The Foreign Language Center

French

Why should I learn French?

If you are taking a vacation to France, Quebec, Switzerland, Haiti or Morocco.

Ability to communicate with a family member.

Widen your career options, by becoming a translator, a tour guide, French teacher,

or relief worker in regions such as Haiti.

It can also help your career in the legal field, with some terms being French based.

French is an excellent gateway language to other languages, especially the Romance Languages which all came from a latin background.

French is also a language that many creole languages were based from, including Haitian Creole, therefore, it is a great way to learn that language as well.

Estimates show French as reaching 1 billion speakers by 2060.

 

How long will it take for me to learn the language?

The timeline to learn languages is different for

each person. It depends on: 

If you know other languages.

How much do you really want to learn the language?

How much effort you put into it.

However, on average someone can reach level of proficiency

(the level of feeling comfortable having a conversation with a

native speaker, without having a loss for words) between 2 to 3 years.

 

Who speaks French?

French is an official language of the United Nations.

French is the official language of 29 countries:

France                                                       Canada

Belguim                                                    Haiti

Benin                                                        Burkina Faso

Burundi                                                    Cameroon

Central African Republic                        Chad

Comoros                                                   Republic of the Congo

Ivory Coast                                               Democratic Republic of the Congo

Djibouti                                                    Equitorial Guinea

Gabon                                                       Guinea

Madagascar                                             Mali

Monaco                                                    Niger

Rwanda                                                    Senegal

Seychelles                                                Switzerland

Togo                                                          Luxembourg

Vanuatu                                                   

French is the primary language or an administrative language of the following countries and regions:

Algeria                                                                    Andorra

French Polynesia                                                   French Southern & Antartic Lands

Italy (Aosta Valley region)                                    Mauritania

Mauritius                                                               Morocco

New Caledonia                                                      Tunisia

United Kingdom (Jersey & Guernsey)

 

How many people speak French?

About 300 million people speak French worldwide.

Approximately 365,000 people in the United States speak French, with Louisianna being the largest population.
French is the 6th most spoken language in the world.

French is the 4th most spoken language in the United States.

 

You already know a great deal of French than you thought.

About 30% of English vocabulary comes from French, which is about 80,000 words.

Some examples are: joy, blue, orange, cinema, television, etc.

*** The above figures come from Wikipedia 

 

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France

The ESL & TOEFL Associates ALSO OFFERS CULTURE & TRAVEL COURSES IN FRENCH ! CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION! 

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Our Course Offerings for Adults & Children

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French for Children I

 

This class was developed for children with no previous background or little background in reading, writing and speaking French. These are all areas that will be practiced as a class, with partners and individually. The class will begin with the Alphabet for pronunciation and will progress from that to multiple topics including:

 

  • Greetings

  • Numbers(0-30)

  • Colors

  • Adjectives

  • Time

  • Family

  • Verbs

  • Culture about the French Language

  • Some culture about France

 

By the end of the course each student should be able to introduce themselves and others in French. They will also be able to create a basic sentence describing a person or an object.

 

The class will incorporate partner and class activities from puzzles, short videos, music clips, index card games, etc., as a form of learning grammar and vocabulary.

French for Children II

The course is for students with a general background of French. The child should already know the Basic Introduction, Greetings, & Goodbye Phrases, along with the Alphabet. The class will begin with a general review of Level I topics listed above. The class will then continue with the following topics:

 

  • Classroom Vocabulary

  • Numbers(above 30 to 50)

  • Creating Schedules

  • Adjectives

  • Sentences become more complex

  • Some culture about Quebec

 

By the end of the course each student should be able to discuss their daily schedule and meetings in detail. as to what they have to do at a certain time or on a certain day of the week. Also, their sentence structure will have become more complex than "I am American", for instance.

 

The class will utilize partner and class activities from puzzles, short videos, music clips, index card games, etc., as a form of learning grammar and vocabulary.

 

Quebec

More classes will be offered as demand for French classes rises.

 

 

    Although teens and adults

are grouped together in the following description, there are separate classes for the groups. The difference between the classes is the pacing of the class, and some of the class activities are altered for the specific age group and interests.

French for Teens and Adults I

 

This course was created for students with no previous knowledge of French. 

Reading, writing, and speaking will be practiced as a class, with partners and individually. The class will begin with the pronunciation and will progress from that to multiple topics, some of which can be chosen by the student, including:

 

  • Greetings

  • Basic expressions

  • Verbs

  • Numbers 0-30

  • Time

  • Creating basic sentences

  • Some culture of the language, and the countries that speak the language

 

By the end of the course each student should be able to introduce themselves and others, as well as create a basic sentence describing a person or an object.

 

This class includes conversations and short written assignments, music clips, videos, poems, short newspaper articles, and images.

 

French for Teens & Adults II

 

The students should have a general background in French. The class will begin with a general review of the above topics listed under Level I and then continue from that point to include topics such as:

 

  • Classroom vocabulary

  • Numbers(above 30 to 100)

  • More adjectives

  • Days of the week

  • Months

  • Weather

  • Verbs

  • Shapes

  • Colors

 

By the end of the course each student should be able to discuss their daily schedule in detail in French. And should be able to label and describe the physical look of an object in French.

 

This class will include conversations and short written assignments, music clips, videos, poems, short newspaper articles, and images.

BUILD YOUR OWN CLASS !

 

We are always looking for ideas for new classes. Contact us with any ideas you might have.

 

If you do not see the class you want, then build your own class. Tell us what your specific needs are and we will create a class around them. You will have one-on- one tutoring from our staff !!! 

 

Contact us for further details !