DepEd to continue teaching French in select public schools in 2013


MANILA, Philippines — French language will be taught to more public high school students in 2013 after the successful instruction of French as a language elective in select schools in the past three years.

The Department of Education and the Embassy of France on Thursday renewed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) that would extend for four years French instruction in select public high schools.

“We need to expand this program… Every Filipino student must learn a second foreign language aside from English,” Education Secretary Armin Luistro said during the MOA signing held at the French embassy in Makati City.

French Ambassador Gilles Garachon said in renewing the MOA, they would work on improving the quality of teaching French and improve exchanges between Filipinos and French nationals.

He said they also wanted to help the students being taught French to eventually study in France.

At present, French is taught by 19 trained teachers in 13 public high schools in the National Capital Region and Region VII.

Around 1,500 students are taught French as an elective.

Some of the participating schools offer the elective to third and fourth year students, while some offer the elective as early as first year of high school.

Under the new MOA, French will be taught at the National School of Digos in Davao Del Sur in 2013.

An additional 12 teachers will undergo training on teaching French.

“We’re very impressed with the quality of French instruction in secondary schools,” said the French embassy’s cultural counselor Christian Merer.

Foreign languages were first taught in public high schools in 2009, beginning with Spanish, Japanese and French. German and Chinese languages were later added.

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  • Iggy Ramirez

    French has little to no use these days.

    Choose one of the following languages first before even considering french
    1. Arabic
    2. Japanese
    3. Mandarin

    • Miko Suria

      That might be so, but consider that French is closely related to Spanish and Italian. A lot of similar and familiar words to English speakers too.

      Also, French is an official language of the United Nations and most international institutions.

  • dennis

    Wow! That´s not easy to learn! In French,they got 12 articles to learn and it´s usage! Unlike in English,we only have “the”…Anyway,Goodluck and keep it up DEPed!

  • Bobby Espedilla

    walang ka kwenta-kwentang aralin di mo naman magagamit yan eh mas maige pa chinese ang aralin mo di ka pa maloloko ng mga intsek na mandaraya!

  • soul.assassin

    If we need another language to learn, I think we should use a practical foreign tongue that is relevant to our economic advancement, not just for show.

  • Pinoy_Reich

    Even though I hate China for what it has done in the WPS, I believe we should instead institute Chinese, Arabic, Japanese and Bahasa  language in our curriculum. 

    In 20 years there will be more arabic speakers in France than the French themselves and perhaps, judging by the way our currents crop of leaders and politicians mindset regarding China, we’ll be one of China’s provinces one day ..soon. So let’s start learning Mandarin asap.

    I know some pick-up lines in Chinese though, goes something like this:

    “Choro ro pong pong yok
    Choro ro pong pang plu
    Chidang bo bochichang chidi kong kong plok
    Di bai botchok, chidi di plok
    Chidi dokok wok, chodo dokok ngok ngok”


  • opinyonlangpo

    Useless and waste of time and money. A second foreign language should be learned by those who are going to need it from specialized schools. The DepEd is deemed to repeat the same mistake when they taught spanish language in college and not even one was able to speak it fluently and more on not able to use it.Seems the DepEd doesnt know what to do with the additional school years and just fill it up with BS teachings. Instead of languages why not fill it with some vocational skills or computer skills.

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