Groupement FLE aims for public/private collaboration

12, February, 2015

French language school association Groupement FLE is optimistic that the country’s private and public sectors can work together effectively to attract more international students to France, following a government presentation at the group’s annual ‘Directors’ Days’ conference last week.  

Laurent Gallissot from the French Foreign Ministry addresses the Groupement FLE conference

The two-day Journées Professionnelles seminar programme was held in the prestigious Fine Arts Museum in Lille under the theme ‘The place of language programmes in mobility’, and featured presentations on the latest developments in this field from: the French Foreign Ministry, Institut Français, which promotes French language and culture; Campus France – the government-funded organisation promoting French education overseas; qualification and assessment body CIEP; and the Erasmus Plus Agency.

Association Spokesperson, Andrew Kinselle, said, “Groupement FLE’s close ties with these institutional bodies reflects a real optimism that the private and public sectors can work as one in the future to attract many more students to French language schools. A conference will be held in April, to be attended by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, on the subject of language tourism and the Groupement FLE will be out in force at this event.”

During the conference delegates were also given: a look at the new Groupement FLE website, which integrates a forum where members can exchange views on subjects of interest; a presentation by publishing partner Editions Maison des Langues; and a follow-up session after the inaugural training day for non-teaching staff held in Tours last November.

“Groupement FLE members were not only extremely positive about the seminar programme proposed, but were also showing cautious optimism for 2015, and early indications are that it will be a good year,” said Kinselle.

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