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Why learn French?

French is spoken by over 200 million people on 5 continents, and in more than 32 countries world-wide, including the State of Louisiana, the province of Québec in Canada, the Caribbean (Haiti, Martinique and Guadeloupe), several European countries (France, Belgium, Switzerland), many African countries, including Senegal, Cameroun, and Mali, and in many Arab-speaking countries, such as Algeria, Morocco and Lebanon.

French is a language of diplomacy. It is one of the official languages of the United Nations and of the Olympic Games. In addition, international humanitarian organizations such as Médecin Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) and Acción Contre la Faim (Action against Hunger) were founded in France.

French is the international language of cuisine, fashion, theatre, the visual arts, dance, and architecture, with a vast production of literature, cinema and music.

French-speaking countries have been at the forefront in fields such as HIV virus research, medical genetics (the Human Genome Project), and reconstructive surgery and on the cutting edge of scientific discoveries and technological innovations, such as microchips, commercial satellites, nanotechnology, nuclear and aerospace technology.

Phoenix, Daft Punk, Joakim Noah and Tony Parker speak French.


French Travel Destinations and Sister Schools:

Strasbourg, France : Lycée Marguérite Yourcenar, Erstein

Paris, France : Lycée Molière

Quebec, Canada: Collège Saint Charles Garnier, Québec, Canada


“Taking French at Payton has helped me realize how much fun and how fulfilling learning a new language can be. I took French before entering Payton, but I found my love for French in my freshman year language classroom and I will be forever grateful for that.” - Olivia Greenfield, ’15


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