French is a world language. Why should you learn French ?
- More than 220 million people speak French on the five continents. French is the second most widely learned foreign language after English, and the sixth most widely spoken language in the world.
French is also the only language, alongside English, that is taught in every country in the world. France operates the biggest international network of cultural institutes, which run French-language courses for close on a million learners.
- A language for the job market.
The ability to speak French and English is an advantage on the international job market. A knowledge of French opens the doors of French companies in France and other French-speaking parts of the world (Canada, Switzerland, Belgium, and the continent of Africa). As the world’s fifth biggest economy and third-ranking destination for foreign investment, France is a key economic partner.
- The language of culture
French is the international language of cooking, fashion, theatre, the visual arts, dance and architecture. A knowledge of French offers access to great works of literature in the original French, as well as films and songs. French is the language of Victor Hugo, Molière, Léopold Sendar Senghor, Edith Piaf, Jean-Paul Sartre, Alain Delon and Zinedine Zidane.
- A language for higher education.
Speaking French opens up study opportunities at renowned French universities and business schools, ranked among the top higher education institutions in Europe and the world. Students with a good level of French are eligible for French government grants to enroll in postgraduate courses in France in the discipline of their choice and qualify for internationally recognised degrees.
- The other language of international relations
French is both a working language and an official language of the United Nations, the European Union, UNESCO, NATO, the International Olympic Committee, the International Red Cross and international courts. French is the language of the three cities where the EU institutions are headquartered: Strasbourg, Brussels and Luxembourg.
- A language that opens up the world
After English and German, French is the third most widely used language on the Internet, ahead of Spanish. An ability to understand French offers an alternative view of the world through communication with French speakers from all over the world and news from the leading French-language international media (TV5, France 24 and Radio France Internationale).
- A language that is fun to learn
French is an easy language to learn. There are many methods on the market that make learning French enjoyable for children and adults alike. It does not take long to reach a level where you can communicate in French.
- French is also an analytical language that structures thought and develops critical thinking, which is a valuable skill for discussions and negotiations.
- French is an official working language in dozens of international organizations, including the United Nations, International Olympic Committee, and International Red Cross.
- French is the lingua franca of culture, including art, cuisine, dance, and fashion. France has won more Nobel Prizes for literature than any other country in the world and is one of the top producers of international films.
- French is the second most frequently used language on the internet. French is ranked the 2nd most influential language in the world.
CAN UNDERSTAND AND USE FAMILIAR EVERYDAY EXPRESSIONS AND VERY BASIC PHRASES. CAN INTRODUCE HIM/HERSELF AND OTHERS AND CAN ASK AND ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT PERSONAL DETAILS.
CAN UNDERSTAND SENTENCES AND FREQUENTLY USED EXPRESSIONS RELATED TO AREAS OF MOST IMMEDIATE RELEVANCE (e.g. VERY BASIC PERSONAL AND FAMILY INFORMATION, SHOPPING, LOCAL GEOGRAPHY, EMPLOYMENT).
CAN DEAL WITH MOST SITUATIONS LIKELY TO ARISE WHILE TRAVELING IN AN AREA WHERE THE LANGUAGE IS SPOKEN.
CAN UNDERSTAND THE MAIN IDEAS OF COMPLEX TEXTS ON BOTH CONCRETE AND ABSTRACT TOPICS INCLUDING TECHNICAL DISCUSSIONS IN HIS/HER FIELD OF SPECIALIZATION.
CAN USE LANGUAGE FLEXIBLY AND EFFECTIVELY FOR SOCIAL, ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL PURPOSES.
CAN SUMMARIZE INFORMATION FROM DIFFERENT SPOKEN AND WRITTEN SOURCES.CAN EXPLAIN HIM/HERSELF SPONTANEOUSLY, VERY FLUENTLY AND PRECISELY.