The Estepona City Council and the French Alliance of Malaga report that during the 2021/2022 academic year they will continue to promote the teaching of the Gallic language in the city with classes and workshops at the Padre Manuel Cultural Center.

The head of the French Alliance in Estepona, Florine Lafont, explained that the courses for adults will begin on October 4 and will continue until February 4. In the case of children (4 to 11 years old) and adolescents (11 to 16 years old), the training actions will conclude in June. The adult courses will have two classes per week, and the infant and junior courses one class per week. All classes will last 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Florine Lafont has indicated that this year face-to-face courses will continue at the Padre Cultural Center (respecting all Covid measures), but they can also be done online using a platform that allows classes to continue with the dynamics that are usually worked on. . Online classes have many advantages, and allow you to work with new tools to propose new activities, with the ease of carrying them out from home.

As a novelty this year, all people who register for courses before September 10 will enjoy a discount of 50 euros.

In addition, for the second consecutive year, the French Alliance will continue to teach courses at the IES Mediterráneo in Estepona to prepare the official French exams for the students of this institute. This offer will be developed at the Mediterranean IES during the 2021/2022 academic year, although it is intended to expand to the rest of the institutes in the municipality from next year.

On the other hand, at the end of September the official DELF and DALF exams for adults will be launched, and in October the DELF Junior exams for ESO and high school students. The next calls will be in February, and for this the French Alliance offers specialized courses such as exam preparation workshops (from November to February) that focus on the methodology of the exam and allow practicing with exam tests and simulations the four required competencies , with a DELF / DALF examining teacher, certified by the French Ministry of Education.

These diplomas are internationally recognized and make it possible to assess the skills in French, both academically and professionally, of all non-Francophones who wish to have their level of French officially recognized. Thus, candidates have the opportunity to take the exam in Estepona.

For her part, the Deputy Mayor of the Sociocultural area, Begoña Ortíz, explained that this type of teaching has been taught in Estepona since the City Council signed a collaboration agreement in 2017 for the French institution to establish itself in the municipality. Ortíz has indicated that the City Council will continue to give a space in the facilities of the Padre Manuel Cultural Center because “it is interesting that Estepona has such a prestigious institution in its educational offer”.

In this sense, he recalled that the French Alliance obtained in 2005 the Prince of Asturias Award for Communications and Humanities in recognition of the quality of its pedagogical and cultural activities. Likewise, it has shown its satisfaction because in previous years almost 500 students have developed their French studies in the courses and workshops taught by the French Alliance.

The French Alliance also aims to promote Francophone culture. To this end, they organize free cultural events throughout the year and open to all, such as free screenings of films for adults and children every month at the Padre Manuel Cultural Center (film in French with Spanish subtitles), gastronomic events (the new Beaujolais in November, the Chandeleur (the crêpes festival, in February…), or French music concerts, among others.

For any information, those interested can consult the website www.alianzafrancesamalaga.es, contact by phone at 627 658 282 or by email at the following address f.lafont@afmalaga.es.

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