According to the International Organization of Francophonie, French is the fastest growing language in the world, with a full 750 million people expected to speak French by 2050. As the fifth most spoken language globally, French is an extraordinarily valuable language in its own right, providing students with a gateway to communities across Europe, the Caribbean, Africa and Southeast Asia.
A Lycée education is about much more than learning in French, however. Our experience is that the ability to speak a second language makes it far easier to acquire a third, fourth and even fifth language, as students have already developed the confidence and executive function in their second language.
We extend this linguistic proficiency to include cultural competency, helping students develop an awareness of experiences other than their own. Fostering an openness to others early on fosters a flexibility that students will carry throughout their lives, across many cultures of the world, to university, workplaces, and even family life.