French is a global language; it’s fun to connect!
French is ranked the fifth most widely spoken language in the world (after Mandarin Chinese). French is used in over 106 countries and territories(second only to English) and spoken across five continents. According to the OIF, more than 300 million people read, speak and write French and this number is growing; French is the second most studied language worldwide. France is the second leading investor in the U.S. with more than 3000 French subsidiaries generating some 700,000 jobs. According to a 2017 report on the U.S. Job Market,French is the third most requested language on the American labor market, particularly in sectors such as insurance, healthcare, finance, and humanitarian aid.
At Lake Forest College, we make classes fun; we connect to the College’s mission of preparing responsible global citizens, while also preparing students to connect to others worldwide for increasingly global careers. You will be able to think critically and communicate effectively regarding current global issues across the francophone world, understand the context of French films and songs, translate French news, prepare for graduate school programs, successfully interview in French for career opportunities in global businesses, and read Romantic poets aloud with perfect pronunciation!
The words of French poet Alphonse de Lamartine encourage us to embark on this journey:
“Le monde est un livre dont chaque pas nous ouvre une page”.
(The world is a book; each step opens a new page for us).