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Why learn French in France?

by Will Hopkins

In our multi-lingual society, the importance of language learning has never been so great. The English teaching system has often received criticism of the way it approaches the subject of languages. Very few people would describe themselves as proficient or fluent after studying for many years whilst at school.

Learning French in France provides a completely different experience to the one that is experienced by most through the English education system. Firstly, a focus is put on developing a base - a core upon which your language learning can build. Secondly, the mere fact that you are immersed and surrounded by the language and the culture helps to facilitate the development and conceptual understanding of the French language. In addition to this, the French seem to concentrate also on developing a persons understanding of the French language, and by knowing why something is as it is, the student is less likely to forget what they have learned.

There are numerous options available to deal with how to go about learning French in France. Some people decide to learn through their own organisation; others choose to use an organisation which will source out the necessary resources for them, registering them onto a course and providing accommodation. The key is to ensure that you attend a good quality language school, which prides itself on the level of its teachings and practice. The difference this can make is phenomenal.

Many centres provide French Language Courses for foreign students. Apprendre (www.apprendre.co.uk), is one example of an organisation which arranges and helps to facilitate your learning in France. The use of such organisations helps to break down the traditional barriers, thus providing a platform for you to learn.

Learning French is definitely now becoming an attractive option for many people. It's increasing importance both in business and commerce, and as an official legal language of the European Union has further the importance of the case for good language teaching.

About the Author

Educated in England, Will Hopkins spent time studying French in France, before reading Law at the University of Durham. He has much experience of work within schools and various youth projects, alongside being a successful entrepreneur.

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