Alliance Française de Chittagong always tried to provide its students with quality education ever since it started teaching the French in Chittagong. Past two years I have found no difference to that commitment. Students are thought through their utmost care and unique teaching methods. Teachers are continuously upgraded to deliver the best of their best. I have even talked to my teachers about the process of continuous up gradation. Today I’m going t talk about every ins and outs of their teaching method and our learning process and changes that has been made.
From students point of view we see lots of changes in recent time mostly in text book and orientation of those material in the class. For example, newly introduced Neveux Taxi focused on tapping students’ response in more interactive way what studio 100 lacked of, in fact, for the most part. It was like being bored in the class unless your instructor trying to engage your self into something special. I can still remember our prior teacher M. Asraf as hilarious person, most of the time he caught our attention with humor, just making sure we weren't sleeping while reading studio 100. I think I have done enough criticism of studio 100, I hope whoever wrote that book will not read my blog.
Let’s move on to teachers’ point of view. Teachers in AFC get continuous training at home and abroad by both local and international trainer throughout the year. This is due to develop their skill and approach for teaching students of AFC. These training programs has been developed through a process of scientific research and wide consultation, which provide a practical tool for teachers by setting clear standards to be attained at successive stages of learning and for evaluating outcomes in an internationally comparable method.
And that method is called Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). The CEFR has built up for course designers, textbook writers, testers, teachers and teacher trainers , indeed to all who are directly involved in language teaching and testing. It facilitates a clear definition of teaching and learning objectives and methods and provides the necessary tools for assessment of proficiency.
Training for teachers categorized into different level, as I said earlier, locally given trainings are for full fledged instructor are often jointly coordinated by AFD and AFC. But, most of the time newly recruited teachers are initially trained in AFD, then sent to their local teaching center. Our experienced teachers sometimes sent to France to receive higher level training in French language. Last year after completing such training from France our instructor M. Asraf and M. Mahfuj shared their view with me. According to them” it was a huge experience first of all, and then they were taught different skills and techniques to deal with student more friendly and playful way”.
Our most honorable teacher both M. Asish Sen and DR. Gurupada Chakraborty recently went to France once again for getting higher training to discover new methods to provide best teaching to the students of Chittagong. M. Asish Sen stayed from 15th to 28th November and M Gurupada Chakraborty stayed between 9th and 18th December. Both of them went to CAVILAM in Vichy, a training center for French teachers, where they met other teachers came from different parts of the world. It was jointly organized in cooperation among AFC, French Embassy in Dhaka, EGIDE and CAVILAM. That training program was concentrating on to extend the use of modern teaching material such as TV, drama, songs etc apart form book in the class. Hope to see them teaching us with more joyous manner then ever.