Monthly Archives: December 2010

MIIS Translation and Interpretation Seminar in Taipei

On November 27th, a team of representatives of the Monterey Institute met in Taipei to discuss the topic  “Language As Asset” and give an introduction to Translation and Interpretation careers. MIIS alumni, prospective students, and translation and interpretation professionals were greeted with a slideshow of photos of Monterey, and then were invited to listen to two panels made up of MIIS alumni.

The first panel session included Daniel Steve Villarreal who discussed the topic “Court Interpreters — Why are we here and who do we serve?”, Joyce Yao who discussed “The Charm and Reality of Novel Translation”, Rachel Yang who discussed “Life as an Interpreter”, and Jackie Yeh who discussed “Race with Time: Working as a News Translator”.

The second panel session included Weisheng Wu who discussed “Technical Career Writing”, Yu-Hsiang (Carol) Kaowho discussed “Studies of Students’ Simultaneous Interpretation Performance with Live Speeches”, and Joyce Yaowho discussed “Introduction to Localization Industry and Translation Memory Software”.

The seminar was well-attended with the 100 person seminar room packed full of attendees and interactive panel discussions. The event was extremely successful at building an interest in the Monterey Institute as well as the field of Translation and Interpretation.

Without the support of Luke Hsieh, Dan, Weisheng Wu, Claire Tao, Joyce Yao, Rachel Yang, Carol Kao, Jackie Yeh, the MIIS Alumni Relations office, MIIS Admissions office, and generous MIIS Translation and Interpretation graduates, none of this would have been possible. We thank them for their help!

Uwe Muegge presents about TermWiki

MIIS Translation and Localization Management professor, Uwe Muegge, will be giving a terminology tool presentation about TermWiki titled “Translation Tools in the Cloud” at the next Original Multilingual Computing User Group (IMUG) meeting.

The meeting will take place on January 11, 2011 at 7:00pm at the Adobe headquarters in San Jose, CA. The meeting will also be webcast live, so you can attend the event via the internet.

For more information about attending the meeting, please see the IMUG webpage about the event.

An Interview with Uwe Muegge

In October 2010, Professor Anthony Pym interviewed Professor Uwe Muegge, who teaches in the MA Translation and Localization Management (TLM) program, a growing program at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. The interview discusses how Professor Muegge made his way from a 20-something to where he is today. He also discusses the current job market for TLM, his personal agenda promoting the use of translation memory programs, views on controlled authoring, tools used in the TLM classes, and the need for more academic research in the field.

In 15 minutes, you’ll find yourself significantly more informed about the field of computer-assisted translation!

Michel Gueldry’s Newest Publications

Professor Michel Gueldry, Professor of French and European Studies at MIIS, is the editor of two newly published books: Consistent Incorporation of Professional Terminologies into the World’s Languages and How Globalizing Professions Deal with National Languages.

How Globalizing Professions Deal with National Languages

How Globalizing Professions Deal with National Languages contains 14 chapters which deal with how people go about teaching languages.  It examines resources, methods, and programs, and looks critically at language teaching, content teaching, and language use in professional settings in the United States and Europe.

Chapter 5 of his book, “The Monterey Model: An Interdisciplinary Platform for Integrating Professional Core Competencies”, written by MIIS faculty Michael Gillen, Michel Gueldry, and Jacolyn Harmer, presents a “flexible, non territorial teaching ‘platform’” intended to inform and inspire language course development.

Consistent Incorporation of Professional Terminologies into the World's Languages

Consistent Incorporation of Professional Terminologies into the World’s Languages looks at 17 case studies and examines the need for career-oriented disciplinary studies.  The book considers the impact of globalization on world languages and cultures and its implications for language and culture pedagogy for the working world.

This book includes four chapters contributed by members of the MIIS community.  Chapter 4, “Languages, Culture, and Education for Nonproliferation Policy”, written by Lisa Sanders-Donohoe and Jing-dong Yuan, highlights three courses at MIIS designed to prepare 21st century leaders in nonproliferation policy, which emphasize the use of content-based instruction.  Chapter 7, “Lessons from the Peace Corps: Where Language Meets Culture in Education”, written by four MIIS peace corps volunteers, explores the influence of language and culture within the formal and non-formal education sectors.  Chapter 10, “Toward Intercultural Competence in the Global Professional: Managing Cultural and Linguistic Barriers to Communication”, written by Kasey Moctezuma, Director of International Service, identifies communication challenges facing the global professional.  Chapter 13, “Integrated Global Communication Services: Redefining the Role of Language in the Context of Business and Government”, written by Jeffrey J. Munks, a former Fulbright Scholar at MIIS, considers the impact of growing linguistic and cultural diversity on public and private ventures.

