Meriwether Lewis plans on launching a world language program in French during the 2016-2017 school year. We believe that by learning another language early in their academic careers, students will benefit academically and socially.
We selected French as our core language for a variety of reasons:
- French has the 6th highest number of speakers in the world. There are currently between 220-300 million speakers and largely because of the growth in sub-Saharan Africa, that number is projected to increase to 750,000,000 by 2050.
- French s one of the few languages that has a presence on every continent.
- French trails only English as the most studied language in the world, and also in terms of the number of countries (29) that have adopted it as an official language.
- French is an excellent language to use as a “gateway” to learning other languages in the future
For more information, please use the links below.
Dual Language Learning and Cognitive Benefits
A French Revolution in U.S. Classrooms