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French as a 2nd or 3rd foreign language.
A round dozen points for you

Þ 1. More than ever before, it is important the languages ​​of the neighbors to understand, write and speak. In the European Union, language skills occupy a position that was previously reserved exclusively for basic cultural techniques, i.e. reading, writing and arithmetic. If you want to make your way in Europe, you need the languages ​​of the European partners. The assumption that a knowledge of English is sufficient is a mistake, because over 50% of the EC population speaks a Romance mother tongue. And the languages ​​“in which life takes place” are those of the peoples and their cultures.

Þ 2. The Romance languages ​​function for one another as ‘Bridge languages': Anyone who can speak French already knows the basic grammars and very wide vocabulary areas of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese / Brazilian. This gives the French learner an excellent basis for learning other languages. There are many more similarities between French and Spanish or Italian than between any other language. There are far more things in common between Spanish and French than between Spanish and Latin.

Þ 3. In contrast to the ancient languages trains French in 2nd position skills that are important for learning other living languages. This applies to listening, speaking and writing skills in the target language and the use of modern learning techniques. Short: Learning living languages ​​creates learning skills for learning living languages.

Þ 4. French is the language of our most important partner in politics and trade. The Franco-German trade volume is greater than that between Germany and the USA. France and Germany are present in the partner country with thousands of large and medium-sized companies - and jobs.

Þ 5. French improves job opportunities. All studies confirm it: English enjoys the highest demand in the world of work, followed by French; in third place, almost equal to Spanish and Italian. Other languages ​​have much lower rates of demand. In the sciences, French is the language most in demand after English. This applies to economics, business administration, law, art, mathematics, computer science, philosophy, sinology, history, etc.

Þ 6. More than any other living foreign language culture, France has influenced Germany in the most profound way for centuries. French became an important part of German culture itself. As before, France and the Francophonie are centers of worldwide cultural radiation. That is why it can always be found in other cultures. Descartes, Montesquieu, Rousseau, Voltaire, Victor Hugo, Paul Valéry, Jean-Paul Sartre, human rights, revolution and republic, freedom of thought, Paris - city of art ... Anyone who wants to be considered educated in Germany would do well to know French.

Þ 7. German and French universities are increasingly offering integrated courses that provide a professional qualification for the French and German labor markets in a wide variety of fields, from engineering and law to the arts. Prerequisite: good knowledge of the partner language. "What little Hans doesn't learn ..."

Þ 8. French is the language of several neighbors: France, Switzerland and Belgium. French is only a few hours' drive from where you live. Knowledge of French never remains "dead knowledge". You will be able to use it (or miss it) in many ways - for example as a tourist, at work, with French-speaking friends ... Perhaps as a participant in an exchange with a French partner school? As a reader of French-language newspapers, as a television viewer of TV5 or the Franco-German channel ARTE.

Þ 9. Knowing languages ​​pays off not only in euros and cents ... Knowledge of French means multiple human and cultural enrichment. Wouldn't you like to be able to talk to French people, read French books and newspapers and watch French films, have French people as friends?

Þ 10. who need french? Journalists, engineers, students, merchants, managers, soldiers, teachers, politicians, policemen, skilled workers, representatives, historians, scientists, doctors, missionaries, adventurers, restaurateurs and cooks, bakers, scientists, people interested in Africa, open-minded people, theologians, young and old, Paris tourists, wine lovers, bon vivants, art lovers, chanson lovers, the fashion industry, etc. But also: fans of hip-hop, etc.

Þ 11. France and Germany are the most important partners for Europe. That is why Europe needs many young Germans and young French who can speak each other's language. Only languages ​​can allow friendships to be filled with life.


Þ Discuss the arguments listed here with your parents and friends. If you have any questions, please contact a French teacher at your school.



¤ The advantage of French (F1) as an input foreign language over English-1: Unlike all other languages, English, the indispensable world language, is not deselected by students in the 2nd or 3rd position at a point in time at which they do not yet have solid knowledge. In plain English this means: The high school student starting with French acquires active competence in at least two living foreign languages ​​(plus Latin).

¤ French as the input language does not mean a disadvantage for the English language skills. In grade 10, F-1 students have long since caught up in English. This is confirmed by decades of experience in the southwestern federal states with the language sequence French - English. Therefore the opts Association of modern foreign languages (FMF), in which the English teachers are the largest group, for F-1.

