The Growth in French Tutoring: How can it help you in the future?

By Xavier Fourrage.

Now we are in 2012, the ability to converse in two or even three languages is becoming common, sometimes even the standard in certain business sectors. This ability affords students and professionals with a host of benefits. It gives opportunities to discover many other cultures; as well as being a real asset in one’s personal, professional, and social life. The globalisation of business and commerce is increasing our need to be competent in other languages, as we have to come across varied cultures from East and West. Therefore, organisations that are doing buisness abroad must now hire employees who can speak more than one language, otherwise they cannot compete.

Many nations place a growing importance in their education system of learning a second language, so as to enable a cultural diversity. Speaking another language is not only a tool to communicate, but it also conveys different perceptions of the world, and is also a way to appreciate and understand the world in which we live.
For an English native speaker, French is considered as one of the easiest language to learn. Here is an example:
Do you understand the following words: Théâtre, literature, université, sport, restaurant, danse, couleur, liberté, etc. You see? You may notice there are many other words that sound familiar to you (In particular, all the words that terminate by –tion or –sion). So why do French and English have such a common link? It all comes from William the Conquerer in 1066. At that time, the aristocracy used to speak French, and then lots of French words appeared in the English vocabulary.
French is also spoken on every continent. Besides, it is commonly one of the official languages in most of the International Organisations (e.g. UNESCO, UN, NATO, IOC), which is why many students have chosen to read a French degree course at university.

From a student point of view, some want to learn French to have a better perception of the culture, namely art, food, music, cinema, literature. Others need to learn French to communicate with other nations. For a high school student, it improves his/her chances to get entry into college or university, as many institutions demand a minimum level in a foreign language. Coming to that point, French has always been a popular subject in most universities, and can lead to many different careers in the future. It is a path to work in major French companies, including in translation, or diplomacy. At university, learning French is also a unique opportunity to carry out internships abroad, and study abroad for a year.
This is why French tutoring is growing. Those learning French with a tutor can start from scratch and many continue to improve their vocabulary, grammar, and conversational fluency and go onto become intermediate or advanced learners of the language. The use of tutors has also been a useful way to get the correct pronunciation whilst learning at a pace that is ready and appropriate for each individual student.

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