Cultural awareness and true internationalism lie at the heart of TCG’s concept and we uphold this philosophy through our language programme. Understanding a language gives us a deeper understanding of it and respect for its culture. An international, multi-lingual environment therefore helps children develop effective communication tools – a must in today’s international world.
Our emphasis on languages helps make TCG internationally-relevant, enabling students to graduate into any school and any curriculum in the world. It also helps us deliver a contemporary education experience in terms of the age in which we’re living; our language philosophy lays strong foundations that children can build on to help them meet the challenges of the 21st Century.
The main language of instruction is English and the other languages of instruction are determined by the needs of the specific catchment area in which TCG is located. TCG Jumeira and Barsha offer English, French and Arabic while TCG GC offers English, German, French and Arabic.
Why Speak French?
“The most precise image of the French spirit is the French language itself”
Désiré Nisard, Histoire de la Littérature Française
1. French is the fifth most widely spoken language in the world
French is an official language in 29 countries and is understood in 55 countries by over 200 million people. It is an official language of all United Nations agencies, NATO, UNESCO, the European Union, the International Olympic Committee, the International Red Cross and a large number of other important international organisations.
2. French is ranked as the second most influential language in the world for a combination of factors including:
a) the number of French speakers worldwide
b) the number of major fields using the language internationally
c) the economic power of the countries and organisations using the language
d) the social prestige in which French is widely held
3. French is one of the greatest languages of culture and romance
French is a major lingua franca of culture. Understanding French therefore opens the door to a wider appreciation of art, music, dance, fashion, food, architecture and literature. France has produced many of the world’s greatest philosophers, won more Nobel Prizes for literature than any other country, is one of the top producers of international films and its array of museums are famed world-wide, with the Louvre being one of the oldest, best-known and most widely-visited museums in the world.
4. Speaking French will expand your international study and career opportunities
When deciding on which foreign language to study at school, many parents and students choose French because, apart from English, this is the only language spoken widely on five continents. Since an understanding of a language brings with it an understanding of its culture, speaking French will therefore give you the greatest number of choices later on in your studies at the same time as improving the interpersonal skills you’ll be able to bring to your international career.
5. French speakers have access to a range of good job opportunities
France plays a leading role in many industries, including: automobiles, trains, economic development, high energy physics, medical genetics, electronics equipment, aerospace, satellites and more.
6. Understanding French improves your understanding of English
As strange as that may sound, it’s true! You learn a lot about your own language when you study another and as over 50,000 English words have their origin in French, it will help improve your knowledge and understanding of English vocabulary.