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Representative of the public administration of Latvia enhances her skills of the French language in the University of Mons


In April, 2016, the Latvian School of Public Administration organized the scholarship competition for the employees of the public administration for an opportunity to improve the French language skills at the University of Mons. The scholarship was awarded to the Head of the International Relations Department Baiba Jurisone from the State Revenue Service.

From 4-15 July, 2016, the International Francophone Association and the Wallonie-Bruxelles International in cooperation with the University of Mons organized the French language training for international relations and diplomacy. This programme has been carried out already for twenty-two years.

38 students from the European Union (EU) and other countries - Romania, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, The Netherlands, Lithuania, Estonia, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Hungary, The Czech Republic, Serbia, the Ukraine, Morocco, Egypt, China, and Vietnam took part in this training.
The course syllabus contained not only grammar and written communication themes, but also the lectures on the topical issues, such as, the UK referendum on the leaving the EU, human rights, theory of economics of J.M. Keynes, risk management in modern society. A lot of time was allocated to the development of the oral communication skills. The students were supposed to work in groups discussing case studies as well as preparing written reports.  The unforgettable experience for the students was giving their own pre-election campaign speech and training conducted by a professional improvisation actor, who gave recommendations and advice on how to eliminate the presentation skills mistakes.

During the training the students had a chance to visit the European Parliament and the Office of the Wallonie-Bruxelles International in Brussels. On July 14, together with The Alliance Française, the participants marked the celebration of the most outstanding national day – Bastille Day as well as had a chance to attend a film night event specially organized for them. Baiba Jurisone recommends also other people to watch the films she had a chance to see - La famille Belier and Les Rayures du zèbre.
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