French at the FSZ
French is ranked second in the world as the language of communication and is of equal ranking to English as the official working language for almost all international organisations (UNO, UNESCO, the Council of Europe). 16 procent of our European neighbours are native French speakers. Thanks to the 1963 Treaty of Friendship between France and Germany, both governments promote the other's language. The Franco-German Office for Youth (DFJW/OFAJ) ensures that this commitment is sustained - in particular, supporting school twinning, which has proven very beneficial for the FSZ.
Furthermore, French plays a greater role in the working world than is often considered: 400,000 jobs in Germany depend upon economic exchanges with the major economic and trading partner.
Thus, communicative and intercultural competencies are a main focus of French learning at the FSZ.
- Many courses utilise multimedia resources, interactive resources or French cinema for language learning.
- Furthermore, the FSZ collaborates with universities in France (Paris, Vannes, Grenoble, Strasbourg, Le Havre) and in the USA (French seminars at Smith College, Northampton, MA), facilitating intercultural exchange, direct communication and contact between French and Germans.
- Whilst language tutors are often a feature of many courses, participants can also exercise their language knowledge with Erasmus students from partner universities. Moreover, on Tuesdays from 16:00 to 18:00 students have the opportunity to use the media room for independent learning (e.g. grammar, vocabulary training). Here you can also obtain individual guidance from a tutor.
- Additionally, activities and events organised by the "Table Française in Hanover", a Franco-German student group prove to be a good supplement to courses.
Thus, French is learned through reflection, exchange with a partner or guidance from tutors.