Professional Resources and Associations
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- Paul Conroy graduated from SJU in 2005 and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in African Studies at Ohio University and learning Somali over the summer. Beginning in February 2012 he will be studying for a master's degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia as a Rotary Peace Fellow. After his studies, he intends to work with African refugees in an international refugee agency.
He writes, "My inspiration to pursue graduate studies in African Studies and International Peace and Conflict Resolution arose through spending three years as an English instructor at Hanga Abbey in Tanzania through the Saint John's Benedictine Volunteer Corps as well as through interacting with various African communities in Minnesota. The knowledge and experiences I had as an English major at St. John's proved very useful during my years teaching English grammar and literature in Tanzania. I admit, however, that I was always surrounded by English grammar books when planning my lessons! Furthermore, through studying English I have developed a lifelong appreciation for the rich literature of various cultures as a unique and indispensable avenue to learn more about the people and places of our world."
- Alex Seydow graduated from CSB in 2007 and immediately left the country to teach English at a high school in France. After she returned to the United States, she started volunteering for an Adult Basic Education center in Minnesota. She currently works at Normandale Community College as an English for Academic Purposes tutor and is also finishing her master's degree in Teaching English as a Second Language at Hamline University.
She writes, "I loved teaching English as a foreign language because it gave me a chance to think critically about the English language, and I've always been a bit of a grammar nerd. Now, I'm finishing my master's degree at Hamline University in Teaching English as a Second Language. At Hamline, I took classes in linguistics, phonology, grammar, course design, and the history of English. My favorite courses were the linguistics classes in which we explored how the English language is structured, how it compares to other languages around the world, and how society and power structures influence language choices. I've often described my work as simply having interesting conversations with interesting people from around the world on a daily basis. Plus I can work anywhere in the world! Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) or teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) are great career choices if you like to travel, learn about different cultures, and help people achieve their goals."