Bienvenue! Welcome to our French programme in the Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages! This is the place to explore the beautiful French language and the exciting French culture. Our French programme offers language courses at six levels that lead to B1.1 proficiency according to the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR). We also offer courses that introduce different aspects of French culture. Students can take French courses as electives or they can declare French as their minor. Our programme strongly emphasizes e-learning and our students are encouraged to make use of online materials and develop their skills through individual and collaborative projects in French. We collaborate with universities in France, where students can attend summer intensive language courses. The credits earned can be counted towards your minor studies at CUHK. You don’t need any knowledge of French when you want to join our programme!
Why study French?
- French is spoken in 55 countries across five continents and by over 200 million people. French is an official language of 29 countries on 5 continents.
- French is the or an official working language of the UN, NATO, UNESCO, the International Olympic Committee, the European Union, the International Red Cross and much more!
- French is the fifth most common language on the Internet. Connect with pen pals, visit foreign websites and find student exchange opportunities.
- French traditionally opens the doors to disciplines like art, music, fashion, food, literature and architecture.
- French can make you more competitive in the national and international job market in disciplines like business, medicine, aviation, law, transportation technologies, and of course luxury goods.
- French is the language of influential, religious, and intellectual movements. Jean Calvin helped define Protestantism; Enlightment writers like Voltaire championed human rights; Simone de Beauvoir was a prominent feminist, and Michel Foucault was a founder of postmodernism.