The Monterey Institute community was sad to learn over the holiday break of the passing of longtime professor Leo van Lier on December 23. A professor of educational linguistics, Leo joined the Institute faculty in 1986.
Six students from the Monterey Institute will receive U.S. Fulbright scholarship awards for the 2012-2013 academic year, the most in the Institute’s 57-year history. This surpasses last year's record of five, which had MIIS students landing more U.S. Fulbrights on a per capita basis than every top-ten school in the 2012 U.S. News & World Report college rankings, with a higher applicant success rate than all but one of these leading schools. A seventh Fulbright applicant from the Monterey Institute is an alternate and may still be selected.
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.
“Celebrating Foreign Language Education: A Monterey Bay Symposium” was organized by students from the Teaching a Foreign Language (TFL) and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) degree programs at the Monterey Institute, with the help of faculty and staff.
Continuing to meet the global demand for multilingual, culturally adept professionals, the Monterey Institute of International Studies today announced the launch of its twelfth graduate degree program, the Master of Arts in International Education Management (MAIEM) program.
The student-driven event “Celebrating Foreign Language Education: A Monterey Bay Symposium” will take place on Saturday March 10, 2012, at the Monterey Institute campus. This symposium will bring together local teachers, students, administrators and other professionals from the Monterey Bay area to discuss current trends and issues in the field of foreign language education.
Bryce Johnson is a student at the Monterey Institute pursuing a MA in Teaching a Foreign Language (TFL). He teaches Korean language classes through BUILD, a student-run organization the offers free language classes to the Monterey Institute community. Johnson has been teaching BUILD classes for 3 semesters, using the experience to better himself as a teacher and make himself more attractive to future employers. Johnson's goal is to become a professor of Korean Studies.
Beyond yoUrself In Language Development (BUILD) is a student-run organization that provides low-level language classes to the Monterey Institute of International Studies community. All of the classes are completely free, informal, and fun! They are taught by students in the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and Teaching Foreign Language programs at the Monterey Institute.
It’s hard to think of a more inspiring setting for a day of structured intercultural activities than the natural beauty of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park in the fall. Every year Professor Peter Grothe invites students in his popular course in intercultural communication—as well as students from all degree programs at MIIS—for an all-day retreat in Big Sur.
The Monterey Institute of International Studies has launched the MIIS International Friendship Program, matching incoming international students from various degree programs with enthusiastic local families. The program provides a unique opportunity for students and local families to share their cultures and backgrounds with one another and learn something new. The local families are not expected to provide students with a place to stay, but rather to invite students to explore life outside of the campus.