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Two SMU graduates slated to teach for French government

June 1, 2012

DALLAS (SMU) — Two SMU 2012 graduates have accepted French government teaching assistant positions to teach English in France this fall.

Jose Ramon Campos and Sanaz Talaifar applied directly to the French Embassy in Washington, D.C., for the assistantships offered annually to 1,500 Americans. Selected candidates teach in public schools across metropolitan areas of France and in the overseas departments of French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Reunion.

Candidates are selected based on proficiency in the French language, teaching experience and skills to promote cultural understanding between France and the United States.

Jose Ramon Campos is a native of San Antonio with a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics. He is fluent in French and has extensive experience working with children from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds. Campos will teach in Grenoble, a city in southeastern France. “I am delighted to have been selected for this competitive opportunity to immerse myself once again in French culture, language, food and way of life while teaching English to French students in Grenoble,” Campos said.

Sanaz Talaifar, is a native of Frisco and holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies and French. She will teach in Rennes, located in northwestern France. “I look forward to full immersion in the French language and culture that this program offers,” Talaifar said.

For more information on the Teaching Assistant Program in France and how to apply, please visit