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Making a diagnosis of the teaching of French in The Gambia (regions 1 and 2)

Following the signature of the partnership between France and The Gambia on the 20th of June 2019, the first part of the project « Supporting the teaching of French in The Gambia » has been launched.

Making a diagnosis of the teaching of French in The Gambia (regions 1 and 2)

Until now, 87 monitoring visits have been done in French classes of 29 public schools in the regions 1 and 2. Around ten classes in lower basic schools (G1 to G6), ten classes in senior secondary schools (G10 to G12) and 70 classes in upper basic schools (G7 to G9) have been visited.

The team of pedagogical advisers, trained from September 2018 to February 2019, has been involved in visiting a large scale of schools and grades, in order to identify the positive aspects of the system and pinpoint the possibilities of improvement.

Most of the visited teachers are confident when they deliver a course in front of students but they struggle to fully master the French language and use pedagogical tools dedicated to the teaching of French as Foreign Language. They indeed find it difficult to plan lessons, to write a lesson plan or to implement a didactic scheme.

Pedagogical advisers have also drawn up a list of logistical difficulties in the visited schools :

  • A lack of French books (two or three students have often to share the same book),
  • Only a few hours dedicated to the teaching of French (1H30 per week),
  • Crowded classes (between 40 and 65 students per class),
  • A lack of cohesion among French teachers and French students (no French departments and French clubs in every schools and no partnerships between schools).

Many thanks to the pedagogical advisers who visited the schools: Fatou Drammeh, Ndeye Maty Paye, Mame Tute Gaye, Sadibou Badjie, Ousainou Gai, Abdourahman Nyang, Oumie Awa Jallow, Fatoumata Jobe, Ismaila Sonko, Kalissa Kolley, Jim Momar Bittaye, Gassama Foday.