Today, it was decided that the French program at Elizabethton High School would be phased out in 2015. Supposedly, due to a decrease in numbers and a lack of interest, the classes will be removed from the curriculum. The numbers, however, have not changed, nor has the interest. If this program has influenced your life in a positive manner, please write a lengthy, descriptive post telling me and the Elizabethton City School System how it has done so. I have loved all my years of teaching French and all of my French students. Thank you for your support. Maybe le Français can return to EHS. Je vous aime.
To quote the facts presented at Language Stars learning centers:
"With 120 million speakers worldwide, French is one of the six official languages of the United Nations, one of the three official languages of the European Commission, and is spoken on every continent.
French is the second most studied language in the world after English. And looking ahead to future career opportunities, 2,800 French companies in the U.S. employ approximately 550,000 Americans. Similarly, U.S. companies employ nearly 650,000 people in France. Among foreign countries doing business in the U.S., France employs the third largest number of Americans."
Denying children the opportunity to learn a language that opens so many doors to them in the world is shameful. I support providing children the opportunity to choose from as many languages as possible in their education system but a core of French, Spanish, German, and Mandarin Chinese wherever possible should always be standard fare.
Michèle Thomas, United States5 months ago
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