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French Ambassador Visits AUK to Celebrate La Francophonie International Week

On the occasion of the International Week of La Francophonie, the Department of Arabic and Foreign Languages at the American University of Kuwait (AUK) invited His Excellency the French Ambassador to Kuwait, Mr. Christian Nakhlé, along with the embassy's Cultural Counselor, Mr. François Brossard to launch an exhibition of scrapbooks created by students from a French class of Professor Joseph Fiannaca, AUK Senior Instructor of French Language and Literature. The Exhibition took place at the AUK Library, and was attended by Dr. Rawda Awwad, Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Ms. Asma Al Kanan, Director of the AUK Library.

Upon their arrival to AUK, the Ambassador and Cultural Counselor met with AUK President Dr. Nizar Hamzeh, and Dr. Awwad, where they discussed possible collaboration opportunities, including the possibility of offering a French Minor at the University. During the meeting, the Embassy expressed it's commitment to provide support should the minor be created.

From Left, Professor Joseph Fiannaca; Ambassador Christian Nakhlé; President Nizar Hamzeh; Mr. François Brossard; and Dr. Rawda Awwad

Following the meeting with the President, Dr. Awwad accompanied the visitors in a tour in the AUK Library where Ms. Al Kanan showed them the collection of French resources available to the AUK community prior to launching the students' exhibition.

The exhibition showcased scrapbooks created by students from Professor Fiannaca's Intermediate French class as a final class project. The project required the students to construct scrapbooks based on characters they created who spend one month in a French language institute in a city in France. Each student was required to select a different city and institute, conduct research on them, and create diary entries and postcards to family and friends, among other scrapbook staples.

"The purpose of this project and such assignments was to give our students the opportunity to express their personal and artistic skills, as well as their French reading and writing skills," said Professor Fiannaca.

AUK Library Tour

As part of their visit, the Ambassador and Cultural Counselor were invited to attend one of Professor Fiannaca's classes. During the session, they interacted with the students and informed them about the variety of activities organized by the French Institute of Kuwait, and finally take some time to participate in a quiz on La Francophonie.

The International Organization of La Francophonie represents one of the biggest linguistic zones in the world which organizes political activities and actions of multilateral cooperation that benefit French-speaking populations. This year, the International Week of La Francophonie coincided with AUK's own annual International Week.

Ambassador's visit to French class

Ambassador's visit to the French Booth in the Global Village

Prof. Fiannaca at the French Booth

Released by the Office of Public Affairs on the 23rd March 2014
Photography by the Office of Public Affairs (C) 2014

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