French Language Advocacy Wiki

The French Language Advocacy Wiki, edited by the AATF (American Association of Teachers of French) links to numerous references and documents to help you promote and advocate for French and develop language teaching programs in your school.

You Wouldn’t Know They Majored in French

Have you ever heard someone say that majoring in French in college limits your options? What can you do with a degree in French? Actually the question should be “What can’t you do with a degree in French?”Here is a list of successful people who majored in French.

Why Learn French?

There are all kinds of reasons to learn a foreign language in general, and French in particular.

Spanish is Easier than French… Not!

There is a common myth among English speakers that Spanish is easier than French. In reality, there are “more difficult than” elements in both. Here is a detailed comparison of the two languages – you decide if one is easier than the other.

Jobs Using French

Think those French classes you have to take are pointless? Take a look at this article – you might be surprised to find out just how many jobs open up to people with good language skills.

French-Speaking Celebrities

If your students don’t see any point in learning French, maybe Jodie Foster and Johnny Depp can help: we’re compiling a list of famous non-native French speakers around the world – your students might be surprised at how cool French really is!Videos of celebrities speaking French:

  • Evangeline Lilly (actress TV show Lost)
  • Emma Watson
  • Jodie Foster
  • Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy)
  • Johnny Depp
  • Hugh Laurie
  • Tony Blair
  • Bradley Cooper
  • Céline Dion
  • And so many more! You can find plenty of videos on Youtube to show to your students.


It is always a nice motivation to hear the story of students who have studied French for a long time. If you can’t bring students in the classroom to talk about what French brought to them, you can use our the videos from our Facebook page.

CLTA Advocacy links

The California Language Teacher’s Association has a page dedicaced to online references to advocate for language teaching and learning. It is also a good idea to be in touch with the CLTA or the AATF when advocating for a language program