Learning a language can open up a whole new world to people. Many students pursue language study precisely because they want to get involved in making this world a better place. International development has always had a strong pull for language students, offering a chance to travel and experience other cultures while doing good. It is a broad field where one may leverage special interests and knowledge, like health care, law, or business, into a fulfilling exciting career.
Language skills are key
A recent “Career Focus” feature article in The Language Educator highlighted the importance of combining language skills, experience living and working abroad, technical expertise in areas such as business and public administration, with characteristics such as being pro-active, self-motivated, adaptable and able to embrace the unexpected.
In addition to discussions of the Peace Corps and other international organizations, a significant section is devoted to detailing various Monterey Institute programs and alumni, including a discussion of our unique language offerings by GSTILE Dean Renée Jourdenais, and photos and stories of alumni in the field: Jonathan Axtell (MBA ’08), Ravi Dutta (MPA ’09) and Pete LaRaus (MPA ’04).
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of foreign languages, and has more than 9,000
foreign language educators and administrators as members.
The Language Educator is ACTFL’s newest publication; it provides comprehensive coverage of foreign language teaching and administration, and serves educators of all languages at all levels as a single, comprehensive source of news and information.
Copies of The Language Educator are available in the MIIS library, and ACTFL members can read the full issue online.