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.
Jaala Thibault (MATESOL ’07) and Tara Bates (MATESOL ’07) are getting settled in Kabul, Afghanistan this week, where they will serve as the only two U.S. State Department English Language Fellows in the country this year. “Being selected as an English Language Fellow for the State Department is one of the most prestigious positions a recent MA graduate in TESOL or TFL can achieve,” says TESOL Professor Kathleen Bailey.
Professor Jinhuei Dai is a pioneer of innovative teaching and learning strategies. She advocates a "sustainable model" for teaching the Chinese language to policy students from a wide range of language levels and academic interests. By emphasizing individualization, the personal experience of learning, Professor Dai's students cultivate their language abilities.
During her first year of coursework for the Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) certificate, Edie Furniss (MATFL Russian, '10) researched and experimented with a number of new web 2.0 tools and considered their potential applications for second and foreign language teaching. Since then she has pursued a number of opportunities for bringing that work to a larger audience of language teaching professionals.
Jenny Rose Tobin (TESOL '09) spent the summer working with beginning-level ESL high school students at an international boarding school, where she was a writing teacher and activities leader. Having used a social networking tool (Ning) in a CALL course at MIIS, Jenny Rose became interested in exploring this platform for sharing her summer students' writing, as well as a way to host their photos online.