I am passionate about helping organizations better communicate internationally to improve the lives of individuals. From small businesses to large corporations and from religious groups to humanitarian nonprofits, organizations can expand their reach to help more people if they can grow and communicate effectively on an international level.
Localization processes, project management, computer-assisted translation, machine translation, translation quality control, internationalization, website localization, software localization, social localization / community translation, and international marketing
Co-founder of Silicon Slopes Localization Group, 2013 – Present
International Business Columnist at DeseretNews.com, 2010 – Present
In addition to teaching in the Translation and Localization Management degree tract, Adam also previously taught courses on translation technology and localization at Brigham Young University (BYU). He is co-founder and CEO of the localization company AccuLing, a partnership with the makers of Fluency translation technology. He has experience working in many roles in the language services industry including project manager, marketing executive, translator, and court interpreter. A frequent writer and speaker on global business topics, Adam attempts to use humor in his DeseretNews.com column to illustrate lessons on international business, marketing, language, and culture.
MBA International Management, Monterey Institute of International Studies
MA Translation, Monterey Institute of International Studies
BA Spanish Translation, Brigham Young University
DeseretNews.com International Business Column: http://www.deseretnews.com/author/22830/Adam-Wooten.html
I am passionate about all things “language”.
I enjoy meeting and interacting with my students and teaching them real-world translation and localization skills. I have always appreciated the fact that professors at MIIS remain working professionals.
I came to MIIS from a career in banking. I have been in the localization business for 19 years, now. Most of that time, I have worked at MediaLocate, here in the Monterey area. I have worked as a freelancer, a project manager and a vendor manager, and I am now their terminology manager. So I understand the importance of terminology management from multiple perspectives.
Marked ten-year anniversary at MediaLocate
Appointed Terminology Manager at MediaLocate
In addition to the expertise mentioned above, I taught second-year translation at MIIS. So I am familiar with the teaching philosophy of the Institute.
B.A., Interamerican Studies, Elbert Covell College, University of the Pacific, 1979.
Institut Supérieur d’Interprétation et de Traduction (ISIT), Paris, France, 1992-1993.
M.A., Translation and Interpretation, English-French, Monterey Institute of International Studies, 1996
In the context of my work, I assist MediaLocate in finalizing articles and blogs for publication on our website. This is our focus, rather than publishing in the classic sense. In addition, this is the link to my team thesis project, which is a text that will be useful to anyone who has acquired a second language.
Computer Assisted Translation, Translation Management Systems (TMS), Website Localization, Software Localization, Machine Translation, Multilingual SEO/SEM, Internationalization Fundamentals, Subtitling, Business of Localization, Localization Sales & Solutions Development
ATA 54th Conference joint presentation: “Preparing Translation Students to Be Critical Readers of Machine Translation”
Interviewed/quoted for Associated Press interview: “Cheap translations, but not replacement for humans”
Editor/Contributor - Chapter 2 of “Translation and Web Localization” by Dr. Miguel Jimenez-Crespo (see ‘Acknowledgements’ page)
New York University “Award for Teaching Excellence”
ATA 52nd Conference presentation: “Translating Digital Media: Marketing 2.0”
Nearly 14 years in vendor-side localization with a heavy focus on: translation technology; website/software localization engineering; educating Fortune 100 IT companies and “hot” startups on localization & internationalization best practices; consulting on international, online marketing strategy.
Total of six years as a localization engineer for Bowne Global Solutions, Translations.com and International Accessibility Corporation; eight years as a localization solutions architect for Moravia and Acclaro.
Have been teaching the following courses both inside and outside of MIIS since 2003:
Computer Assisted Translation – 12 years
Website Translation & Localization – 9 years
Software Localization – 3 years
Business of Translation – 5 years
B.A. – Chinese Language & Literature, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
M.A. – Chinese Translation, Monterey Institute of International Studies
Webinars: Multilingual SEO
Geek2Geek Localization Q&A Forum Posts
“'X' Files” - ATA Language Technology Division Newsletter - January 2010
English-Chinese translation and interpretation have been my passion ever since college years. Prior to returning to MIIS, I worked at McKinsey & Company, a global management consultancy, as an in-house translator and interpreter based in Shanghai. There I spent half my time translating business documents, and the other half interpreting for the firm’s foreign partners at various client meetings.
Interpreting and translation of English and Chinese
MA, Conference Interpreting (English and Chinese), Monterey Institute of International Studies
BA, Translation and Interpretation (English and Chinese), Fudan University, China
Simultaneous and consecutive interpretation of Japanese and English, translation from Japanese to English
I have over 15 years of experience as an interpreter and translator of Japanese and English, including in-house positions in the automotive, consumer goods, and financial services industries, as well as the public sector. I am certified as a Japanese-to-English translator by the American Translators Association and the UK’s Chartered Institute of Linguists, and have extensive simultaneous and consecutive interpretation experience in fields including investor relations, IT, supply chain/logistics, marketing, and product development.