For those interested in the manifestation of language and cultural education in the real world, Gueldry’s books are a current and welcome addition to your library.  Professor Gueldry has also previously published 2 books on international relations, France and European Integration: Toward a Transnational Polity? and Les Etats-Unis et l’Europe face à la guerre d’Irak.

9th Annual Kumar Trade Fair

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Can’t see the pedagogic forest for the methodological trees? Dont’ worry! Learn all you need to know at the

9th Annual Kumar Trade Fairs

Thursday, Dec. 9th

10:15- 11:30am & 4:15-5:50pm

Casa Fuente 434

Come and join EDUC 8500 Sections A & B (Principles and Practices of Language Teaching) as they present and explore the macrostrategies proposed by B. Kumaravadivelu as the basis for a well-founded approach to language learning and teaching. It’s the Monterey Way!

Dress informal. Light refreshments will be served.

MIIS Ski Trip Meeting!

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A great MIIS tradition is the annual MIIS ski trip, which will be held this year from February 4-6 at  beautiful Northstar-at-Tahoe. There will be a very, very important meeting for all those interested in learning more about the ski trip and signing up for it at 12:15 on Tuesday, December 7th in Morse B104. Faculty and staff members are most welcome to join the trip! We will go up by bus arranged by DLI. DLI will also supply needed ski and snowboard equipment. Northstar has excellent, well groomed slopes for everyone from advanced skiers and snowboarders to intermediates  to beginners.

Many TESOL and T&I students often attend this ski trip, so if you’re interested, be sure to drop by the meeting!

Students Chris Nyberg and Willow Array are organizing the trip. Free ski lessons will be offered to beginners by Professor Peter Grothe who used to be a professional ski instructor. Tell your friends about the snow trip meeting.

A Look at Centered-Based Instruction with TESOL Student, Emily Quade

Emily Quade is a current MIIS MATESOL student with background experience teaching elementary school students.  As a part of this year’s Northern Regional CATESOL 2010 Conference, she presented about a topic she knows well — centered-based instruction.

Emily’s presentation, “Practical Tips, Tricks, & Good Stuff for Centered-Based Instruction“, focused on centered-based instruction, a form of instruction where students rotate from stations within a classroom and do different activities. One benefit of this form of instruction is that the teacher can work at one station and focus with just a few students at a time, while the other students are doing self-guided activities. A challenge, however, is selecting activities that will keep students engaged and learning while on their own at each station.

As an experience elementary-school teacher, Emily wanted to provide other teachers with an introduction to activities that she knows work, as well as keys to management and organization of this approach because she believes centered-based instruction is “a really fun and engaging way [for students] to practice reading [and] writing.”

Emily loves that when students are doing centered-based instruction, they get a chance to work on skills that are really productive, and then when they get to the station with the teacher, they get that “golden time” that is difficult to get when the teacher is focused on an entire class.

One of the best parts about centered-based instruction is that it’s a form of instruction that can be adapted to any age or level, and can focus on the specific skills you want learners to practice.

The hours of hole-punching, photocopying, and prepping activities for the presentation seems to have been well worth it for Emily, because the Bay Area Chapter of CATESOL invited Emily to come to one of their events and present again on the same topic, with a focus on K-12 learners.

Emily found presenting to be a positive experience because “in the field of education, being able to share is really important.” We look forward to her future presentations!

If you’re interested in finding activities and handouts from Emily’s presentation on centered-based learning, you can look at Emily Quade’s page on the CATESOL North 2010 blog.

Student Involvement in CATESOL North 2010

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On November 13, 2010 the Monterey Institute hosted the Northern Regional CATESOL conference with nearly 400 people in attendance. This conference involved a tremendous amount of work and contributions from the student body at MIIS, from arriving in the early morning to prepare breakfast, to translating speeches and presenting, and to even co-chairing the conference.

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You can reference the Northern CATESOL 2010 website for resources created by student presenters and further information about their topics. The conference included student presentations by Emily Quade, Rod Hinn, Greta Shoop, James Atcheson, Marie Wojcik, Tam Roman, Xueting Wang, Kristina Swamy and Chad Miles, PJ Standlee and Mark Garnett, and PJ Standlee again with Wing Cheung.

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Several alumni also presented at the conference, including a feature speaker, Maricel Santos. Professor Kathi Bailey took part in a panel presentation with several current students, and Professor John Hedgcock led a workshop on teaching writing.

For more photos and information about the conference, be sure to take a look at the CATESOL North 2010 site!