Teaching English in France: Kenyans are set to start teaching English in France. The first to start teaching will be a group of 122 who have been recruited as trainers of English. This group had already familiarized with the French school system before it flew out of the country on September 24, 2021. The group is expected the work stations in France by the beginning of October.
France Ambassador Aline Kuster-Menager said the cohort will be the third in the programme within the linguistic cooperation with Kenya. “You are on the threshold of a great adventure! Human, professional, educational and international. Focus on the teaching assistants of English in French schools represents a strong symbol of Franco-Kenyan cooperation and friendship,” said Kuster-Menager.
Kenyans rated second most fluent English speakers
The initiative under the Ministry of Education of France allows students from 63 countries to teach English in the European country in primary and secondary schools for seven months. “You will see that young French people are afraid of making mistakes when they speak English, so your mission will be to make them want to speak,” she added.
Kenyans have previously been rated as the second most fluent English speakers in Africa by Education First, a global private language tutor which is based in Switzerland. The English Proficiency Index (EPI) ranked Kenya behind South Africa. Globally, Kenya was placed at position 18 while South Africa came in sixth. The ranking placed Netherlands as the world’s best in competency level.