French is one of the major global languages.
French is spoken by over 200 million people on five continents in over forty countries. Speaking French will open up the world to you for education, career, and leisure opportunities.
French, along with English, is the official working language of:
- the United Nations
- the International Olympic Committee
- the Council of Europe
- the European Community
- the International Red Cross
France is a major world leader in medical research, electronics manufacturing, telecommunications and aircraft and car production.
French is always an official language used to announce events, winners, and medals at the Olympic Games. In Canada you can also follow hockey and baseball games in French. Automobile races (Le Mans and Monte Carlo), horse racing (Longchamps), tennis tournaments (French Open), and the Tour de France engage fans around the globe. When you know French, the international world of sports is open to you.
Believe it or not but over 40 to 50% of English vocabulary comes from the French Language. In fact, French has the most words spread out over many different languages. Learning French can even help you understand your own language better! French is also a good language to learn if you plan to learn other romance languages like Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Romanian.
First Year French
Second Year French
National 4 French
National 5 French
Advanced Higher French