The Department of French at An-Najah National University was established in 1999 and offers a 4 -year BA programme in French. The Department is constantly seeking development through adding new subjects in training professional translators and teachers of French qualified for the job market.
The French Department’s aim to produce graduates who are innovative, competent, and confident users of French who would contribute effectively to their community.

The program vision aims at raising students’ efficiency in French and preparing them to meet the needs of the local community and to continue their graduate studies by providing the necessary skills and knowledge and strengthening their capacities for critical thinking and independent work.

This program aims at constantly providing extracurricular activities through workshops and seminars, which are held in the department during the academic year. The program’s new vision lies in departments’ integration and cooperation in order to improve students’ efficiency in different fields. The Francophone Resource Center at the French Department aims at developing students’ skills in learning and teaching French. The center is equipped with the most modern appliances, monitors and educational materials.

General Objectives:
The Department of French is constantly seeking to expand its majors, preparing qualified cadres who can apply modern teaching methods to serve the local community. It also aims at preparing students to practice the language in another domain, different form the traditional ones. These objectives are:

  1. Preparing specialized translators.
  2. Preparing French teachers to meet the schools’ and the field work needs.
  3. Enhancing An-Najah students’ efficiencies in communicating in French for the sake of creativity, and working in a world that aspires to development.

Students Outcomes:
The project aims at achieving the following outcomes:

  1. Improving the student’s ability in critical and scientific thinking.
  2. Improving the student’s ability in work independence and scientific research.
  3. Reinforcing communication and leadership skills.
  4. Reinforcing students’ translation skills.
  5. Reinforcing comprehension and literary appreciation.
  6. Raising students’ efficiency in methods of teaching French for non-speakers.
  7. Raising students’ efficiency in comparative critical thinking between the living languages and Arabic language.
  8. Reinforcing the cultural communication with other civilizations and bringing in what meets with the local community culture.

Local, regional, or international references in setting the teaching goals and outcomes (academic or vocational):
The Consulate General of France in Jerusalem provides technical and academic support for the Bachelor’s program in the French Language.

The role of partners from outside the university in preparing the curricula (the private, service and governmental sectors):
The Consulate General in Jerusalem supervises the process of raising the level of teaching the French language, technically and academically; it offers a two-year contract teacher to assist in teaching the French language, and it holds regular meetings for the sake of unifying the competencies between universities that teach French.

Successive Chairpersons:

2015 - Now:
  • 2012-2015

    Maha Allam Fawzi Atmeh

  • 2011-2012

    Feronike Mago

  • 2010-2011

    Maha Allam Fawzi Atmeh

  • 2009-2010

    Waseem Khaled Abel-Qader Bishawi

  • 2007-2009

    Tharwat Netham Hashem Hijawi

  • 2001-2007

    Bilal Wasfi Suleiman Shafie`