Norwich University: Minor in French, Invest in the Future! Ò French is spoken in more than 56 countries in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Ò “French is spoken by more people than ever — 220 million worldwide, according to the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF). With 96.2 million Africans speaking French at the moment, the OIF believes that rising rates of literacy and birth rates mean there could be 700 million French-‐speakers in the world by 2050.” É The 220 million figure is actually an underestimate because it only counts people who can read and write, which leaves out many French speakers in Africa who follow an oral tradition Ò “French as a foreign language is the second most frequently taught language in the world (116 million people are learning and programs are available in every single country worldwide).” See: “From Paris to Dakar,” Language Magazine:The Journal of Communication and Education, Sept. 2012, Web. See: 2012 Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovators; American Association of Teachers of French, “Why Study French,” The French Language Initiative: The World Speaks French, 10 Dec. 2012, Web.; Whitney Schneidman, Transforming the U.S.-‐Africa Commercial Relationship,” Brookings Institution, 2013. Web. French as a category A, immediate investment, strategic language Based on assignment, for the US Army (and Air Force), French is listed as a category A language that may qualify for top Foreign Language Proficiency Bonus Pay, in the same list as: Ò Dialects of Arabic Ò Chinese Ò French Ò Languages of India Ò Languages of Indonesian Ò Japanese Ò Korean Ò Dialects of Persian Ò Afghan (Dari)/Iranian (Farsi) Ò Dialects of Portuguese Ò Dialects of Pashtu Ò Russian Source: (Current) Army Foreign Language Program. AR 11-‐6 2009 French and English are the two official or working languages of: Ð Ð Ð Ð Ð Ð Ð Ð Ð Ð Ð African Union United Nations NATO Council of Europe UNESCO Doctors without Borders Interpol/Francopol/Milipol International Olympic Committee Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe World Health Organization Universal Postal Union For the Marine Corps, French appears on the DoD Strategic Languages List and is in strong demand, on the same list as Chinese and Arabic. See “MCFLP Focus for 2008,” pp. 3 and 5; <http://www.nps.edu/services/usmc/Docs/FLPPSchedul e_SLL2.pdf. Similarly for NAVY, see document: OPNAV Instruction 7220.7G/N13F/13 MAY 2011: FOREIGN LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY BONUS PROGRAM; and for Coast Guard: ALCOAST 275/06; FLPP Linguist Authorizations Areas of m ilitary and hum anitarian interest w here French is spoken French for business, technology, sciences: Ð Ð Ð Ð Ð Reuters has identified France as the innovation leader in Europe France is the second largest investor in the US and the US is the leading investor in France. French-‐speaking countries are on the cutting edge of scientific discoveries, nuclear, and technological innovations French-‐speaking countries have been at the forefront of medical research The US will be investing economically and militarily in French-‐speaking Africa Ò Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Cyprus, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-‐ Bissau, Ivory Coast, Lebanon, Republic of Macedonia, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mauritius, Mauritania, Moldova, Niger, Rwanda, Säo Tomé and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles,Togo, Tunisia Ò Caribbean: Haiti Ò French is spoken, but not officially acknowledged: Algeria, Syria, Libya Fra nce: A strong ally in the fight against terrorism Ò French and American inter-‐ agency notably East Africa; in North Africa; in the Mideast; and in the Caucasus, where several terrorist organizations with links to al Qaeda are based, as uncovered by the French anti-‐terrorist judge Jean-‐Louis Bruguière). Ò French marines, foreign legionaries, and special forces “have vast experience in expeditionary forces in West Africa…. They really know the territory, the boundaries, the topography and the ethnic problems.” -‐-‐Paul Ames, “Europe’s Army? Despite defense cuts, few European countries come close to France for military power,” Global Post. Web. 27 Jan 2013. The Norwich program in French ó Communicative and interactive at all levels Ò For beginning and intermediate: strong audio-‐video program facilitates learning language from native speakers through visuals and oral patterning Ò Includes cultural focus in every course Ò Literature, civilization courses and international French-‐language news also help students develop a more global perspective ó Offers service-‐learning courses and community service with leadership opportunities Ò Past examples: É French-‐language interpreter /cultural role-‐play with 40 members of the National Guard É Participation in VT’s Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Events É French-‐Heritage activities at the Festival of Nations, Crown Pt, NY É Translation of brochure for Washington County Battered Women Services and Shelter Ò “France is the world’s most sophisticated practitioner of counterterrorism. The U.S. can learn from her experience.” -‐-‐ Marc Gerecht Reuel and Gary J. Schmitt, “What France Does Best,” The American. American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (Mar/Apr 2008). French is im portant for AFRICOM (U.S. African Com m and operations) Ò Brig. Gen. Capasso, Africom’s director of C-‐4 Systems expressed the need for FRENCH linguists: “We have requirements for some of our contractors to be bilingual. Many of our African nation counterparts speak French.” “French and English will be key languages for sharing information across a broader spectrum.” See: David Walsh, “Africom builds cooperation with collaboration: Language and tech barriers pose a challenge to the new command’s C4 efforts,” Defense Systems, July 7, 2008; see also: Report to Congressional Committees, GAO-‐12-‐556, 10 May 2012. Web, 1 Jul2013; French-‐language website: Le Commandement des États-‐Unis pour l'Afrique-‐AFRICOM. óNorwich’s Study Abroad Program with L’École Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr Ò Student Exchange program at the French military academy (ESM) Ò Semester in Coëtquidan, France Ò Visit: http://www.norwich.edu/stcyr Ð Other programs: see your professor for details Want to know more? Come see us ! Ò Dr. Frances S. Chevalier Program Director of French Chair of Modern Languages Webb Hall 204 [email protected] or Dr. Priscilla Morin, Webb 209 Adjunct professor, French program [email protected] We look forward to seeing you. À bientôt!
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