In 2003, the founders of the association noticed that for several years the department of Gers had seen an increase in the number of non-French-speaking foreigners but that there were very few structures that could allow them to quickly acquire French, in order to ease their integration. It is to address this need that the NATIF association was created on September 26, 2003 in Auch, a traveling organization for teaching French to foreigners meeting 3 objectives :
Develop educational and cultural activity in rural areas.
Promote the integration of individuals in situations of exclusion (due to the language barrier).
Our first year was devoted to gauging the feasibility study of the project, we surveyed possible audiences and needs, and met with the various potential partners.
The activity, the first courses started in September 2004.
The association was declared a training organization specializing in French as a Foreign Language and literacy in 2006.
As of 2011, NATIF has been subsidized to offer additional teaching in French as a foreign language and in literacy for newcomers who have signed a CIR (Republican Integration Contract) and refugees.
In 2015, we joined the city contract signed for the “Grand Garros” district and received a subsidy to support allophone people in the district in their learning of French. .
That same year, NATIF was approved as a TCF (French Knowledge Tests) exam center by France Éducation International, under the supervision of the Ministry of National Education.
In 2018, two of the trainers obtained their certification as examiners-correctors for the DELF (diploma in French language studies) and DALF (advanced diploma in the French language).
Along with its training activity and when the sanitary situation allows it, NATIF, since 2013, has been accompanying its learners to a selection of shows and films in order to introduce them to French art and culture. These cultural outings are made possible thanks to a partnership with CIRCA and Ciné 32.
Currently, NATIF offers training in different municipalities in the department and has developed distance training, following the health situation, but also to address the issue of mobility for certain people.
Learners are between the age of 16 and 80, and are either :
adults in a personal training process,
adults in the process of improving the language for professional needs,
unaccompanied foreign minors (unaccompanied minors)