Training of French teachers in the design of a pedagogical Escape Game
The Embassy of France in Bahrain, in collaboration with the University of Bahrain and, more particularly, the Centre des Études françaises, organized from November 4 to 7, an innovative training course for French teachers.
This workshop was part of "Digital November, the month of digital cultures". This concept, introduced in 2017 by the Institut français Paris, encourages French network institutions abroad to schedule events related to the many areas in which digital technology can be used, such as the teaching of French.
Two trainers from the LIDILE research unit, headed by Dr Elisabeth Richard of the University of Rennes II, France, came specially to give a remarkable training: the aim was for Bahrain’s French teachers to set up, at the end of the 20 hours of training, an Escape Game for teaching FLE (French as a Foreign Language). Thus, two pedagogical Escape rooms on the theme "Voyager/ Aller étudier en France" (“travel/ study in France”) were created within the Centre des Etudes françaises of Bahrain and were tested by learners, who were enthusiastic about the experience. The training also enchanted of all the participants, who, during an intense work week, were able to work in teams on a pedagogical scenario, discover digital tools that are easy to use in French as a foreign language (FLE) classes and left with a new tool that is entirely relevant to language learning.
The week began with the testing of a set, set up at the Alliance française, and designed by the two trainers, which has been used many times in various contexts, but always with the same success. This occurrence was no exception, as Alliance learners also enjoyed playing on the "Red Planet Set".