There are many benefits of learning a second (or third) language because it can drastically improve your career options. For example, if you’re interested in working in government, knowing both French and English could offer you better opportunities.
As an Ontarian who was failed by our province’s core program, I learned to speak French largely on my own initiative. My quest to learn the language of “la belle province” has been marked by awards for most improved to near failing grades, and everything in between.
“I can see a lot of benefits — teaching experience is always good. It will be very good work experience. How many people can say that they spent a year working abroad? It’s a full-time paying job too, so I guess it’s pretty cool that I have that guaranteed for 12 months after graduating.”
Many students and recent grads choose to teach English in foreign countries, either as a break between academic years or shortly after graduation. Liam Caldwell, a McMaster alumnus with an honours BA in French literature, spent a year teaching English in France.