan, lecturer of French at the Junior college.  She was a pillar of our department and, with her in-depth knowledge of the subject, her enthusiasm and dedication she inculcated in our students a love for the language.  

The year began with a small quiz to commemorate the event ‘Storming of the Bastille’ on 14th July.  A half day workshop was organised by IFI on ‘La Presse et FLE’ on 2nd September 2017 for French teachers in Mumbai. On 7th December 2017, a live radio programme ‘Radio Live’ was organised by Radio France under the aegis of ‘Bonjour India’- a two month long cultural exchange programme between France and India wherein, the youth of both nations shared their Life stories on stage. On 11th April 2018, Ms. Cynthia Eid of FIPF (Federation Internationale des Preofesseurs de français) visited the department and spoke on ‘Innovative methods in teaching of French’. 

In the months of July and August, two workshops were organised for the French students,a translation workshop conducted by Ms. Nitya Suryanarayan who has completed Masters in Translation and Interpretation from Jawaharlal Nehru University. The other was on Corpus thematique wherein students were taught how to elaborate upon a theme through various media of expression. This was conducted by Ms. Bandhuli Chattopadhyay. Both these students have been selected by the French Embassy for the “Assistanat Programme 2017-18” under which they will be staying in France for 8 months and will be teaching English to French students.  

Ms. Alpana Palkhiwale attended ‘IV Congres régional de l’Asie Pacifique’organised by FIPF-Federation Internationale des Professeurs de Francais, at The University of Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan from 20th to 24th September 2017 and presented a paper on ‘La diversité linguistique et culturelle dans la littérature francophone de l’île Maurice’.


Ms.Alpana Palkhiwale

Head, Department of French

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