French is the official language in 29 countries and is spoken by some 274 million people, of which 76 million are native speakers. The number of French speakers is expected to grow sharply, with population growth in Africa. French is a Romance language (derived from Latin) and shares its origins with Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. It has a long history as an international language of literature and scientific standards, and is a primary or second language of many international organisations including the UN, the EU, NATO and the WTO. Proficiency in French is essential for anyone considering a career in any international organisation. In 2011, French was ranked the third most useful language for business, after English and Mandarin. Speaking French will give you access to business opportunities in countries in Europe, Africa and North America.
They can be taken for credit or not-for-credit. Modules with 44 taught classroom hours are worth 15 credits, those with 88 taught classroom hours are worth 30 credits. Check your level and take a diagnostic test if you know some French already.
Most of our modules are year-long. Intensive modules (two sessions @ 2 hours a week) can also be taken over one semester only. In academic year 2022/23, all language modules are taught in-person, on the Mile End campus.
Registration for year-long modules is closed, but a small range of modules is offered for Semester 2 (January - April 2023) - please see below. Registration for these as non-credit bearing options will open in January 2023. The full range of levels will be offered again from September 2023.
Please note that in some cases there may be changes to days/times or venue prior to the start of teaching. Any changes will be updated on this website.