Assistantship in France Awarded to Recent Graduate

Published on Thu, September 18, 2008

SCRANTON, PA-September 9, 2008

Maria Alena Scavone, Hudson, was recently awarded a French Government Teaching Assistantship in Bordeaux, France. Scavone was one of 50 applicants selected in the country.

The daughter of Bernadette Scavone, she will be teaching the English language curriculum at French public schools for nine months. In addition, she will have the opportunity to plan several related activities, including a language club and an English performance piece. Her students will range from ages 8-11.

Ms. Scavone graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in French and Spanish from Marywood University in May. She has spent the past summer preparing for her assistantship by collecting children's books, dictionaries, flash cards, sheet music and more. Her lesson plans include a variety of ways to introduce English grammar, phonics, spelling, reading and writing.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to mutually benefit the students and me. The students will improve their English language abilities, and I will have the opportunity to enhance my French language skills and knowledge," said Ms. Scavone.

The English Teaching Assistantships (ETA) program was established in 1946 by the U.S. Congress. ETA is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide.

Upon her return to the U.S. in June 2009, Ms. Scavone's plans include attending graduate school and pursuing a Ph.D. in Foreign Languages.