Lecture on role of language in integration

ABU DHABI — Has language become the passport for integration into a new community? This is one of the issues that will be dwelt upon at the ‘Language and Integration’ lecture on May 17 at the Alliance Francaise in Abu Dhabi. The lecture will commence at 6 pm.


Silvia Radan

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Published: Sun 13 May 2007, 8:31 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 4:22 AM

Starting from the French experience, speaker Prof. Claire Extramiana will talk about the importance of language as a tool for communication in the case of foreigners or immigrants in a new country.

The lecture is a follow-up to the recent launch in France of Diplome Initial de Langue Francaise (Initial Diploma of French Language), necessary for a foreigner who desires to settle down in France.

Since January 1, 2007, it has become mandatory for European Union non-residents, who intend to live in France, to be able to speak French at least at the basic level.

The language rule is not restricted to France, though. A recent study has shown that more and more western countries are considering language as one of the main conditions for integration of a foreigner into his chosen host country.

Prof. Extramiana is incharge of the mission for French language and educational activities, affiliated to the French Ministry of Culture and Communication.

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