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Old 02-16-2012, 12:19 AM
 
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Im graduating college in May with a degree in French. I began an initial teaching certification program, but was unable to complete it. I was wondering if anyone has any advice on teaching careers.. i was thinking about doing my masters in ESL or french education.. I love kids and i would be interested in any other careers involving them, preferably a city job.. Im just so close to graduation and I have no idea what I'm going to do! Any advice would be helpful-- thank you!!
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Old 02-16-2012, 06:40 AM
 
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You probably won't be able to afford an apartment in the city on your starting salary.
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Old 02-16-2012, 07:46 AM
 
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To be honest with you, certification in second languages is not in high demand in NYC schools. In fact, when budget cuts loom, those teaching jobs are the first to be cut off. So as I result, I would NOT recommend getting the masters in French. I definitely recommend going the ESL route as that is more in demand right now.
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Old 02-16-2012, 02:58 PM
 
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Yes I am a teacher in NYC public schools and there is a much larger demand for ESL than for foreign language. If you could somehow manage to become certified in bilingual French education (either in addition to or instead of the others), I would imagine that might help you as well, I know in my school there is an under served Haitian and African community that need bilingual/ESL services but most offered are for Spanish natives not for French. With the right population it could be an asset.
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Old 02-16-2012, 06:55 PM
 
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Im graduating college in May with a degree in French. I began an initial teaching certification program, but was unable to complete it. I was wondering if anyone has any advice on teaching careers.. i was thinking about doing my masters in ESL or french education.. I love kids and i would be interested in any other careers involving them, preferably a city job.. Im just so close to graduation and I have no idea what I'm going to do! Any advice would be helpful-- thank you!!
It's going to be rough. French has been scaled back for years in the schools, even with the increase in the Haitian population. You could try the lycee in Manhattan. There is a blilingual French school in Westchester or there used to be. I had a friend who was a French major and he mangaged to get an entry level job with one of the French banks in Manhattan. If you want to be a public school foreign language teacher, you will need at least another certification in another language. Usually it's Spanish, but it's common to have certification in French/Spanish/Italian. If you want to move, there is a French bilingual public school in one of the school systems in a suburb near Boston. It would be helpful if you have native fluency. Most of your competition will have it. Bonne chance!
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Old 02-16-2012, 08:01 PM
 
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If its still not too late you could always change your major to quantum physics, they're are always jobs available in that field.
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Old 03-02-2012, 10:52 PM
 
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