During her first year of coursework for the Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) certificate, Edie Furniss (MATFL Russian, '10) researched and experimented with a number of new web 2.0 tools and considered their potential applications for second and foreign language teaching. Since then she has pursued a number of opportunities for bringing that work to a larger audience of language teaching professionals.
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Sky Lantz-Wagner (PCMI/TESOL '12) shares his journey from scuba-diving instructor to graduate student:
I never expected to become a teacher. After college, I worked as a scuba-diving instructor in Egypt, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico. Thanks in part to a degree in international business, I had the opportunity to found Whale Shark Experience, an ecotourism company in the Mayan Riviera. It was an adventure, but not a career path I wanted to follow.
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Language Program Administration is a profession. To work successfully as a language program administrator you will need professional skills such as developing budgets and monitoring expenses, training teachers and aides, and evaluating program effectiveness. This specialization will prepare you for the world of language education administration.
Core and elective courses in CALL equip teachers with the experiences, perspectives and tools to integrate a wide variety of learning technologies in ways that enhance language learning and teaching. The full CALL specialization is also excellent preparation for the increasing number of leadership positions in the rapidly expanding field of educational technology. Both theoretical and pedagogical insights, and practical, hands-on skills are emphasized. We maintain a strong focus on learning principles and processes, and never let sound teaching practice be overshadowed by technological w
Students interested in pursuing an MA at Middlebury College in Teaching Chinese may elect to participate in the "Monterey Option" for this degree and pursue one year of coursework in the Teaching Foreign Language (TFL) program at the Monterey Institute.
The "Monterey Option" includes two summers at Middlebury with an academic year at Monterey.
Give us a little biographic information about yourself.
I'm half-American and half-Japanese. I grew up in Japan, and then moved to the US for college when I was 18. My degree was in French. Previous to MIIS, I worked at numerous language summer camps. I also held other types of jobs, such as a Starbucks barista for a year.
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Historical Dictionary of United States-Middle East Relations
Adama becomes an English teacher and looks to incorporate technology and the internet into our classes to connect the classes with the English speaking world. The administration of her school resists and Adama can see the difficulty with change first hand.
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