French has always been among the top foreign languages taught in the American university, even if Spanish occupies the first place. As a result of the social transformations of the 1960s and 1970s and the development of new fields of learning, changes were also introduced gradually into French department programs to include francophone literatures, although in a manner that some have deemed disturbing.
This openness, which is not found in France, has brought about the creation of new faculty positions, some of which are occupied by teachers and writers from Africa and the Caribbean who are making a significant contribution to the training of American students.
Spear, Thomas C.
"Variations sur la langue de Molière; l’enseignementdu français aux États-Unis,"
Présence Francophone: Revue internationale de langue et de littérature: Vol. 60
, Article 2.
Available at: https://crossworks.holycross.edu/pf/vol60/iss1/2