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As the leading operator in lifelong training in Europe and the French-speaking world, the CNED not only offers the top public services available in core training (school, high-school and university levels) in France, but also the rest of the world due to its status as a public establishment within the French Ministry for National Education and the Ministry for Higher Education and Research. The centre thus offers courses to around 14,000 children of expatriates wishing to continue schooling under the French national education system, from the final year in infants’ school up to the final year in high school, or even up to the BTS (Brevet de Technicien Supérieur or Higher National Diploma) level. These courses can be followed at home or at French schools approved by the AEFE(1) (Agence pour l’Enseignement Français à l’Étranger) or the Mission Laïque Française(2) (MLF). “We also offer courses adapted to the different situations in which children residing outside of France may find themselves, for example à la carte lessons, teaching supplements or tutoring,” explains Bruno Viale, Deputy Sales Manager at the CNED.
With à la carte lessons, a child enrolled in an American school, for example, can follow the main subjects taught in France, allowing him or her to be reintegrated into the French school system without much difficulty. Meanwhile, teaching supplements allow children enrolled in French schools to have lessons in subjects that are not taught in their schools, for example Italian. Grades obtained are then added to their school reports. Finally, AtoutCned is a useful tutoring system for those overseas where home tutoring solutions may not be easy to find.
In the context of long-distance programmes for the teaching of French as a foreign language (FLE or français langue étrangère), the pupils are overseas-based French teachers wishing to acquire a certain number of didactic tools for their professional training (Pro FLE), or else persons wishing to learn how to teach French to non-French-speaking locals as is the case for many spouses of expatriates. In this case, there is the option of choosing between the traditional FLE university programme and the DAEFLE (Diplôme d’Aptitude à l’Enseignement du FLE, a diploma for teaching FLE), that enables holders to teach at Alliances Françaises(3), Instituts Français(4) and language centres. In addition, economic globalisation means that more and more French people are setting up companies – telephone platforms or otherwise – overseas, and therefore need to hire employees with a certain level of French. This required language level gis uaranteed by certain programmes offered by the CNED, namely the DILF (Diplôme Initial de Langue Française or Initial Diploma in French Language), the DELF (Diplôme d’Études en Langue Française or Diploma in French Language), and the DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française or Diploma of Advanced French Language Studies).
Undoubtedly the least well-known of the CNED’s training offers is in long-distance training engineering – an undeniable asset helping the establishment with already seventy years of experience behind it in its aim to develop internationally. In many countries, namely French-speaking Africa, the CNED thus transfers its savoir-faire to other structures wishing to set up long-distance training programmes themselves, an objective requiring a specific logistical set-up: platforms, trained tutors, and so on. “We also have the means to offer training programmes in response to the specific needs of big companies,” adds Bruno Viale. “Take the example of an automobile manufacturer set up overseas that needs to train its staff without having the time nor the means to do so itself… The CNED can take care of this with adapted solutions, an industrial BTS in this case, or simply a few modules of this BTS, with face-to-face classes if there are more than a certain number of participants or long-distance classes. A tailor-made offer in other words.”
(1) The AEFE is a national public establishment in charge of piloting, supporting and coordinating the global network of French educational establishments.
(2) An association created under the French 1901 law, the MLF manages schools and high schools outside of France. Its aim is to diffuse French language and culture worldwide.
(3) The Alliance Française is an organisation whose purpose is to bring French culture to the rest of the world, namely via the teaching of French.
(4) The Institut Français is a public establishment whose aim is to promote French cultural initiatives outside of France.