Did you know that the French language is spoken on 5 continents and it has official language status in 29 countries including Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Monaco, Niger, Canada and more. A recent study by the investment bank Natixis projected that French will overtake other top languages worldwide in coming decades including English. It is also the second most widely taught language after English.
Contrary to popular belief, French is actually not a difficult language to learn and it does not take long to reach a level where you can communicate in French. French is a also a good grounding for learning other languages like Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Romanian and even English, since over half of modern-day English vocabulary is derived from French.
No wonder we put such great emphasis on learning French in our school. I am very fortunate in the fact that I work with year 6 teaching French. The children love learning the language and it amazes me how well they soak up all the vocabulary and can ask and answer questions. A highlight of the lessons is hearing French stories being read to them. The children, with their knowledge, the pictures and my acting out the words, work out what the story is all about. This is so different from when I was at school it was always about translating stories word for word rather than enjoying the language and the story. If the children go on holiday to a French speaking country they will have the confidence and the knowledge to have a mini conversation with another child in fact they are able to write their own stories entirely in French. Genius.