A French Festival for primary schools in Dominica got underway on Wednesday morning as French Day is being observed in Dominica.
The festival is geared at highlighting students’ achievements in learning the French language and at the same time exposing them to various aspects of the French culture.
Various students received awards for their outstanding performances in French and many were engaged in a variety of cultural performances, including dance, song, and choral speech.
The festival is part of the observance of Francophone Month.
Speaking at the festival, Senior Education Officer, Nicholas Goldberg, encouraged students to practice speaking French since learning a foreign language is fun, he said. He added that through practice, speaking the language will eventually come natural to them.
He advised them to listen to French radio programs, read French magazines, and watch French television programs in order to improve their French skills.
The flags of the various Francophone countries were displayed at the festival and the contestants of the first ever Mademoiselle Francophone pageant were in attendance.