FRENCH TEACHERS CAME TOGETHER AT SUMMER UNIVERSITY
Izmir Association of Teachers of French (APFIZ) and French Cultural Association started the 2nd Summer University event at Izmir University of Economics.
Ambassador of France Laurent BILI, Chairman of the International Federation of Teachers of French Jean Pierre CUQ, IUE Rector Prof. Dr. Tunçdan Baltacıoğlu, and academicians attended the opening of the event. Prof. Dr. Baltacıoğlu, who delivered the opening speech in French, expressed his gratitude about hosting the Summer University and said that they would be delighted to host it every year.
Prof. Dr. Baltacıoğlu reminded that even thought the medium of instruction was English, a second foreign language was an obligation, he said, “Since the day of our establishment, we have been in close contact with Collaboration for French Attaches. We try to send our lecturers to France every year for internship. We also have collaborations with 10 French Universities as part of ERASMUS agreements. I believe this collaboration will increasingly continue in the coming years.”
Başak Çiftçioğlu, IUE French Department Coordinator and Chairman of Izmir Association of Teachers of French, stated that event was organized for the second time in Izmir. He said, “Teachers of French both from Turkey and all around the world receive week long training on a wide spectrum as part of this event. This allows teachers to have exchange of information, and cultural interaction as well as training. It is an honour to host such an organization. Not only training program but cultural and artistic activities are also being offered throughout the event.”
130 teachers and 23 students of French teaching departments from Izmir Dokuz Eylül University and Aydın Adnan Menderes University attended the event, where 15 trainers provided training on a wide spectrum by allowing teachers of French from all around the world to have exchange of information.