Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Teaching English in South Africa

Amber Vanderwoude graduated from the Monterey Institue in 2010 with a MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.  After graduating, she served as an English Language Fellow (ELF) at North West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa. Watch the slideshow below to learn more about Amber's ELF experience.

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MIIS Alumnus Celebrates Ph.D. Supervised by… MIIS Alumnus

Dr. Akihiko Sasaki (MATESOL ’03) met Dr. Osamu Takeuchi (MATESOL ’92) in 1998 when he made his first presentation at the national conference of the Japanese Association for Language Education and Technology (LET).

Sarah DeMola

Program: Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL)

Undergrad: Syracuse University (International Relations and Geography)

Fast Fact: Sarah has taught English to diverse populations including child refugees in New York, college bound teens in California, and continuing education adults in India.

“For me, teaching is really all about leading each individual student toward self-empowerment and self-discovery.”

Sky Lantz-Wagner

Program: Teaching English to Speaker's of Other Languages (TESOL)

Undergrad: University of Georgia (International Business)

Fast Fact:  Sky has swam with whale sharks in Mexico (and even has a whale shark tattoo on his foot!)

"Being in the TESOL program is like being part of the all-star team of language learning and teaching."

Heidi Laidemitt

Program: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Undergrad: University of California (Linguistics and Psychology)

Fast Fact:  Heidi and three of her colleagues were published in the CATESOL 2011 journal. 

"I was really drawn to the rare opportunity of living in such a small and diverse linguistic and cultural community."

Caroline Cuddy

Program: Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL)

Undergrad: University of Rhode Island (BA Spanish and French)

Fast Fact: Caroline walked more than 500 miles of the mystical Camino de Santiago.

"Our collective experiences of travel, language learning and teaching and research make for a truly inspiring cohort of linguists!"

Yinghua Cai

Program: Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL)

Specialization: Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL)

Undergrad: Shanghai International Studies University

Fast Fact: Yinghua taught Mandarin Chinese during the day and English during the evenings over the summer of 2012.

“My professors are the best!!! Supportive and dedicated.”

Yinghua has a bachelor’s degree in translation and interpretation, and gained valuable hands-on experience while in Shanghai, China.  

Lindsey Bowman

Lindsey Bowman TESOL '12

Undergrad: Washington College

Major: English

Hometown: Old Saybrook, CT

Relaunched Alumni Achievement Awards Honor Four

The Monterey Institute’s Alumni Achievement Award Program was relaunched in 2012 as a way to demonstrate the Institute’s commitment to and pride in its alumni through annual recognition of alumni leaders.   These awards are presented during spring commencement which "showcases the kinds of career paths that our new graduates can strive to achieve, and sends them the message that alumni live the school’s motto of “Be the Solution,” according to Leah Gowran, Director of Alumni Relations.  

The Alumni Achievement Awards for 2012 are as follows:

“Babel No More” Author Michael Erard to Lecture on Language Super-Learners

We all learn at least one language as children. But what does it take to learn six languages, or twenty, or seventy?

The Monterey Institute, one of the world’s leading centers for language training and teaching, will play host to a leading authority on language learning when Michael Erard, author of “Babel No More: The Search for the World’s Most Extraordinary Language Learners,” delivers a free public lecture in the Irvine Auditorium from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. on May 2.