A group of 39 English-speaking students from Tanzania and Uganda arrived earlier this month at the University of Madagascar's Institute of Applied Languages to follow a 3-month post-graduate course in French.
UNIVERSITY BUILDINGS; LANGUAGE LABORATORY; TEACHER AND STUDENTS WORKING FROM TAPE RECORDERS; OTHERS WORKING FROM SLIDES; LIVING QUARTERS; CANTEEN.
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Background: A group of 39 English-speaking students from Tanzania and Uganda arrived earlier this month at the University of Madagascar's Institute of Applied Languages to follow a 3-month post-graduate course in French.
Since the language school was opened in 1965 under an agreement the French and Malagasy governments, 450 students from Madagascar, Malawi, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia and Nigeria, have taken the one-year or 3-month courses given in the modern language laboratories.
The courses are not limited to basic language only - in an effort to provide a solid background in both French and African culture, they also include literature and civilisation studies in the curriculum.
The students, who have all received scholarships from the French government, include engineers and journalists who are studying for degrees in Practical French, French Studies and Higher French Studies.
The theory and language laboratory classes are supplemented by sessions of slide projection, films, debates and field studies in industrial and agricultural centres.
At the moment there are 86 students following the courses which are destined to not only give them a solid knowledge of the French language and civilisation but to help in bringing about contacts between Malagasy students and those of other African universities.
The students live on the campus in special modern living quarters, with individual bedroom-studios and ample canteens.
In their free time, the students are encouraged to participate in the other activities of Madagascar University, such as swimming, tennis, football, rugby and judo - all under the tutelage of the university coaches.