FATFA Conference 2018, the Federation of Associations of Teachers of French in Australia [fr]
From 27 to 30 September 2018, more than 120 teachers of French coming from all around Australia and overseas took part in the biennial FATFA organised this year by NAFT, the association of New South Wales, at the campus of the University of Sydney.
In 2018, the biennial FATFA conference was organised by the association of New south Wales NAFT. Coming from all around Australia and overseas, hundreds of participants gathered at the campus of the University of Sydney to discuss the learning and teaching of French in Australia: “Pedagogical challenges of today and practical solutions for tomorrow”.
Keynote speakers of high caliber were invited to contribute: Michel Boiron, director the CAVILAM – Alliance Française de Vichy; Jean-Marc Defays, professor at the University of Liège,Belgium; Christian Ollivier, professor at the University of La Réunion, Ann-Marie Morgan, Professor at the University of New England.
The Embassy of France has made the promotion of the French language and multilingualism a priority activity, as pointed out by Mr Bertrand Pous, Cultural Counselor in his opening speech, where he mentioned the French language and Plurilingualism Plan which was announced by the French President Emmanuel Macron on March 20th this year.
The conference received the International Federation of French teachers (FIPF) accreditation. Its president since 2016, Jean-Marc Defays, opened the two-day seminar with a lecture about “a humanist approach of teaching languages and cultures”.
The conference was a great opportunity to highlight the numerous activities developed by the teachers associations across the country in order to support the continuing training of language teachers, as well as the international networks to which they belong.
Today, French is the second most common foreign language taught in Australia, just after Japanese, thanks to very enthusiastic and involved teachers in their classroom.
French teachers can now access the collaborative online platform IFProfs, developed by the Institut Français, designed to exchange pedagogical resources and exchange with colleagues from all around the world.
We should also note the emergence of new linguistic cooperation projects with French-speaking Pacific neighbors: New Caledonia, and for the first time in 2019, exchanges with French Polynesia as part of the New Colombo Plan.