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Foreign Language Department: An Open Letter from a Marywood Fulbright Scholar

Dear Prospective Students,

It's probably too early for you to think about what you want to do after graduation.  Right now, you are exploring your options of universities and majors.  It's a decision that takes time and consideration, and it certainly isn't an easy one.  I remember this well.

After meeting professors of the Marywood Foreign Languages Department; witnessing the rapport they have with the students and the support they offer, I chose to continue my education at Marywood.  I couldn't have told you then where my Marywood education would lead me in four years.  Now I can, and I would like to share my experiences with you.

My name is Maria Alena Scavone.  I graduated from Marywood University in 2008 with a major in Foreign Languages (French and Spanish) and an ad hoc minor in music and dance performance. In my senior year, my professors and the Honors Program Director encouraged me to apply for a Fulbright English teaching assistantship in France.  They worked with me over a period of three months to perfect the application.  As a result, the French Ministry of Education offered me a nine month contract to teach English in the elementary schools near Bordeaux. 
 
Today, I am working in France and have nearly 185 students between the ages of seven and ten.  They are enjoying their English classes, and the older students are writing letters in English to their American pen pals!

Through joining the choir of St. Augustin's Church in Bordeaux, I have met many people who kindly offered me opportunities to experience life in France. That enriching experience of living and working in another country has given me a more enlightened perspective of our world.  Because our world is becoming increasingly globalized, understanding other languages and cultures is necessary for clear communication and cooperation.  My Marywood education and the support of my professors and advisors prepared me for this global experience in teaching and learning.

If you are considering a career in foreign languages, Marywood University offers an International Business major and an Education major in addition to the B.A. degree in Foreign Languages.  These areas of study can be paired with the study of foreign languages. 

I wish you the best in your search for a university and also the best in the career in which you will find yourself in four years.

With kind regards,
 
Maria Alena Scavone
2008 Marywood graduate
English Teaching Assistant
Bordeaux, France


Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things. - Flora Lewis, 1918-2002

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