French (FREN)

What is French? Related Careers
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What is French?

According to the University of Arkansas' Department of World Languages, "French is the second most frequently taught foreign language in the world, following English, and it continues to be one of the official languages of dozens of international organizations. It is also the only other language-again, besides English-that is spoken on five continents. French is truly a global language, crucial for students of business, international relations, and politics, as well as those of literature and culture.

Studying a foreign language can improve your cognitive and critical thinking abilities. Recent surveys indicate that more than 80 agencies of the federal government rely on professionals with intermediate to high-level competence in foreign languages. Foreign language study provides the ability to gain an understanding of the cultures of US trading partners. American multinational corporations and nongovernmental organizations need people with foreign language abilities. U.S. ability to compete effectively in global markets means that more and more businesses deal with companies in other countries. They need employees who can communicate in foreign languages and understand other cultures. An employer will see you as a bridge to new clients if you know their language.

Related Careers

Advertising CopywriterAnalystArchivist
Art DealerAttorneyCivil Service Worker
Cultural OfficerDiplomatEvents Planner
Foreign CorrespondentForeign Service OfficerFrench Teacher
HistorianHuman Resources SpecialistImporter/Exporter
Intelligence OfficerInternational Business ConsultantInternational Development Consultant
International Trade EconomistInvestment AnalystLanguage Researcher
LibrarianLinguistMedia Specialist
ParalegalPublishing SpecialistProfessor
Travel AgentTravel WriterUnited Nations Officer
World Health Organization Officer

Related Skills

Strong verbal and written communicationCross-cultural knowledge and understanding
Critical thinking and creative problem-solvingAbility to formulate clear and persuasive messages
Listening, clarifying, questioning and respondingAbility to work well independently and collaboratively
Ability to speak another language

Job & Internship Search Links

Bilingual Education Jobs

Multilingual Jobs

Professional Association Links

National Association for Bilingual Education

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

Modern Language Association

American Translators Association