France Ambassador Philippe Gustin: We have never had so many pupils learning French

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France Ambassador to Romania Philippe Gustin, who, on Tuesday, at the National College ‘Alexandru Papiu Ilarian’ of Targu Mures (central Romania), participated in the inauguration of the DELF Centre – Diplome Elementaire en Langue Francaise (Elementary Degree in the French Language), said that there had never been so many pupils in Romania learning French.

‘Even if I hear every day pessimists saying that the French language is almost dead in Romania, I am telling them in a technical manner that we have never had more pupils learning French as today. Today, about 40 percent of the pupils study French. Moreover, the language is not learnt same as 20-30 years ago, at present young people learn it for more pragmatic, more concrete reasons. That is why it is important that we change the learning method, that we support teachers in this change, that we propose pupils French language certificates,’ Philippe Gustin told a press conference.

The examination centre DELF (A1-B1) Targu Mures established based on a partnership with the French Institute of Cluj-Napoca (central-western Romania) will conduct the first examination session in November 2013 and the purpose of these examinations will consist of obtaining a permanent degree on the corresponding level of French language competence.

The forerunning stages of these examinations are scheduled this month.

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