¤ Similar to how Latin teaches French as input language - much clearer than the poorly shaped English - grammatical connections right from the start.

¤ French is the bridge language for other Romance languages ​​(Spanish, Italian, Portuguese / Brazilian). It provides the basic framework for the grammars of its Romance sister languages. In the area of ​​basic vocabulary, its advantage over English in the direction of Spanish / Italian is over 35% (easily recognizable vocabulary). The advantage of French-1 over English-2 is around 15%. The bridges between French and its attractive sister languages ​​are wider than the links between Latin and its Romance grandchildren.

¤ Is the input language French or Latin? A living language, which is taught for communicative purposes, particularly suits the child's talent for imitative and playful language (s) acquisition. With French as the input language, your child has the chance to hear and speak another European language in its natural environment at an early age. - On the other hand, it learns the classical scholarly language of Latin at an age when it is intellectually better equipped to deal with the European cultural tradition and its preferred writing and reading language well into the 15th century. Today, knowledge of Latin must be proven for (some) theological and humanities degrees, but not for economics, natural sciences or medicine. Of course, the universities also offer courses that lead to the Latinum. By the way: In grade 9, students with French as their foreign language are more likely to choose Latin than students with English-1.

¤ French skills for training and work: Germany and France have been strengthening their cooperation in the field of training for decades. There have long been a number of so-called integrated courses of study (engineering, law, political science, art, cultural studies, business administration, "Euromanagement", etc.) which provide professional qualifications for both countries. After English, French (with German) is by far the language with the highest demand on the European labor market. France is our number 1 economic partner. Each of the countries is present in the partner country with over several thousand medium-sized and large companies. They require their employees to know the partner language.

¤ Change of school if the input language is French? The statistics show: Only 2 percent of high school students move during their school career! The risk decreases with the number of high schools with the language sequence French, English, Latin / Spanish. Since French is always offered as the input language alongside English, it is usually possible to switch to English during the trial stage. Many French 1 schools have a special support program for such cases. Since the development of the children is closely monitored in the trial stage, possible risks are recognized and dealt with at an early stage.

¤ How should my child's performance level be? French is no more difficult than English, but it has a Romance language structure. It can be said of French that in the initial phase it is a little "more difficult to learn" than English, for which it is later rewarded with a more systematic approach. Since only very few secondary schools offer French as the entry language, your child should have been classified as suitable for a high school career by the primary school.

¤ Who speaks french 60 million French, 5 million Belgians, 1.6 million Swiss, 150,000 inhabitants of the Aosta Valley; over 6 million Canadians. In Africa, according to low estimates, around 30 million people speak French as quasi their mother tongue or with almost the same level of language competence. The number of speakers in whose countries French is the official state language is 190 million. French is (an) official language of international organizations: UN (19% use), UNESCO, INTERPOL, the World Food Organization, NATO and a working language of the EC.

¤ Where would Europe be without the Franco-German partnership? ... This partnership cannot be left speechless.

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Why should I learn French? Some pupils in the 6th grade may wonder that when they have to choose between French or another second foreign language. No question, we say, because there are so many good reasons to speak French!

It's great to learn French ...

·         because you can apply what you have learned straight away, e.g. in school exchanges, in letter and email friendships or on holidays in the wonderful holiday destination of France or other francophone countries such as Canada, Switzerland, Belgium or Tahiti!

·         because French opens up great opportunities for professional success: France and Germany are each the most important trading partners.

·         because it can't hurt to speak the language spoken by more than 160 million people in more than 30 countries around the world, including four of our neighboring countries.

·         because French gives you the “ticket” to one of the most interesting cultures in the world: l'art de vivre, French literature, cinema (which, by the way, is called the “Seventh Art” in France) and, last but not least, French cuisine (“ Live like God in France").

·         because, alongside English, French is the official working language in the EU and many international organizations such as the UN, UNESCO, the Olympic Games, etc.

·         because the Franco-German cooperation in science and technology is very strong and will continue to grow (e.g. with the Airbus project)

·         because you can then hear and understand the voice of Gérard Depardieu in the original sound (it is much more exciting than the dubbing voice!)

·         because he who knows French well will later learn Spanish and Italian all the more easily: these languages ​​are related to French.

·         because you finally find out that Tintin and Struppi are actually called Tintin and Milou and that the Smurfs in their country of origin go by the name of les Schtroumpfs.

·         and because French is simply a sonorous language!




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