Groupement Fle holds development sessions

26, November, 2014

French language school association Groupement Fle recently held its first-ever training day for non-academic staff at member schools, as well as the latest of its annual Journées Pédagogiques academic workshop events.

Participants gather at the first-ever Groupement Fle training event for non-academic staff

The non-teaching staff event was held at the Institut de Touraine in Tours and welcomed staff from Groupement Fle’s 35 member schools to discuss ways in which they can play an active part in providing a quality service to students and agents, freely air views on their day-to-day work and compare experiences with colleagues from other centres.

Groupement Fle Spokesperson, Andrew Kinselle, said, “The Groupement Fle believes that the non-teaching staff in its centres are just as important as the teachers. The Groupement Fle maintains that the success of a language school depends on the quality of its staff, yet up to now nothing was organised for non-teaching and administrative staff in terms of training, leading to a feeling of frustration and a lack of recognition.”

The event was considered to be such a success that Groupement Fle intends to extend the next session in autumn 2015 to a two-day conference. The conclusions from the day will form the basis of discussions with centre managers and owners during the association’s next Journées Professionnelles event, to be held in Lille in January.

Meanwhile, the fourth Groupement Fle Journées Pédagogiques event took place at the same location recently.

Around 60 teachers and directors of studies attended the two-day conference focused on the teaching of French as foreign language, including participants from Canada, Russia, Luxemburg and the Ivory Coast. An intensive programme of workshops and discussion sessions enable participants to exchange views around the theme of integrating the cultural environment.

The participants were also invited to a reception given by the Tours town council in the town hall. Next year’s conference is scheduled for the autumn in Angers.

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