Delhi Public School R.K. Puram organized a Guest Speaker Programme on “Scope and Relevance of the French language” on 31 October 2023 for the French students of classes VII-VIII in the guidance of Principal Ms. Padma Srinivasan.
The First Guest speaker, Dr. Shubhra Gupta has been teaching French at the School of Global Affairs at Ambedkar University Delhi since the completion of her doctorate in literary translation from Jawaharlal Nehru University. She has a diverse experience of teaching French at various institutes like the School of Foreign Languages of the Ministry of Defence and the Alliance française de Delhi (french institute) where she teaches even now. She is also a certified DELF examiner. Furthermore, she has also worked as a casual translator and announcer for French at All India Radio.
The second Guest speaker, Dr. Anuj Sharma teaches French at Ambedkar University Delhi’s School of Global Affairs as an Adjunct faculty and at the School of Vocational Studies as a Guest faculty. He is also teaching at Alliance Francaise (french institute) in Delhi. has also taught French at the IIT, Delhi as a Guest Faculty and at Amity University, Noida. Besides teaching French, he has also worked as a casual translator and announcer at the French Unit of All India Radio, Delhi. He has done his doctorate in French from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is also a certified DELF examiner.
The Vice Principal and HOD, Foreign Languages Department Mr. Anil Kumar Kathuria, subject teachers, and students of classes VII and VIII attended the session. Mr. Kathuria welcomed the guest speakers with a small token of appreciation and addressed the audience with his kind and encouraging words . Ms Gupta and Mr. Sharma conducted a very interactive session. Firstly, they emphasised on the relevance of language and culture through a small quiz session.They talk about presence of french multinational companies in India, India’s strategic partnership with France, DELF examination, scholarships in higher education, presence of french in day to day lives, career opportunities and above all the relevance of taking french in classes IX and X. The entire session was very interactive and the audience thoroughly enjoyed it. The session concluded with a Question/Answer session which was well appreciated by the attendees. The programme concluded with a Vote of Thanks proposed by Mr. Vaibhav Popli. The event was organized by the French department under the guidance of the Vice Principal, Mr Kathuria with the help of technical support from AVH staff. The programme was a huge success.