2 QandA LiberiaTeacher Asked: March 29, 20202020-03-29T17:35:46+00:00 2020-03-29T17:35:46+00:00In: French Why do we have to learn French in Liberian High Schools/Universities? 2 Is it really necessary? frenchlocal statsSchools In Liberia Share Facebook 17 Answers Voted Oldest Recent Stanley Michael Oppong Pundit 2020-04-09T16:05:49+00:00Added an answer on April 9, 2020 at 4:05 pm As it relates to the necessity of the French language being taught, I would rather say it is need based (depending on how necessity works for you); however, 2/3, if not all, of the neighboring countries are French speaking countries. Thus, as an alternative to the English language, French is taught to bridge the communication divide that may arise in precautionary times (in the future). Also, communication paralysis is a huge problem to globalization or being a global citizen. So, you are taught at an early age in school to value and understand the culture of the French through their language. 7 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Immanuel Freeman Teacher 2020-04-15T16:09:27+00:00Added an answer on April 15, 2020 at 4:09 pm I think we were taught (I actually wrote “learned” and then changed it to “were taught”) French in school to broaden our scope and give us a better shot at communicating with our immediate neighbours and the rest of the world. However, I did 8 years of French and I could not ask for a simple direction when I went to Paris. I don’t think I’m the only one who “was taught” French but ended up learning little or nothing. I strongly believe that French should stay in the curriculum, but it should be improved in a way that students actually “learn” something. PS: It’s an open joke in most Liberian High schools that the French instructor is the least respected. 4 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Richie Beginner 2020-04-15T17:06:45+00:00Replied to answer on April 15, 2020 at 5:06 pm This is the same with all languages. We learned French only for the grades. Practicing a new language helps you know the language for yourself. We aren’t able to daily practice the French language. So, we forget them after being in class. 0 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Light360 2020-04-14T22:59:30+00:00Added an answer on April 14, 2020 at 10:59 pm I agree with you Stanley, and I sense a depth to this question. A majority of students start to learn French as early as 3rd grade (at least for me), but there are not a lot of activities to foster progress in this area. Unfortunately, a lot of us graduate from High School only learning how to conjugate the verbs “to be”, “to go” “to see”, etc. Then, we enroll into university and meet just about the same thing and we still need “google translate” to translate basic sentences. Arguably, it is still the case even after paying so much attention to learning the language. I think it’s a pedagogical concern that a lot of schools in Liberia have not taken steps to address this. 3 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Vivian-Ekie Monluo 2020-04-16T20:59:02+00:00Added an answer on April 16, 2020 at 8:59 pm French is one of the major languages around the world. I believed that being bilingual is important for international jobs and opportunities. It is also said that the future is multilingual. What need to be done is teaching standard French in Liberian schools instead of just the basic. English is also taught in French speaking countries. Let us not forget that Liberia shared a borderline with two French speaking countries. 1 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Charles W Gamys 2020-04-18T22:37:05+00:00Added an answer on April 18, 2020 at 10:37 pm We all know that French is one ☝️ of the most speaking language in the world. It’s necessary to learn . Also, communication paralysis is a huge problem to globalization or being a global citizen. So, you are taught at an early age in school to value and understand the culture of the French through their language. Best 0 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Curtcarney Beginner 2020-04-20T15:35:41+00:00Added an answer on April 20, 2020 at 3:35 pm It is very necessary that students at all academic levels learn the French language. It enables one’s communication proficiency and allows you to confidently express yourself in another language without hesitation. Moreover, French is the second most used language in the world for business so it’s so important to have an understanding about the French language. 0 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Aaliyah Dudley Beginner 2020-04-20T19:29:43+00:00Added an answer on April 20, 2020 at 7:29 pm We study French In high schools n university because it is spoken in so many countries, It is one of the top ten majors mostlikely to lead to less unemployment and higher earnings.French is also the second most useful language in the world for business. 0 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Jonathan F.Kpadeh 2020-04-22T19:32:49+00:00Added an answer on April 22, 2020 at 7:32 pm It’s good to learn french in high schools and in all universities around the World because French is a major language,it’s good to learn those majors languages in the World because humans are not static they move from point to another those majors languages you learn today will help you go places of different kind.it will you help you when traveling one place to another. The more majors languages you learn the more opportunities you can except for studies and also do businesses in many countries. 0 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Tom Seavey Beginner 2020-04-24T18:17:16+00:00Added an answer on April 24, 2020 at 6:17 pm Yes!!! It is necessary that French language be taught in Liberian schools schools; because if you want to be an open minded person (intellectual person) you firstly have to be bilingual because you don’t know where life takes you tomorrow. In case you refuse to learn French language here today and tomorrow you see yourself in the midst of francophone. What will you do?? If you cannot interact with them, you’ll be denied of your profession. So it is necessary that you learn French language ok 0 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Ansumana Beginner 2020-04-26T11:04:27+00:00Added an answer on April 26, 2020 at 11:04 am French is in a way a major language with both economic and social benefits. One’s chances of employment in a most international organization depends on how many languages you speak. As of now its the 5th most spoken language in the world. It also prepares you to be a global citizen with the freedom to express yourself in another language as an added advantage. If you’re still in High School, you’d do yourself a great deal to take it seriously and prepare for the future. It’s uncertain out of school, but language skills help you a lot. 0 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Bill Ivans Gbafore Pundit 2020-04-27T01:09:36+00:00Added an answer on April 27, 2020 at 1:09 am French Is been taught in Liberian schools in order to encourage bilingualism amongst Students. It also aims to prepare them to excel in the global society linguistically as French is one of the African Union’s Official language (among six) and one the top ten languages spoken globally, with over 200 million speakers. Liberians also stand to benefit the ease at which Communication comes when interacting with their counterparts from francophone Countries across the West African subregion. 0 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Emmanuel Tamba 2020-04-28T21:56:37+00:00Added an answer on April 28, 2020 at 9:56 pm It is because french is general language 0 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp danielcooper Beginner 2020-05-14T13:50:29+00:00Added an answer on May 14, 2020 at 1:50 pm We learn French in Liberian high schools and universities because French is an international language and it also help us as a means of communication when we travel to a French speaking country. 29 countries in the world speak French as their official language and 16 countries in the world also speak French as their Co-official language. French is essential for communication when you travel to any French speaking country. 0 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Foday Morris 2020-05-14T22:32:13+00:00Added an answer on May 14, 2020 at 10:32 pm Because it is an international language 0 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Stephen Åpōajaī Dorsue Beginner 2020-05-16T18:41:32+00:00Added an answer on May 16, 2020 at 6:41 pm This seemingly has been a general concern, most especially from students that see foreign languages burdensome. However, this, by the students community should be welcomed. Acquiring knowledge/communication skills in foreign languages does help. It breaks language barrier, you’re able to make your way in other parts of the world that your known language isn’t spoken, it breaks limitations and improves your knowledge for other cultures; if you learn a language, you should learn the culture of the speakers/tribe. Students should welcome and appreciate the study of foreign language in Liberia. 0 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Richie 2020-05-17T19:44:45+00:00Added an answer on May 17, 2020 at 7:44 pm Being bilingual is a plus for many professions. “French is the official language in 29 countries, which puts it in second place behind English.” (https://www.babbel.com/en/magazine/how-many-people-speak-french-and-where-is-french-spoken) 0 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Leave an answerLeave an answerCancel reply Attachment Select file Browse Featured image Select file Browse Add a Video to describe the problem better. 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