Abstract  The University of Texas at El Paso has instituted French language classes for Hispanophones. The courses were begun to meet the needs of the large Spanish-speaking contingent of its student body. Such a system has psychological and linguistic advantages: students do not have to pass through a second foreign language (English), and the similarities in structure and vocabulary between French and Spanish speed up second language acquisition. More time can then be devoted to the phonetic and linguistic problems of the Spanish speaker. In addition, the presentation of French culture is approached directly, starting from the students' Latin-American background, and not through the barrier of Anglo-Saxon values. Because of the growing number of Spanish speakers in the United States, such a method could be of use not just on the Mexican border, but in any institution having Spanish-speaking students.