10 Good Reasons for Studying French at Mt. SAC
- The French textbook for the first three semesters is FREE. It comes with a free, downloadable audio program, free websites with an integrated spoken dictionary and hundreds of links to other resources on the web useful for the study of French language and culture, and a free video program.
- The Mt. SAC French Program has an outstanding reputation for excellence and completeness. Professor Barbara Vigano, the coordinator of the French Program, was voted “Educator of Distinction” in 2006 by the Student Association and “Outstanding Faculty” in 2007 by the Faculty Senate.
- The Mt. SAC French Program includes the following courses:
- 7 classes of first semester (French 1)
- 2 or 3 classes of second semester (French 2)
- One class of intermediate level French 3 taught entirely in French
- One combined class of Conversational French (French 52, 53 and 54) taught entirely in French
- One combined class of French 4, 5, and 6 (intermediate and advanced levels) taught entirely in French
- One general ed course (taught in English and open to ALL students) of “French Culture through Cinema”. The topic of this course changes from semester to semester.
- The Mt. SAC French Program includes extra-curricular activities and benefits:
- The French Club organizes outings to museums, French restaurants, picknicks and games of “pétanque” at the park and a Christmas dinner at an elegant French restaurant attended each year by about 100 students, family and friends.
- The “Table française” is a relaxed way to eat your lunch while speaking French with friends.
- Every year one outstanding French student who continues studying French at a four-year institution receives the Vigano French Scholarship in the amount of $500.00.
- Every year several outstanding French students are nominated for the “Student of Distinction” award. Nearly every year an outstanding French student is one of only 5 recipients of the “Student of Distinction” award.
is the native language of some
200 million people and is the
second language of millions more.
In Europe, it is spoken in France,
Belgium, Switzerland and Luxembourg.
In the Americas, it is an official
language of Canada and spoken
in the Carribbean.
fashion designers, artists, writers,
musicians, chefs and filmmakers
have had a wide influence in
the United States and the rest
of the world. Who hasn't heard
of Christian Dior, Chanel, and
Pierre Cardin? Impressionist
painters like Monet, musicians
like Ravel and Boulez, novelists
like Flaubert and Camus have
had an influence on world culture.
Michel Foucault was a founder
- French is
a language of tourism. Paris
is the third most visited international
city by Americans. France is
the second most visited country in the
world, and Quebec offers
a taste of Europe
in North America.
- French is a language
of business. Today, American
companies have over 2,000 subsidiaries
in France, and French companies
have over 600 subsidiaries in
the United States. Major corporations
with headquarters or subsidiaries
in the United States and France
include Du Pont, Hewlett-Packard,
Xerox, Apple Computer, Michelin,
Renault, Bic and many more.
- French is a
key language in the European Union of twenty-seven
nations, the world's largest
economic entity, with a population
of 350 million and a gross national
product larger than the United
- French is the language
of the well educated in parts
of Southeast Asia, North Africa
and much of Western and Central
Africa. Being able to speak French
is an asset for anyone interested
in working in international organizations
such as the Peace Corps.