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Why Learn French?

 

A world language

More than 220 million people speak French on the five continents. The OIF, an international organisation of French-speaking countries, comprises 77 member States and governments. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. A language for travel
France is the world’s top tourist destination and attracts more than 79,5 million visitors a year. The ability to speak even a little French makes it so much more enjoyable to visit Paris and all the regions of France (from the mild climes of the Cote d’Azur to the snow-capped peaks of the Alps via the rugged coastline of Brittany) and offers insights into French culture, mentality and way of life. French also comes in handy when travelling to Africa, Switzerland, Canada, Monaco, the Seychelles and other places.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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).
8. 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.
9. A language for learning other languages
French is a good base for learning other languages, especially Romance languages (Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Romanian) as well as English, since fifty per cent of current English vocabulary is derived from French.
10. The language of love and reason
First and foremost, learning French is the pleasure of learning a beautiful, rich, melodious language, often called the language of love. French is also an analytical language that structures thought and develops critical thinking, which is a valuable skill for discussions and negotiations.
 
ADDITIONAL READINGS:
What can parents do with struggling students?  Even if you've never taken French, you can help your student succeed!  Please read the following article.

 

 

Absences

When a student is absent, s/he is

A lot of information regarding the class can be found at our Wiki.  This will grow throughout the year.

www.madamesundberg.wikispaces.com

 

Absences:

When a student is absent, s/he is expected to come to the French classroom between 7:45-8:15 the day after the absence to get missing work, warm-ups and vocabulary.

This benefits the absent student as they have time to get individual attention for their questions and explanations of the work. A foreign language class cannot be effectively made up by handing a student a photocopy during class.

Additionally time spent catching up a student who was absent affects all of the other students in class. They lose valuable instructional time. How much? More than you may realize.

Everyday, there are students absent from class. This means that in almost every class period, someone needs to be caught up. That's 180 days of instruction.

It takes at a minimum five minutes to do so. 

Class periods are 45 minutes long.

180 days X 5 minutes= 900 minutes of lost instructional time.

900 minutes/ 45 minutes classes= 20 days of class time lost

20 days of class time lost= ONE WHOLE MONTH of lost instructional time.

Please encourage your student to make up his/her work by following this procedure. It benefits everyone in the class.

Tutoring

 

Before you come to tutoring, you must: 

1. Let Mme know you are coming by end of class. 

2. Know what you want to work on. Print an activity off from the files on the wiki. Do it and be ready to check it together for understanding. Please do not come to tutoring and say "I just don't get it." Know yourself as a learner.

 Tutoring will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:45-8:15 am in the French room.  

 

 

Students and parents are encouraged to sign up for Remind text messaging service.

French 4 Please send the text message

@profsundb to 81010

 French 2:  Please send the text message

@a4a456 to 81010

French 5AP:  Please send the text message  @franais5a to 81010