World Francophone Week at ISBerne


We all know that French has a valued and important place at ISBerne as well as within the general community of Bern where the language is embedded in the Bernese culture. Therefore, along with other French speaking groups around the world, ISBerne will be celebrating World Francophone Week from 16-20 March, in honor of the Journée Internationale de la Francophonie (International Francophonie Day).

Through the PYP and MYP, our French teachers and Grade 10 students will be doing some small but meaningful activities to teach and remind us all of the value, history and culture of French.

For example, did you know that 200 million people speak French around the world? French is still the second most widely learned foreign language after English, and the ninth most widely spoken language in the world! French is widely considered the international language of cooking, fashion, theatre, dance, architecture and the visual arts. French is both a working language and an official language of the United Nations, the European Union, UNESCO, NATO, the International Olympic Committee, the International Red Cross and, of course, the International Baccalaureate. After English and German, French is now the third most used language on the Internet, ahead of Spanish. French is a good base for learning other languages, especially Romance languages (Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Romanian) as well as English since about 50% of current English vocabulary is derived from French.

Due to our location, it is not surprising that more students in our school learn German than learn French, but this by no means indicates that French is less important! After all, learning French is the pleasure of learning a beautiful, rich, melodious language, often called the language of love.

Why don’t you celebrate this language with us? I invite you to visit the Grade 10 French Blog to see what these committed students have been exploring in this rich language!

Je vous souhaite une merveilleuse semaine !

Scott Jackson
Principal at ISBerne

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