MA with Distinction, Conference Interpretation (Japanese and English), Monterey Institute of International Studies
BA with Highest Distinction, East Asian Languages and Literatures (Japanese), Indiana University
I am passionate about (equal access to) second language learning, social entrepreneurship, web development, linguistics, tandem learning, world cinemas, and traveling with a purpose.
At MIIS, I am excited about the possibility of creating knowledge and projects with students and colleagues who are genuinely motivated to challenge the way we learn and live beyond physical borders. That and the happy hour on Fridays! ... In all seriousness, I am looking forward to join a learning community where students and faculty, theory and practice, seem to go hand in hand.
My main area of expertise is language learning & technology. In particular, my dissertation focuses on Language Learning Social Networks (LLSNs) and online tandems (the interchange of languages on the internet) as part of the curriculum. In this field I like to see myself not only as a researcher but also as a practitioner, relentlessly willing to improve and develop spaces and resources for language learning. Other areas of research and professional experience include journalism, study abroad, and social entrepreneurship.
Excellence in Teaching Year Award from the UC Davis Department of Spanish & Portuguese. 2013-2014.
Coauthor of iCultura: Multimedia textbook for the intermediate level in Spanish. 2012-2014.
Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores (MAEC) & Asociación Española de Cooperación Internacional y Desarrollo (AECID) Lectureship at Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX). 2008-2010.
Associate Instructor (University of California, Davis): 2010-2014.
Visiting Lecturer (Southern Methodist University): 2008–2010.
Coordinator for Student Affairs & Integration (Middlebury College in Spain): 2005–2008.
Online Project Manager (Cepal Formación, Spain): 2002–2004.
Journalist (Madrid, Spain): 1997-2007.
Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics. Designated Emphasis on Second Language Acquisition. (University of California, Davis). 2010-2014.
M.A. in Applied Linguistics for the Teaching of Spanish (University of Antonio de Nebrija, Spain). 2005-2008.
B.A. in Humanities (University of Carlos III, Spain). 1997-2001.
With Blake, R., Can you repeat, please? L2 complexity and fluency development in the hybrid “classroom”. (Forthcoming).
Awareness and Corrective Feedback in Social CALL, Tandems and E-Tandems (2015). In International Association for Language Learning Technology Journal 44 (2): 1-42.
With Blake, R., Bradley, T., and Comins, D. (2014). iCultura: Multimedia textbook for the intermediate level in Spanish. University of California: Davis.
With Blake, R. Best Practices for an Online Spanish Course. The FLT Magazine. March 20, 2014.
La aplicación que nos quitará el trabajo (mecánico). Huffington Post. November 2, 2013
El ocio y el negocio de aprender una segunda lengua: estira la red. Huffington Post. September 27, 2013
More than 300 articles published in newspapers, magazines, and digital publications (2000-2007)
I am passionate about human rights, the ocean, languages, and foreign policy.
Learning a new language opens one’s mind to new experiences. I strive to provide my students with the Spanish and cultural skills necessary for employment, studies, and life in the Spanish-speaking world. With content-based instruction I guide and motivate students to pursue their academic and professional interests in Spanish. This is so exciting and gratifying because my students often find jobs, internships, and fellowships in Spanish-speaking countries.
I have completed postgraduate studies in didactics and linguistics in the Spanish Basque Country. I currently teach content-based Spanish language classes related to social justice, history, Latin American history, US-Latin American policy, international trade, economics, and international relations. I learned to speak Spanish and Basque fluently while living in Spain and teaching ESL(English as a Second Language). Because of my strong belief in both grammar fundamentals and immersion, I also lived and worked in Puerto Rico and Chile--where my love for the ocean and Spanish combined beautifully.
Graduated from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in May 2012
Taught as a Spanish TA at MIIS 2012
Became a Spanish Professor at MIIS in 2013
Surfed Waimea Bay, Hawaii, March 2014
Monterey Institute of International Studies, Custom Language Services: English and Spanish Instructor. Winter 2014-Present
Monterey Institute of International Studies. Summer Intensive Language Program: Tutor and Activity Guide. Summer 2013
Monterey Institute of International Studies. Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation, and Language Education: Spanish TA. 2012
American Translator’s Association: Spanish-English Translator and Interpreter. 2005-2010.
Home School Instructor. 9th Grade, Bilingual Education. Isabela, Puerto Rico. 2007.
Elduaien Language Academy: Professor of English Language. San Sebastián, Spain. 2004-2006.
Colegio Erain: Professor of English Language and Spanish Literature. Irún, Spain. 2003.
2012 The Monterey Institute of International Studies: M.A., International Policy Studies.
2005 The University of the Basque Country: Psicodidáctica de la lengua y la literatura.
2002 University of California, San Diego, B.A., English and Spanish Literature.
1998 Loyola High School of Los Angeles, Jesuit College Preparatory.