Modern Languages Career Resources

We, in the department of Modern Languages & Literatures, are committed to helping our students prepare for careers doing socially meaningful work that is consistent with their values. 

In addition to working with our faculty to explore possible career paths and how to prepare for them, students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the resources and support offered by the university. We encourage all students to work with Career Services to develop a professional profile on LinkedIn, join the SLU alumni group, and learn how to research and connect professionally with alumni and others online. 

External Scholarship/Fellowship/Grant Opportunities available to SLU students

Arabic

  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship: The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

  • The Critical Language Scholarship Program: It is a fully-funded overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides study opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning. Click here for the Languages supported.

  • Fulbright U.S. Student Program: The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences.  The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding.

Chinese

  • Teach English in China: They recruit English speakers from the US, UK, Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa to teach English in China for a year (or longer if you wish).

Teaching ESL abroad

There are thousands of opportunities to teach English as a second language (ESL) all over the world. Below is a list of programs:

ESL certification program:

  • CELTA: The CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is a common requirement for those entering the field of English language teaching. Since it is recognized internationally, it is a particularly popular credential among people who wish to travel and teach English around the world.
  • LanguageCorps is a MA based organization that helps talented people to Teach English Abroad. Founded by Jerry Patton in 2003, LanguageCorps set out to increase global awareness and internationalism by dispersing English teachers throughout the world, and is now one of the leaders in the burgeoning TESOL/Teach Abroad industry.

Teaching abroad:

  • JET: The JET Program is an initiative sponsored by the Japanese government to promote internationalization at the grassroots level by bringing young, college-educated individuals to work in communities throughout Japan. Since 1987, over 60,000 participants from countries around the world have come to Japan on the JET Program. JET participants work full-time as Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) in the public school system or as Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs) in local government offices. With the JET Program, participants can gain valuable work experience abroad and explore a rich and historical culture.

  • Fulbright US student program: it is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. The program currently awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide. Fulbright U.S. Student alumni populate a range of professions and include ambassadors, members of Congress, judges, heads of corporations, university presidents, journalists, artists, professors, and teachers. Bose Corporation founder Amar Bose, actor John Lithgow, composer Philip Glass, opera singer Renee Fleming and economist Joseph Stiglitz are among notable former grantees. 

Teaching French:
  • Southern Teachers Agency, the nation’s most experienced educational placement service, has helped great schools hire great teachers since 1902.  Today, they serve nearly 600 of the South and Mid-Atlantic regions’ top private and independent schools. STA currently has 30 positions listed for 2015-16 for French Language teachers. Click to see a geographic list of current job openings for teachers of French. STA Application process Click here to apply online.  Start the process as soon as possible!  There is no fee.  STA’s services are free to candidates. Once you’re accepted as an STA candidate, a Placement Counselor will contact you and begin working with you to find the right professional fit for your skills and interests as a teacher, a coach, a co-curricular program leader, and an enthusiastic new member of an outstanding school community.

Teaching in France:
The Teaching Assistant Program in France offers you the opportunity to work in France for 7 months, teaching English to French students of all ages. Each year, over 1,100 American citizens and permanent residents teach in public schools across all regions of metropolitan France and in the overseas departments of French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Réunion. Visit the Prospective Applicants section to find out how you can gain valuable teaching experience, improve your language skills, and experience French culture first-hand through the Teaching Assistant Program in France.

Teaching Spanish:

Teaching in Spain: