Monthly Archives: October 2010

English Language Fellows

The English Language (EL) Fellow Program promotes English language learning around the world and fosters mutual understanding between the people of the United States and those of other countries. It places talented, highly qualified U.S. educators with Master’s degrees with a focus in TEFL/TESOL or Applied Linguistics in all regions of the world.

The EL Fellow Program promotes English language learning and enhances English teaching capacity abroad. Through U.S. embassy projects, Fellows share their expertise, hone their skills, gain international experience, and learn other cultures. Upon returning to the United States, they share their experiences and acquired knowledge with their communities and professional colleagues.

The EL Fellow Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State within the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of English Language Programs, and is administered by the Center for Intercultural Education and Development at Georgetown University, Washington, DC.

For more information, please see the English Language Fellow Program website.

CATESOL State Conference Graduate Student Forum

MIIS TESOL students are invited and encouraged to apply for this year’s CATESOL State Graduate Student Forum taking place at the CATESOL state conference on April 7–11 2011 in Long Beach, CA.

The forum seeks papers which focus on existing or developing ESOL classroom practices or investigate research topics with implications for ESOL teaching and theory. Each student can submit only one proposal for the Forum. Up to three co-authors are allowed per proposal. The proposal submission deadline is Friday, December 4, 2010. The Graduate Forum’s organizing committee will blindly review all proposals. Notification follows by January 8, 2011. Each presentation is 15 minutes with a five-minute Q & A. They will take place on Friday the 8th and Saturday the 9th of the conference and will be identified in the program booklet.  Please note, all presenters must register for the conference.

This is a great experience and professional development opportunity for MATESOL students.  Submission guidelines can be found on the CATESOL website.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact Christina Lorimer at studentrep [at] catesol [dot] org.

For more information (including selection criteria) about the Graduate Student Forum, please see the CATESOL website.

Location: Long Beach Convention Center & Hyatt Regency

Dates: April 7-10, 2011

Deadline for submissions: December 4, 2010

Please e-mail your proposals to Christina Lorimer at studentrep [at] catesol [dot] org

T&I Students Interpret at Jason Scorse’s Book Talk

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International Environmental Policy Program Chair Professor Scorse will be talking about his new book What Environmentalists Need to Know About Economics on Wednesday, October 27th at 6pm in Irvine Auditorium. The talk will cover a lot of ground on U.S. and international politics and effective messaging. It will be interpreted into 4 languages by our Translation and Interpretation students, and will be followed by a wine reception in the upper McCone atrium.

MIIS Professors to Analyze Upcoming Elections

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A panel of four MIIS International Policy Studies professors will analyze the upcoming  US elections at 12:15 Tueday, October 26 in Irvine Auditorium.

Professor Steve Garrett will speak about the foreign policy factor in the elections; Professor Moyara Ruehsen, about economic issues; Professor Jason Scorse, about environmental policy; and Professor Peter Grothe, about political aspects.  MIIS Translation and Interpretation students will be interpreting the event.

Comments and questions will follow the presentation.

The American elections are scheduled for Tuesday, November 2nd.

For more information contact Peter Grothe, at pgrothe [at] miis [dot] edu.

Northern Regional CATESOL 2010

We are pleased to announce that the Monterey Institute, in conjunction with California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (CATESOL), will be hosting a one-day teacher training conference on Saturday, November 13, 2010. The conference theme is “Changing Tides: Transformative Teaching and Learning,” and our key note speaker is Diane Larsen-Freeman, Ph.D., of the University of Michigan.

The conference will also offer featured speakers, workshops, poster sessions, publishers’ exhibits and level rap sessions.

If you are interesting in serving as a volunteer, please fill out the volunteer availability form.

For more information about registration, scheduling, and featured topics, please visit the conference website.

MIIS Fall Forum 2010: What do you know about Sex Education?

The time has nearly come for the Fall Forum, hosted by our MIIS Translation and Interpretation Program!  This semester, Friday, November 19th, 2010, professionals will come to discuss Sex Education.

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Fall Forum Schedule

1:30pm – 3:30pm        “How does the media shape the way we approach sex education?”

3:30pm – 3:45pm        Break

3:45pm – 5:45pm       “The birds and the bees: different versions for boys and girls”

5:45pm                        Reception

There will be guest speakers from Argentina, China, Japan, Korea, Paraguay, Russia, Taiwan and the United States.

What’s This All About?

You never know what a guest speaker might say, especially on a topic like “Sex Education.” Are we talking about China’s one child policy, teenage pregnancy in the U.S., the fact that there was “no sex” in the Soviet Union, or tourists finding racy items for sale in vending machines in Japan?

We will look at this concept from all angles from a social and cultural point of view, in a multi-language setting. Topics will include the media’s impact on our views of sex, how sex is taught in schools, child marriage in some countries, as well as other sensitive issues.

There will be two panel discussion sessions simulating an international conference. Each delegate’s comments will be interpreted consecutively by MIIS student interpreters. Each session will last approximately two hours with a short break in between.

A special reception will follow, and refreshments will be provided.

Admission to this event is FREE, so come on down, and listen to what these professionals have to say!

Pertinent Details

MIIS Fall Forum 2010: What do you know about Sex Education?

When: Friday, November 19, 2010 (1:30pm-6:00pm)

Where: MIIS Irvine Auditorium

Admission: FREE!

MIIS Alumni as English Language Fellows in Afghanistan

Jaala Thibault (right) with an Afghan guard.

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.

The two women will be sharing a Kabul apartment under the supervision of the Asia Foundation, a Central Asian nonprofit organization that has been working in Afghanistan since 1954. Jaala met her students at Kabul Education University for the first time on September 22 and says “The students are really eager to get their classes with me underway, and the faculty is excited to use me for a million projects.” She jokingly adds that she must have some Afghan blood in her background because everyone she meets addresses her in Dari, and some people even refuse to believe her when she says she is American. “From a security standpoint all of my Afghan friends say I am lucky to look like an Afghan!”

Jaala has started blogging about her experience in Afghanistan at

Annual MIIS Alumni ATA Conference Reception

Pre-Dinner Alumni Mixer

In conjunction with the 51st Annual Conference of the American Translators Association

Friday, October 29, 2010

5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.


Rialto Cafe

Art Gallery Room

The Courtyard Marriott Denver Downtown

934 16th St., Denver, CO 80202


Please join Dr. Renee Jourdenais, Dean of the Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation, Language and Education (GSTILE), at the annual MIIS alumni reception held in conjunction with the ATA conference.  Dean Jourdenais will speak to the alumni about news on campus, and will be joined by Translation, Conference Interpretation, Translation & Interpretation, and Translation & Localization Management faculty and staff.

Complimentary appetizers. Cash bar available.

Please register to attend by October 21, 2010 at Click on the Events button to register online. Additional RSVPs can be submitted via email to or by telephone to 831-647-3557.