Educational and linguistic cooperation

The main thrusts of the active policy of educational and linguistic cooperation pursued by the MAEE are as follows :

  • developing and strengthening the network of bilingual teaching in French that already extends to over 2,000,000 pupils enrolled in bilingual French sections in schools in 53 countries worldwide.
  • meeting the demand generated by the status of French in Africa: French is the language of education or second language in the French-speaking countries of Africa, but also plays an important role as a foreign language in the educational system of several non-French speaking countries.
  • providing teacher training, a key issue in the light of fast-moving technology and the need to replace the current generation of teachers.

Bilingual teaching in French

Bilingual teaching in French is expanding rapidly around the world. Some 2,000,000 pupils are currently enrolled in bilingual French sections already operating in 53 countries, across five continents. Developing these bilingual teaching resources is a priority for France and for a growing number of partner countries that are officially adopting and creating structures to accommodate this type of teaching.

In these "bilingual sections", pupils are taught in two languages : primarily in the local language, but also in French. The aim is not simply the teaching of French, but also teaching in French, with French used as the vehicle of learning in one or more non-language subjects (NLS). Pupils in these sections frequently also learn a third and sometimes even a fourth modern language.

The curriculum objectives, programmes and content are determined by the local education authorities. Depending on the country and its institutional provisions, the completion of secondary studies in a bilingual section is certified by the award of a national diploma bearing the special mention "bilingual", by official examination in French as a foreign language (DELF scolaire, DELF, DALF) or by a simple certificate of studies issued by the French Embassy.

These bilingual or European sections produce excellent French speakers and offer pupils a distinct advantage in access to higher education, either locally (in French-speaking sectors of higher education) or in France. Overall, their effectiveness reflects positively on the entire spectrum of our language cooperation structure.

The MAEE provides these bilingual sections with invaluable support: documentation, support for initial and ongoing teacher training, educational engineering, provision of native French-speaking assistants or pedagogical advisers, support in developing teaching material, identification of partners, website development, etc.

Updated on : 12.10.10