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FCG : français langue étrangère

France Bleu Isère samedi 11 avril 2015 à 6:00

Mike Prendergast, en cours avec Ophélie, une de ses professeures de Français
Mike Prendergast, en cours avec Ophélie, une de ses professeures de Français

Le club de rugby de Grenoble met en place, pour ses joueurs étrangers, des ateliers pour apprendre le français. Mais pas facile de concilier emploi du temps de sportif de haut niveau et apprentissage. Surtout quand un match aussi serré que celui de ce samedi s'annonce : le FCG reçoit le RC Toulon pour la 22ème journée de top 14.

"Au niveau des cours, c’est très original. Ce n’est pas un public dont on a l’habitude dans ce métier ". Pour Sarah et Ophélie, les deux professeures, il est parfois difficile d’apprendre le français aux 18 rugbymen professionnels du club inscrits à ces ateliers. Entre les impératifs d’emploi du temps et le manque de volonté de certains, les effectifs varient fortement d’une semaine à l’autre. Surtout à l’approche des matchs importants, comme la réception de Toulon ce samedi 11 avril.

Mais tout se passe dans le sourire et la bonne humeur. "Ils viennent pour jouer au rugby, pas forcément pour apprendre. Mais ils se rendent bien compte qu’ils en ont besoin, notamment sur le terrain " confie Sarah, qui s’occupe également des compagnes des membres du groupe grenoblois.

D'abord, le vocabulaire du rugby

Au menu des cours : l’apprentissage, dans un premier temps, du vocabulaire propre au rugby, nécessaire pour être compris une fois sur le terrain. "Un coach va avoir besoin de communiquer et d’être clair. On va donc faire un travail sur la grammaire et la prononciation ", détaille Sarah, qui travaille pour la société Contact d Pro, organisme de formation pour les sportifs de haut niveau.

Mais une grande partie du travail se fait également une fois que les "élèves" ont quitté le stade. "C’est vrai qu’ils vivent en France, donc ils progressent aussi beaucoup à l’extérieur du cours, notamment ceux qui font l’effort de parler français dans les situations de tous les jours " raconte celle qui boucle sa troisième saison dans ce rôle.

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D’ailleurs, Mike Prendergast est l’un des élèves les plus assidu. Coach des arrières, il n’avait pas eu le temps d’apprendre correctement le français lors de son année comme demi de mêlée à Bourgoin (2006-2007). Avec son changement de rôle, impossible d’échapper aux cours. Équipé de son cahier, il note scrupuleusement les remarques de ses deux professeures, et peste, dans un rire, contre la difficulté de la langue française.

Mike Prendergast : "c'est difficile de...par francebleu-rhonealpesbourgogne

 

Trois groupes de niveau

Staff et joueurs sont répartis dans trois groupes de niveau (débutant, intermédiaire et expert) établis en fonction de leur date d’arrivée dans la capitale des Alpes. Certains, comme Ben Hand, Bernard Jackman ou Henry Vanderglas, au club depuis plusieurs années, ont fait des progrès considérables, et sont capables de tenir des conversations sans trop de problèmes, notamment avec les journalistes qui les interrogeront samedi, après la réception des Toulonnais.

Écrit et mis en ligne par Martial DebeauxVidéos par Oriane Manca 

 

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