Six MIIS Alumni Currently on UN Interpreting Staff


Dylan Westfeldt (MATI ’99) reports there are currently six Monterey Institute alumni on the interpreting staff at the United Nations, with four others freelancing and/or in the pipeline for future staff positions.

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Patricia Szasz

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Last Name
Patricia Szasz
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Assistant Dean for Language & Professional Programs, Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation & Language Education
McCone Building 102C
City, State, ZIP
Monterey, CA 93940

Patricia first became interested in the field of language education based on her own language learning experience. She found that learning French as a school requirement was not nearly as motivating as learning Italian in an effort to engage with the Italian people and culture. After working as a software trainer in Silicon Valley, Patricia taught English as foreign language in Milan and Rome, Italy. Her love of teaching eventually led her to pursue her master's degree in TESOL here at the Monterey Institute.

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EDUC 8500 - Principls/Practices Lang Tchng      

Provides an overview of language teaching and learning principles from both historic and current perspectives. Illustrates application of teaching principles through practical examples.

Spring 2011 - MIIS, Spring 2013 - MIIS

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EDUC 8505 - Intro to Classroom Observation      

Develops skills in classroom observation and an understanding of observation as a fundamental professional development and research activity.

Spring 2011 - MIIS, Fall 2011 - MIIS

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Language teacher training, content-based instruction, curriculum design, language program administration, leadership, technology-enhanced language learning, project-based learning, and intercultural communication.

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MA TESOL, Monterey Institute of International Studies

BA English Language & Literature, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

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