Choosing French

With 274 million speakers, French is the 5th most spoken language in the world. French is an official language in 29 countries besides being a working language and an official language of many international organisations including the United Nations, the European Union, N.A.T.O. and the W.T.O. French is the international language of cooking, fashion, theatre, visual arts, dance and architecture. A knowledge of French also offers access to great works of literature as well as films and songs.

The ability to speak French is an asset on the local and international job market. Students of French have the opportunity to apply for French government scholarships. Students may take up postgraduate courses in France for any discipline and can qualify for internationally recognised French degrees.

You can study French at:

Course Prerequisites Duration Lessons Practical/Tutorial Sessions
Advanced Level

A minimum of grade 5 at SEC Level (MQF Level 3) is required

2 years 5 lessons per week 1 tutorial per week
Intermediate Level

A minimum of grade 5 at SEC Level (MQF Level 3) is required

2 years 3 lessons per week 1 conversation class every fortnight
FLPP

A grade of 6/7 in Sec or SPA Level 2

1 year 4  lessons per week N/A
FLFC

No previous knowledge is required

1 year 4 lessons per week N/A

Special Considerations:

  • *Students following the FLPP level 3 course have the possibility to have an extra lesson a week in order to prepare for the SEC exam.
  • At Intermediate level, students cover language (written and oral), literature and culture.
 

Recommended Textbooks

Advanced:

  • Clés pour la France, Denis C. Meyer, Hachette, 2010; ISBN-10: 2011557364 ISBN-13: 978-2011557360
  • Grammaire Progressive du français Niveau Intermédiaire 4e édition, M. Grégoire, O. Thiévenaz, Clé International, 2017; ISBN10 2090381035 ISBN13 9782090381030
  • Le Malade imaginaire, Molière, Bibliocollège, Classiques Hachette, 1999 ISBN9782017064572
  • La jeune fille au pair, Joseph Joffo, Livre de poche, 1995; ISBN10 2253137502 ISBN13 9782253137504
  • Concerto à la mémoire d’un ange, Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt, Livre de Poche, 2011; ISBN10 225316030X ISBN13 9782253160304

Intermediate:

  • Clés pour la France, Denis C. Meyer, Hachette, 2010; ISBN-10: 2011557364 ISBN-13: 978-2011557360
  • Oscar et la dame rose, Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt, Magnard Classiques et contemporains, 2001; ISBN-10: 2210754909 ISBN-13: 978- 2210754904
  • Grammaire Progressive du français Niveau Intermédiaire 4e édition, M. Grégoire, O. Thiévenaz, Clé International, 2017; ISBN10 2090381035 ISBN13 9782090381030

Further Studies/Career Opportunities

  • University of Malta
  • Institute of Tourism Studies
  • Careers in tourism, translation and interpreting, diplomacy or international relations and with French (or French-related) companies or organisations