International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

French Language and Francophone Culture in Sub-Saharan Africa -- Interdisciplinary Reflections on Multilingualism and French Language Education
Franco Gandolfi, Mensimah Thompson Kwaffo, Robert McAndrews, Ph.D., Steven J. Sacco, Kathleen Stein-Smith, PhD

This article, a qualitative research study based on an informal survey, examines the role and significance of French as a global and local language around the world, especially within the multilingual context of Sub-Saharan Africa, and their impact on language teaching, learning and use. Issues include building awareness and appreciation of the global role of French and the diversity of the Francophone world, accessibility, affordability, and advocacy, as well as the role of online education is supporting both accessibility and affordability. Future needs include program and curriculum creation, teacher training, development of learning materials, as well as funding for learners. Implications for future research and practice are discussed.

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