Waleed Abdulabbas is from Iraq and graduated from the Monterey Institute in 2013 with his Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Waleed's goal is to create cultural connections and mutual understanding between Americans and Iraqis. Below is the story of his journey to studying in America.
It’s a minor miracle that I am studying English in the United States.
Beyond yoUrself In Language Development (BUILD) is a student-run organization that provides beginning-level language classes to the entire MIIS community. All of the classes are completely free, informal, and fun!
This year BUILD will offer classes in at least 10 different languages throughout the week to accommodate all students' busy schedules. Whether you want to learn how to order a meal in Chinese, sing a song in French, or play a game in Portuguese, BUILD classes will give you that opportunity! Learn more on our blog.
The Monterey Institute of International Studies’ Summer Intensive Language Program (SILP) celebrated a very successful summer in 2011, welcoming 152 students to study one of six languages, a 30 percent increase from last year. This year also saw the return of the Japanese program after a six-year hiatus. “This was a great year, with wonderful students and exceptional faculty from 15 countries,” says SILP program director Alicia Brent.
For more than fifty years the Monterey Institute has offered summer intensive language instruction ranging from elementary to advanced level. This summer around 150 students are enrolled in the MIIS Summer Intensive Language Program (SILP) studying six different languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, Japanese, Russian, or Spanish in an intensive eight-week program. The program pushes students to strongly improve their language skills over the summer digesting three semesters worth of material with their full-time language focus.
Addressing the 247 graduates at the Monterey Institute’s May 21 commencement ceremony, President Sunder Ramaswamy spoke of the road ahead: “Like any proud parent, we have high expectations for you, but only because we know the great things you are capable of accomplishing.” The president talked about the different backgrounds of students hailing from places like “Belarus and Brazil, India and the Ivory Coast, Malta and Mexico, Pakistan and Paraguay, China and Russia” and the common goal that they each have of making a difference i
Five students from the Monterey Institute of International Studies will receive Fulbright awards for the 2011-2012 academic year, the most U.S. student awards received in the Institute’s 56-year history.
The first week in May found experts from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and its James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in demand from Monterey to Melbourne, as media outlets all over the globe sought comments from MIIS faculty on a wide variety of issues.
When Japan was hit with a major earthquake and tsunami in mid-March, the Monterey Institute’s tight-knit international campus community banded together immediately in search of ways to help those affected. Led by a group of Japanese-American faculty, staff and students, the community mobilized to raise funds for the Japan Society of Northern California’s Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund. Faculty and students set up donation tables at campus events and the weekly farmer’s market in downtown Monterey.
The language teaching programs at the Monterey Institute attract a colorful hodgepodge of individuals, each with a compelling backstory. A Bulgaria native fluent in Spanish? A dual-language elementary school teacher enlisting in the Peace Corps? An astronomy-major-turned-world-traveling-polyglot?
Watch students Eliz Tchakarian, Emily Quade, and Derek Yiu tell their stories of how getting a Master's degree in language teaching became the next step in their unique lives.