The Department of French of the University of Ghana, Legon, last Friday 14th July, 2017, held the closing ceremony of the 2017 edition of summer school to mark the end of the 6-week intensive French language tuition. The event which took place at the Maison Française conference room in the Reginald Amonoo Building was attended by parents, staff of the department, as well as the participants of the programme. Also gracing the occasion were the Dean of the School of Languages, Prof. Nana Aba Amfo who doubled as a parent and Dr. Cosmos K. M. Badasu.

On behalf of the Head of department, Dr. Badasu welcomed all present and congratulated all participants for taking part in the programme. He also commended parents for their support in making the summer school a success.

The participants of the 2017 summer school were made up of continuing tertiary students, SHS leavers, masters and PhD students as well as some University staff who undertook tuition according their various levels of proficiency. The available levels that were run this year were the beginner and intermediate groups.

In the course of the ceremony, participants treated the audience to beautiful poetry, music and drama performances, all in French, to the admiration of all. In their testimonies, they came up with diverse suggestions about how the summer school could be made better. Some of the suggestions included making the French programme run throughout the academic year in order to provide an opportunity for non-french students to keep learning French after the summer school. Other participants were of the view that French could be made a University of Ghana Required Course (UGRC) in the near future. It was suggested that the subsequent summer school should include classes for learners at the advanced level in order to enable a smooth transition of students from the intermediate to the advanced level. It was also suggested that measures be put in place to encourage students to be punctual so as to fully benefit from the classes being run.

The Dean in her remarks mentioned that steps were already in place to boost the accessibility of the French language to the university community. She added that French would soon be on the list of free elective course that could be selected by students from other departments as well. She however admitted that strides in this direction would have to be made a step at a time.

Certificates were awarded to all participants after which they were encouraged by Dr Badasu in his closing remarks not to let the Summer School be the end of their road with the French language. He cautioned that the language could be lost if not used and reminded the gathering of the usefulness of acquiring French as a second language and its benefits to the country, the sub region and the world.

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