Five recent graduates of the Middlebury Institute TESOL program found exciting job opportunities and adventures in Saudi Arabia, while enjoying the chance to experience life in a different culture together.
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
“Learning a language is one of the deepest forms of respect you can extend to another culture,” says Thor Sawin, member of the Middlebury Institute TESOL/TFL faculty.
“Communicating culture is a large part of language teaching,” says Monterey Institute alumna Lama Nassif, the newest member of the Arabic Department faculty at Middlebury.
The Monterey Institute and UC Santa Cruz have signed a memorandum of understanding that will allow undergraduate students in the UCSC Linguistics Department to receive credits towards their graduate degrees in language teaching at MIIS.
Monterey Institute students have partnered with seven local community organizations this spring, working with them on diverse projects as part of a new service-learning course that teaches program design by merging theory with practice.
Literally taking class work to the field, two Monterey Institute students and a recent alumna traveled to Haiti this January to implement a student-designed teacher-training curriculum.
Gratitude looms large in the mind of Monterey Institute professor Peter Shaw, who is actively trying to “thank outside the box” this year.
The popular four-year-old student club B.U.I.L.D. continues to offer free language lessons to both MIIS students and the wider Monterey community, with the addition this year of teacher seminars and curriculum support for new teachers.
Signalling continuous growth and expansion of academic programs, the Monterey Institute welcomed nine new faculty members this fall. The new faculty reflect the diverse campus, arriving from near and far and bringing a range of new experience and knowledge to share with students in different programs.
Reflecting the great quality of its program, the MIIS Intensive English as a Second Language Program has been formally accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation.