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Our French pages offer you the chance to brush up on your knowledge of the French language and culture. If you want to explore further, there are a range of courses on offer at UCLan from beginners’ to degree level, providing the chance to develop language skills and to find out more about France and French-speaking countries. You do not need to be a full-time student to enrol; you can simply access the language modules which are part of our Applied Languages Programme.
The UCLan campus is home to students from all over the world, so there are many opportunities to meet with students who speak French as their first language.
“We could communicate in French with the teacher, and that was possible because the teacher was enthusiastic and had enough patience to help us.”
“There was lots of emphasis on speaking, and discussions with a partner; that was great!”
“The lecturer made learning very fun and entertaining, which made learning easier.”
French is a Romance language. The term Romance comes from the word Roman and means from Latin. Romance languages originally evolved in Western Europe, but colonialism helped to spread some of them all over the world.
French is the mother tongue, second or third language of over 250 million people and many million more people learn it. French is the official language of France and its overseas territories as well as Bénin, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Congo (Democratic Republic of), Congo (Republic of), Côte d'Ivoire, Gabon, Guinea, Luxembourg, Mali, Monaco, Niger, Sénégal, and Togo. Statistically, French is the ninth most widely spoken language in the world. However, although it is spoken by fewer people than Chinese or Hindi, it is, alongside English, the only language spoken and taught on all continents.
French is one of the two UN working languages, one of the two official languages of the International Olympic Committee, the only universal language for the postal services, and the main language of the African Union. It forms the link between the 68 countries and governments that belong to the International Organisation of Francophonie (OIF), which covers 11% of the world’s population, accounting for 19% of international trade.
Did you know that, every spring, in France, there is a week-long festival of the French language? It is based on a different theme every year and focuses, too, on a selection of ten words, which form the link for a range of cultural activities.
Exercises and games provide a relaxed and informal way of acquiring language skills.
France is a geographical crossroads linking Latin Europe with Anglo Saxon Europe and Continental Europe with Atlantic Europe. As such, it features a wealth of exceptional cultural heritage. This is expressed in the vast range of architecture that is characteristic of France; it can be admired in its many museums housing both traditional and contemporary art collections, and lives on in French theatre and cinema, which are increasingly creative and dynamic.
National, regional and municipal museums, internationally renowned structures and centres of local interest: these institutions, both large or small, through their completeness, their great number and their popularity among a public are some of the most meaningful testaments to the dynamism of French cultural life.
Contemporary art is vast in its scope and will help to determine the future of French cultural heritage. It encompasses painting, sculpture, graphic arts, photography, fashion, design, new media, applied arts, and cartoons.
Live performances are at the forefront of a French cultural landscape that alternates between legendary establishments and new architectural spaces. The great range of sites and forms of expression – which include street theatre, circus and puppet shows – demonstrate the vitality of this cultural sector, which is in a state of constant change.
France, as the birthplace of cinema, has always associated cultural heritage and cinematic creation. The vitality of the sector can be seen in the new talent that has surfaced and a flourishing production industry, appealing to foreign audiences and markets.
Langue Française is a page presenting you with a range of diverse links on various aspects (from pages on given grammar points through to literature pages via vocabulary and other games) of the French language and its learning (in French). It is hosted by Liens Utiles, a site which gathers a very large number of links to useful sites on a wide range of topics - ideal to increase your vocabulary knowledge!
E-texts are also a great source providing data on written French such as this page which is published by the University of Virginia (in association with Brigham Young University).
With France having been voted the world's number 1 tourist destination (2010), numerous sites supported by the French government have been set up to enable visitors to gather information about the country. This is particularly the case of the French Embassy to the UK. Visit also the Ministère des Affaires Etrangères - the French Foreign Office or the French Government's online portal to various official sites (in French).