Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Director of Peace Corps to be Spring Commencement Speaker at MIIS

The Monterey Institute announced on March 28 that Aaron S. Williams, director of the Peace Corps, will be the speaker at the Institute’s spring 2011 commencement ceremony, scheduled for Saturday, May 21 at 1:00 p.m. on the front lawn of historic Colton Hall in Monterey. The Peace Corps is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Monterey Institute Professor Kathi Bailey Receives Prestigious TESOL Award

Professor Kathi Bailey of the Monterey Institute of International Studies received the Heinle Outstanding Achievement Award on Thursday, March 17 at the annual Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Conference in New Orleans.

Jaymee Martin: Language Teachers Change the World

At the end of the fall 2010 semester, language teaching students in Peter Shaw's Principles and Practices of Language Teaching course gathered to share their group projects at a Trade Fair. Each project contained tasks and lesson designs based on a "macrostrategy" from the book Beyond Methods: Macrostrategies for Language Teaching by B. Kumaravadivelu (2003), who they affectionately nicknamed "Kumar."

The students entered the Kumar Trade Fair thinking it was an ordinary end -of-semester function. They left realizing that it was just the beginning of something much bigger.


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Monterey, CA
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Mike Garnett, TESOL Alum and B.U.I.L.D. Co-founder

Recent graduate Mike Garnett (TESOL’10) discusses B.U.I.L.D., the up and coming language learning collaborative at MIIS.

1) We’re in the Samson Center and even though it’s dead in here, I can still distinguish about four different languages around us. I hear you may have something to do with this? What is this B.U.I.L.D. initiative people have been telling me about?

MIIS Students Share Diverse Cultures, Languages and International Experiences with Local High School Students


MIIS Hosts 500 English Language Education Professionals at CATESOL Conference

The California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (CATESOL) Northern Regional Conference 2010 brought over 500 professionals in the field to the Monterey Institute of International Studies on November 13. The success of the event was evident in the numerous comments on the conference blog, and from the photos on the conference’s Flickr site.

Courtney Pahl and Jennifer Grode: Bringing the 2010 CATESOL Northern Regional Conference to Life

Despite a two and a half month time crunch, two TESOL students organize a major conference for language educators at the Monterey Institute.

Courtney Pahl and Jennifer Grode (MATESOL '11) didn't expect to spend the first few months of their fall semester co-chairing a CATESOL conference for 400 guests. When an emergency search for a new location brought the conference to Monterey, they happened to be in the right place at the right time.


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Monterey, CA 93940
United States
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MIIS Welcomes Three Iraqi Students as Part of New Iraqi Government Initiative

Waleed Khalid Abdulabbas is so keen to get started on his proposed graduate degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) that he couldn’t help feeling disappointed to find the Institute closed on the day he arrived in Monterey—September 6, Labor Day. His enthusiasm for study is not lost on anyone in the Intensive English Program, where Waleed is preparing to pass the high standards in English required for enrollment in the Institute’s TESOL program.

Translation and Interpretation Students Report on “Extraordinary” UN Summer Internship Experience

International Translation and Interpretation Day Celebrated at MIIS and Around the World