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JAMES J. D. NEWTON

JAMES J. D. NEWTON ’16 (Marianne Boesky Gallery)

“After teaching English in Calais, France, I moved to New York where I work at the Marianne Boesky Gallery. As a Gallery Assistant, I find my abilities in French very practical and rely on them regularly. All in all, my decision to undertake a French major at Tulane and the experience of working in France set me apart from the competition. Studying French can only benefit you in the long run.”


TIMOTHY DECOTIS ’16 (Académie de Rouen)

TIMOTHY DECOTIS ’16 (Académie de Rouen)

“I am a Teaching Assistant in Normandy, France, where I work with middle and high school students to improve English skills, with a focus on conversation and pronunciation. The French courses I took at Tulane, particularly Media and Oral Performance, allow me to communicate effectively with my colleagues and determine the best teaching practices for my own students.”


BRIDGET STANGA ’15 (Consulate General of France in New Orleans)

BRIDGET STANGA ’15 (Consulate General of France in New Orleans)

“I decided to study French at Tulane so I could become truly bilingual, and express myself in French orally and on paper at the same level as I could in English. Thanks to the Tulane French department, I was able to continue to develop my French and deepen my understanding of French culture. My ability to communicate effectively in both French and English helped me secure my current position at the Consulate General of France in New Orleans, where I use both languages extensively every day! A huge part of our mission is the promotion of the French language in Louisiana, helping Louisianians reconnect with their Francophone past, and to develop a relationship with other French-speaking populations in the Caribbean region. Tulane’s French department first introduced me to the diverse development of the French language across the world, and provided a great foundation for my current work with regional Louisiana French.”


CAROLINE LANFORD ’15 (The Atlantic)

CAROLINE LANFORD ’15 (The Atlantic)

“The French department was incredibly helpful in assembling my application for the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF). I spent my first year after graduation in the beautiful town of Draguignan in the South of France teaching English in the local primary schools. It was one of the best decisions I ever made, and I never could have done it without the help of my French professors. Since September 2016, I’ve been living in Washington, DC, where I work at The Atlantic, where I’m an editorial assistant to the Washington Editor at Large. I don’t use French everyday, but we will be hosting our CityLab conference in Paris this year with Mayor Anne Hidalgo, London mayor Sadiq Kahn, and Mayor Mitch Landrieu. ”


MADELINE PARRISH ’15 (KOTO - Know One, Teach One)

MADELINE PARRISH ’15 (KOTO - Know One, Teach One)

“I live in Vietnam, where I volunteer for a local non-profit and work part-time at a travel agency. The travel agency works mostly with francophone clients but I work in the newly formed English-speaking department. However, I use French every day to talk with the other Vietnamese people in the francophone departments. It’s such an enriching experience to be able to communicate with them in French and increase the number of people I learn from and connect with. I also love using my French to help me better understand Vietnamese.”


MOSSIE LIERLE ’14 (Google; Client Amazement)

MOSSIE LIERLE ’14 (Google; Client Amazement)

“Both of the jobs I currently hold require French proficiency. I work remotely for Google, reviewing French advertising content for cultural and linguistic accuracy. I also work as a French-speaking account representative for an IT training company in Phoenix, where I serve as a liaison to our French-Canadian clients. I recently translated the company’s website into French as well. I would not be where I am in my career without the outstanding course instruction and mentorship from Tulane’s French faculty. I began to study French my freshman year at Tulane, but thanks to the encouragement of my professors, I quickly gained confidence in the language. I continued to take as many French courses as possible and had the opportunity to study abroad in France my junior year. Deciding to major in French was one of the best decisions I have made! My French education at Tulane has been invaluable to my personal and professional growth.”


BROOKE SCHUELLER ’13 (Marigny Opera House)

BROOKE SCHUELLER ’13 (Marigny Opera House)

“I am currently employed at the Marigny Opera House as Wardrobe Mistress, where I manage and design costumes for the ballet. I am also launching a clothing brand under the name ‘Sauvageries.’ I apply my French education to deciphering ballet terms as well as instructions on vintage lingerie patterns.”


ANNE LOOTENS ’13 (Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans)

ANNE LOOTENS ’13 (Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans)

“Majoring in French at Tulane directly led me to my current position as an academic interventionist at Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans, a French immersion charter school in New Orleans. I use skills I honed at Tulane on a daily basis, communicating exclusively in French with colleagues and students”


MICHAEL ROSS ’13 (Freelance Translator and Interpreter)

MICHAEL ROSS ’13 (Freelance Translator and Interpreter)

“I am a freelance French-English translator and interpreter. Studying French at Tulane brought my language skills up to a much higher level, making it possible for me to build this career where I get to help facilitate communication between French speakers and English speakers all the time.”


MATTHEW BRANDEBURG ’13 (Deloitte)

MATTHEW BRANDEBURG ’13 (Deloitte)

“I am a Consultant at Deloitte, a professional services firm, where I work with the Department of Defense as a member of Deloitte’s Federal practice. In my day to day, I constantly interact with stakeholders and information sources from a variety of nations, and French has been a critical tool in my skillset. Many countries of interest, from financial markets to conflict areas, utilize French. The Department of French and Italian at Tulane, by giving more than just a grammatical instruction, but also a a strong cultural and historical context for the language, gave me the skills I needed to successfully tackle the challenges of my work. My French background has been a definite edge in the job market.”


DANA AZZOUG ’12 (Marketing Content Specialist)

DANA AZZOUG ’12 (Marketing Content Specialist)

“I am currently a Freelance inbound marketing specialist living in Marseille, France. My clients are both French and English speaking and I occasionally provide freelance translation services on demand. My decision to major in French at Tulane University was one of the best choices I ever made, and has directed the course of my life ever since. Tulane’s French Department provided me with a rigorous language education that had me fluent by the end of my junior year, and introduced me to the complexities of French culture, politics, and philosophy.”


TERESA BRUNO ’07 (Hunter College)

TERESA BRUNO ’07 (Hunter College)

“My French studies at Tulane set the foundation for my graduate coursework in applied linguistics and education, and my general education at Tulane prepared me for ongoing academic and professional success. Tulane’s emphasis on service and community engagement drove me to my career to serve public school students and teachers and enrich their linguistic opportunities. I have been working at the Hunter College School of Education since 2013, concentrating on teacher education for ESL and Bilingual French, Spanish and Mandarin classroom teachers. I coordinate the TESOL & Bilingual Partnership programs. I have also worked collaboratively on many initiatives: as a City University of New York Delegate for the Vietnam-US Partnership and as a conference organizer for the New York City Department of Education World Languages Department, among others. My work has led me on service-learning trips to France, Switzerland, Italy, Thailand, and India, and I continue to use French in my career.”


Would you like to share your story or are you looking to recruit a graduating French major? Please contact Jeanny Keck at jkeck@tulane.edu

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