Fostering Multiliteracy in the Diverse Classroom
French (français, pronounced [fʁɑ̃sɛ]) is a Romance language spoken originally in France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland, and today by about 300 million people around the world as a mother tongue or second language, with significant populations in 54 countries.
Descended from the Latin of the Roman Empire, along with languages such as Spanish, Italian, Catalan, Romanian and Portuguese, its development was influenced by the native Celtic languages of Roman Gaul and by the Germanic language of the post-Roman Frankish invaders.
It is an official language in 41 countries, most of which form what is called in French La Francophonie, the community of French-speaking nations. French as a foreign language is the second most frequently taught language in the world after English. Along with English, it is perhaps the most used language in the European Commission.
Award-winning language-learning innovator Ana Lomba transforms “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” and “Little Red Riding Hood” into a way to introduce kids ages two to seven to French. Accompanying the books are a 45-minute audio CD that features a lively reading of the story, in French and English, helpful pronunciation basics, and fun games and activities.
Information about the French language:
France, Canada, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Monaco, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Niger, Senegal, Haiti, Lebanon, Martinique, Vietnam, Central African Republic, Chad, Madagascar, Cameroon, Gabon, and other countries. (see article for full list)
11 (Native), total: 3 to 7