On the occasion of 150 years of St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, the Consulate General of France in Mumbai, Alliance Française de Bombay, French Institute in India, Campus France India and the Indian Association of Teachers of French (IATF) organised “French Day” in our prestigious institution on 6th July 2019. The event was graced by the Consul General of France in Mumbai, Ms. Sonia Barbry. Various events were organised for students as also for teachers of French. A presentation on ‘Higher studies in France’ by the Campus France representative in Mumbai familiarised our students with the opportunities for higher education in France in different fields ranging from management to medicine to hospitality industry.

A training session for French teachers on the ‘Use of storytelling in French as a Foreign Language class’ was conducted by Mr. Frédéric Simon, Director, Alliance Française, Bombay. This was attended by teachers of French from the University as also from various colleges and schools.

A scientific lecture was delivered by Dr. Adrien Selles, from the Indo French Centre for Ground Water Research of Hyderabad, on “Groundwater study in India : 20 years of Indo-French collaboration”

There was also a cultural event organized: ‘French love poems in motion’ by the St Andrew’s Center for Philosophy and Performing Arts, followed by French songs by Ms. Smriti Monocha. The Consul General of France in Bombay, Ms. Sonia Barbry, spoke of her experiences and connect with India and Indian culture, the Principal of St. Xavier’s College, Dr. Rajendra Shinde and Mr. Philippe Guillien, Attaché Linguistique at the French Consulate in Mumbai shared a few words with our students.

On 30th November 2019, the French Department participated in ‘ Xynergy’ an event to showcase the different departments of Humanities and Languages in the college hall. Students of the department showcased the theme of Gastronomy, explored the applicability of French language in Tourism and Hospitality industry, represented the francophone countries and the geographical composition of France through various interactive games and an aesthetic collage of the 18 regions of France, also posters of French classics adapted to movies were on display along with famous French quotes.

In February 2020 the students of the department put up a skit and penned poems in French on cleanliness as  a part of the ‘National Swachhata Pakhwara’, a fortnight dedicated to cleanliness. Ms. Alpana Palkhiwale attended the 3rd European Congress of Teachers of French in Athens, Greece from 4th September to 8th September 2019, where she presented a paper on ‘Le français comme la langue d’expression pour les migrants de l’origine indienne à l’ile Maurice’.

Thus this year the Department of French organised various activities to help students appreciate French language and culture.

Ms. Alpana Palkhiwale
Head, Department of French

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