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.
|Strong verbal and written communication||Cross-cultural knowledge and understanding|
|Critical thinking and creative problem-solving||Ability to formulate clear and persuasive messages|
|Listening, clarifying, questioning and responding||Ability to work well independently and collaboratively|
|Ability to speak another language|