Summary Of Address On The Importance Of A Working Knowledge Of French

Professor Moussa Traore, an Associate Professor at the Department of English of the University of Cape Coast, Ghana outlined the importance of a working knowledge of French during La Semaine de la Francophonie for Alliance Française, UCC.

During La Semaine de la Francophonie, Professor Moussa Traore said a working knowledge of French is a level situated between the beginner’s  level and the expert’s level and it is the surest and safest way to have an advantage over other applicants. He likened the importance of French to English and described French as “hot language” thus in more demand today. “The era of glory of English is over” he said, and congratulated Anglophones who take up the challenge of learning French.

Professor Moussa Traore hinted that Anglophones realize how learning French helps them. As a result: more scholarship is awarded to Anglophone citizens by the French government. He also stated that, Alliance Française is getting stronger and stronger, wider and wider and it is implanted in every English speaking area.

The English Professor indicated that, a working knowledge of French guarantees an international job today in embassies, High Commissions, etc. and mentioned a few examples: Kofi Annan (Ghana) over Amara Essi (Côte d’Ivoire), Madam Fatma Samoura (Sénégal), Boss of FIFA and speaks French, English, Spanish, Portuguese, etc. He mentioned what the Cultural Awareness of French has to offer in terms of Art (Literature), Cuisine, “Finesse”, Romance, Sports, etc.

Professor Moussa Traore concluded by stating that The Teaching of French is taken more seriously today in Ghana as Trained instructors are employed, not any “French Man” is let into the classroom.

Moussa Traoré is Associate Professor at the Department of English of the University of Cape Coast, Ghana.

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