When I lived in Spain, I was the coordinator for Student Affairs and Integration for Middlebury College, opening Madrid’s door for American and international students. In today’s world, where there is global communication, and many people travel beyond their countries’ boundaries, English is a must for everyone – whether we like it or not. In my case, it was even more important that I spoke good English because I was working for a US college.
Professor Mikkelson is a state and federally certified court interpreter, and is accredited by the American Translators Association. She has been a consultant to court interpreter regulatory and training entities such as the California Judicial Council and the National Center for State Courts, and has published extensively on court and community interpreting. She is a member of the American Translators Association, the National Association of Judiciary Translators and Interpreters, and the Conference of Interpreter Trainers.
Professor Olsen has been working as a conference interpreter and translator since 1993. Before joining our faculty, he was a translator in residence at American University in Washington, D.C. He has taught various courses on simultaneous and consecutive interpreting in the United States, Latin America and Europe. Over the years he has interpreted for the U.S. State Department, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Organization of American States, National Geographic Society, C-SPAN Television, and many other public and private sector clients.
After teaching all levels of Spanish and English as A Second Language at Prince George’s Community College, I served first as Coordinator of ESL and Director of Spanish, then as Chair of the Foreign Language Department. I have also taught Spanish at the University of Maryland, American University, and California State University.
Ever since I joined the Institute in the year 2000, I explored content- based instruction and the Mini-Monterey Model.
Professor Oliva is currently doing research on Distance Learning and the Teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language.
Professor Oliva has taught Teaching English as a Foreign Language courses in various schools in Buenos Aires, Argentina before emigrating to the US. Since then he has been working at Craven Community College in North Carolina and Empire State College in New York. He has been teaching courses on methodology during summer time at Universidad Complutense de Madrid and designed curricula to teach medical Spanish and Long distance courses.