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Home > Campuses & Centers > Annandale > Academic Divisions > Languages and Literature > World Languages > French


French is the second most frequently taught world language after English. French, along with English, is the official working language of the United Nations, UNESCO, the International Monetary Fund, the International Olympic Committee and the European Community.

Studying French will increase your English vocabulary, as 30% of English words come from French. Your understanding of our culture and our past will be improved by learning about the history and literature of French speaking countries. Those interested in the fields of art, dance, film, law and music will enhance their studies through a knowledge of French. French is the foreign language spoken by our largest trading partner (Canada). France is the world's major tourist destination and has the fourth largest economy in the world (after the U.S., Japan and Germany).

French courses at NOVA focus on speaking and understanding, as well as reading and writing. Students learn practical vocabulary and basic sentence patterns as well as correct pronunciation. An excellent language learning lab featuring audio and videotapes and computer software is available for student use.