French is taught by:
Most courses are available at St Lucia. There are selected courses available at Gardens Point (QUT).
French courses can be found here.
Why study French?
French is still today one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. It is estimated that 77 million people use it as their first language and that it is spoken by a total of 128 million people as either their first or second language.The use of French extends into all corners of the globe, French being spoken in France, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Canada, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Martinique, Mauritius, Monaco, New Caledonia, the Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Vanuatu and so on and so on. No matter what career you end up in you will be working in a global economy in which a knowledge of French will always be an advantage.
It is one of the major diplomatic languages of the world and is used as one of the official or administrative languages in many organizations such as the European Union, the IOC and the United Nations.
As well as a cherished linguistic heritage, the French prize their extremely rich cultural history. In all cultural domains, the French have consistently produced some of the most renowned names in the entire world. Another obvious reason to study French, therefore, is to gain a knowledge and appreciation of this rich linguistic and cultural legacy or even to experience it first hand!
Learning any language necessarily also improves many other skills that will serve you well in your future career. The very nature of learning a language means that you will develop better communication skills, better listening skills and learn how to work effectively in a group towards common goals.
French at UQ
In the French program at UQ, we realise that language cannot be separated from the culture which produces that language, so you will learn much more than just French. We strongly emphasise the link between culture and language so whilst doing French at the University of Queensland you will be developing many other transferable skills, such as increased intercultural understanding and communication, analytical skills and, due to the very nature of the culture that informs all that we study, a sense of the need for reflection in all actions. You will be taught by academics with research expertise in literature, film, cultural studies, philosophy, intercultural communication, computer assisted language learning and more.
Students can commence their studies in French at a number of different levels depending on your prior knowledge: beginners, intermediate, advanced and accelerated.
Depending on the program you are enrolled in you can study French courses as electives or complete a minor, secondary major (QUT), major or extended major.