Alumni Profile: William Scott Wilson, World-Renowned Translator of Classic Samurai Texts

Sometimes life is what happens when you are busy making other plans, as John Lennon so famously observed. William Scott Wilson (BAJS ’73, SILP ’74) came to the Monterey Institute of Foreign Studies (as MIIS was known in the early decades) in 1970 to master Chinese, but ended up switching to the Japanese program. Searching for a good translation project for his thesis he discovered Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai by the 18th century warrior Yamamoto Tsunetomo. Explains William: “It really got me!”

Career Panel Underscores the Value of Language Acquisition

For many students, the Monterey Institute’s Summer Intensive Language Program (SILP) is a gateway to advancement along their individual path, whether their next destination is a graduate program, further language study, or a return to their professional career. The bottom line is, in addition to opening up new opportunities for intercultural communication, language acquisition is a resume builder.

MIIS Welcomes 158 Summer Language Students from 19 Countries

Summer has arrived at the Monterey Institute and with it an influx of new students immersing themselves in a second or third language.  One hundred and thirty students from the U.S., Canada, Namibia and Ireland are enrolled in the eight-week long Summer Intensive Language Program (SILP). The average class size in the popular program is ten students and the courses involve cultural lessons and field trips as well as intensive language instruction.

Intensive English as a Second Language Program at MIIS Accredited by CEA

Congratulations are in order for the 40-year old Intensive English as a Second Language Program at the Monterey Institute after it recently received formal accreditation through the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA). “It gives us an objective basis not just to believe, but to know that we have a top-notch program,” says assistant director Katie Dutcher. “Personally, it feels amazing to have played a part in taking this next step in the 40-year history of the program.”

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Our faculty include world-renowned literary translators, T&I scholars, pedagogical leaders and conference interpreters who have many years of professional and academic experience and continue to be active in their respective fields.

2012 in Review: A Year of Great Achievements, New Programs and Amazing Students

The Monterey Institute community celebrates 2012 as a year of great achievements and is looking forward to a new year filled with possibilities and promise.
Picking the top five news stories of the year was especially difficult this time around, but we have chosen five important stories, listed by date:

February 24, 2012
Record Number of Employers Seeking to Hire MIIS Graduates at Annual Career Fair

明德—蒙特雷入学英语暑期强化项目

该项目立足于学术成功所需的英语语言技能课程。学生不仅可以通过课程内容学习美国的历史及文化,还能前往临近的波士顿、纽约进行实地考察。这个夏天和我们一起体验青少年英语课程吧!

项目亮点:

  • 浸入式语言环境,每天24小时、每周7天的英语沟通
  • 住宿安排在罗得岛州新港环境优美的萨乌瑞吉纳大学宿舍
  • 每周超过20小时的学术英语课程
  • 注重传授听说读写的技巧和策略
  • 课程内容有助于建立对美国历史文化的理解
  • 提供生活技能研讨会以指导学生如何充分利用大学经历
  • 开放包括图书馆、计算机中心和娱乐设施等在内的校内资源
  • 课外活动丰富,学生可前往波士顿和纽约进行实地考察,还可参加其他各种文体社交活动

今年的暑期强化项目设有两种课程:

Prepare for Adventure: MIIS Winter Term Offerings Announced

For many Monterey Institute students, the short winter term in January is a great opportunity to gain real-world experience and a deeper understanding of a particular subject, and/or to enhance their language skills. The courses and immersive learning opportunities offered for the 2013 winter (or “J-term”) are a wonderful reflection of the vibrant academic environment created by the unique Monterey Institute community.
 

Career Focus Day Helps Students Maximize Their Potential

Monterey Institute students flocked to a wide range of workshops and discussions offered across campus all day on Career Focus Day. They took advantage of opportunities to explore their strengths, learn about different career paths, improve presentation skills, get tips on alumni networking and starting they own business, learn about incorporating social media into job searches, and stretchwork in sessions throughout the day.

MIIS Welcomes One of Its Largest Classes Ever, Launches Three New Degree Programs

The fall 2012 class at MIIS is one of the largest incoming classes in the 57-year history of the Institute, at 420 students. The group includes students hailing from 35 countries and speaking 28 languages.