French

French is spoken by over 200 million people across five continents.

As a Harper student you'll have access to: Flag of France

  • Day, evening and online courses
  • Free, individual and group tutoring 
  • Library with extensive French books and movies
  • Study abroad options
  • A French table

Using a communicative approach, our experienced instructors create an environment for you to grow both as an individual and as a member of a rapidly expanding global community. French courses range from beginning to advanced and conversational levels. You will attain language proficiency in French as you acquire historical awareness and cultural appreciation of French-speaking areas. 

Students often complete their first two years of study at Harper College and then transfer their credits to a four-year institution.

What level course should I take?

If you wish to study French, and you do not have any experience in French, register for a 101-level course. 

If you have some knowledge of French and plan to study French at Harper College, you must take thefree WebCAPE Placement Exam to determine the most appropriate course for you. See what level course suits you best.

Reasons to learn French

American companies well established in France include: IBM, Microsoft, Whirlpool, Mattel, Dow Chemical, AT&T, Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson, Apple Computer, Walt Disney, Hewlett –Packard, and Ford. Among the US manufacturers and employers that are French-owned are: Mack Trucks, Zenith, RCA-Thomson, BIC, L’Oréal, Dannon, and Michelin.

French is the official working language of the United Nations, the European Union, the International Olympic Committee, the International Red Cross, Interpol, UNESCO, NATO and many other international organizations. French is used regularly in many countries including Canada, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxemburg, Monaco, and in many African countries including Gabon, Senegal, Benin, Mali, Ivory Coast, Republic of the Congo and Togo. 

French is the international language of cooking, fashion, theatre, the visual arts, dance and architecture.