French is spoken in more than two dozen countries across five continents. It is the second-most widely studied language after English and is considered the second-most influential language in the world.

French is an official working language in multiple international organizations, including the United Nations, the International Red Cross, the European Union and the International Olympic Committee. Knowing French will increase your job opportunities and allow you to compete effectively in the global economy. With knowledge of French, you can communicate with French speakers around the world, benefit more from travel experiences and gain a valuable understanding of cultural and business practices abroad.

Learning French will also help you increase your proficiency in English, as the richest source of vocabulary in English is not Latin, but French. This is a language of culture, art, fashion, cuisine and cinema. With French, you can access great literary masterpieces, as well as films and songs, in their original form.

Richland uses the second edition of Mitschke, Cherie, and Cheryl Tano's Promenades: A travers le monde francophone, a contemporary audiovisual program that integrates a variety of authentic materials that make learning fun and effective. Customs and cultural insights are widely presented in this program.

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French is a living language; it lives in context. In class, you will experience language immersion. The teaching process uses a progressive and repetitive system to build knowledge, and learning requires motivation, focus, regular attendance and active participation. Learning French will open new doors to an influential, modern culture that combines the ancient and the new with elegance and a high quality of life.