FROM: Humanities RE: Register for French 203 and/or French 344 today!
5/24/2021 8:23:29 AM
To: Students, Faculty, Staff

Announcement from Dr. Arcides Gonzalez  


International Studies Students (French track), French Minors, and students with several years of HS French

Please register for French 203 ASAP. French 203 will not be offered for at least another year.  


Students in general, especially Arabic and Spanish Language students. Take French and be more marketable by listing 3 languages on your CV/Resumé instead of 2: 

Arabic language students:
1. Arabic                                                                                                         
2. French                                                          

3. English

Spanish language students:
1. Spanish
2. French 

3. English 


Register for:  

French 203 Intermediate French I &/or French 344 French Realism, both offered this Fall 2021! With 2 courses you’re a third of the way towards a Minor in French. If you’ve taken two already, you’re 2/3 of the way through. As Blaise Pascal, French philosopher, said: “Vous n’avez rien à perdre et tout à gagner.” (You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.) 


Why study French? Here are just a few of the reasons: 


Forbes reports that French is the language of the future, according to a study by Natixis investment bank projecting French will be the "most-spoken language in the world" by 2050. Read the article and think about the study's methodology, to see if you agree with the bank's analysis. (

ABC News reports that according to Bloomberg Rankings, French is the second most useful language in the world for business. It is spoken on all 5 continents whereas Chinese, Arabic and Spanish are regional.

Studying French makes you smarter! 
“…. scientists have begun to show that the advantages of bilingualism are even more fundamental than being able to converse with a wider range of people. Being bilingual, it turns out, makes you smarter. It can have a profound effect on your brain, improving cognitive skills not related to language and even shielding against dementia in old age. (“Why Bilinguals Are Smarter.”) (

French is one of the easiest languages for native English speakers to learn. In 1066, the French Duke of Normandy conquered England and made French the official language of England for a time. As a result, more than half of our current English vocabulary comes from French—words like avenue, university, café, exam… sound like and are spelled like their French counterparts. 

Register for French 203 and/or French 344 today!  
For more info, contact: Dr. Arcides Gonzalez at