The CIAFE Language Centre
Established to contribute to breaking the language barrier in the African and diasporan fashion industry
Regardless of your reasons for learning a foreign language, the language you learn can have an impact on your potential career path. For this reason, many people who are aiming to enter a certain profession learn the language that goes with it. The Language Centre initiative by CIAFE was created to contribute to breaking language barriers globally. Under this initiative, CIAFE has been able to put out three virtual classes, the French, Portuguese and Italian classes have been tremendously beneficial to the attendees of the class, allowing us to keep realising our goal of teaching people in different languages, to help bridge the language barrier gap in communicating with other African countries and other countries of the world.
French Course: Cohort 3
Applications are now open for the third edition of CIAFE's Language Centre beginner French course. The course will take place from 18th January to 8th February 2023 and is an excellent opportunity for fashion educators, professionals, students, or enthusiasts who wish to learn the fundamentals of French and how to communicate with French-speaking professionals in the fashion industry to learn the fundamentals of the language.
The lessons in the course will be held online, and you will need a stable internet connection to join in.
Sign up for the course by clicking on the button below.
Italian Course: Cohort 1
In the fashion industry, Italy is a powerhouse and demonstrating fluency in your spoken Italian will significantly improve your career prospects. This is why in September 2022, The CIAFE Language Centre held 'The Italian Class', a 4-week language course to teach basic Italian terms and fundamental terms to know in fashion. Alongside basic Italian terms, the class taught fundamental terms to know in fashion and the sessions were split into two parts, the first hour of the class is theory lessons delivered by the Italian tutor and the second hour of the class is a practical session with fellow participants. This structure helped the learners hold conversations with people within the fashion industry. The course is beneficial for students, professionals, academics and educators in the fashion community.
French Course: Cohort 2
In the second cohort of our French Course, the participants were able to learn the fundamentals of French in the Spring of 2022. Our maiden open-education French class was held in the Autumn of 2021 and each of the courses was spread over the course of four weeks.
The French class is a great opportunity for fashion educators, professionals, students or enthusiasts who want to learn the basics of French and also learn how to communicate with french speaking people within the fashion industry. Alongside basic french terms, the class teaches fundamental terms to know in fashion, which can help you hold a conversation with people within the fashion industry.
Portuguese Course: Cohort 1
The first instalment of the Portuguese class was also a four-week class that taught the basics of Portuguese to all participants enroled in the programme. The class ended on the 30th of September 2021 and participants were provided with resources to aid their learning.
In 2023, we are bringing back the Portuguese class to help you learn the basics of Portuguese. The class is open to fashion professionals, students, educators and enthusiasts who will like to learn the fundamentals of Portuguese.
Applications are currently closed. Kindly stay tuned for updates regarding the second cohort of the class.
French Course: Cohort 1
Our maiden open-education French class was held in the Autumn of 2021 and was spread over the course of four weeks. Each class lasted for two hours and was held at 1 PM EST/ 5 PM GMT/ 6 PM.
The audience featured students, academics and professionals who learnt the basics of French and also learnt how to communicate with french speaking people within the fashion industry. Our French class instructor Fiona taught the participants the fundamental terms to know in fashion to help with their communication within the fashion industry.
Applications for the French Course are currently closed. Stay tuned for updates.