Monthly Archives: February 2011

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

When I first heard that the TESOL 2011 Annual Convention would be in New Orleans, I was excited. When I realized it would be on St. Patrick’s Day, I practically booked my plane ticket then and there. St. Patrick’s Day in New Orleans — what fun! Yes, I had been burned in the past by TESOL’s choice of location. Namely in 2009, when a blizzard hit Denver just as my plane was trying to land. But that’s a story for another time. I’m really looking forward to being in the Big Easy for the conference this year. It promises to be a busy week as I will arrive early to attend a CEA accreditation workshop Monday & Tuesday. On Wednesday, I’m taking a workshop presented by Denise Murray and MaryAnn Christison – two of my program administration idols – as part of the TESOL Leadership Development program. Thursday we will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the MA TESOL program at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. And on Friday, I’m presenting my own workshop on the role of Emotional Intelligence in Language Program Administration. I can’t wait to see friends, alumni, and colleagues who will be coming in from around the world for the event! It promises to be both a great professional development experience, as well as just a really good time. Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Winter Break Updates

The wonderful professors in the MIIS Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation, and Language Education are frequently attending seminars and workshops related to their field around the world, and this winter has been no exception.

Wallace Chen, Assistant Professor and Chinese Translation and Interpretation Coordinator, has been very busy this season. He gave a keynote speech at the 15th International Conference on Teaching Translation and Interpretation, held at Chang Jung Christian University in Tainan, Taiwan on Dec. 17 2010. The topic was “Using Corpora in Teaching Translation and Interpretation.” He has also recently given a workshop to undergraduate students of translation and interpretation at National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan. The topic was “Corpora: a Translator’s Treasure Box.”

Photo: Daymin Taipei, Taiwan

Dr. Jin Huei Dai, Assistant Professor of Chinese, was invited for a three day Teaching Chinese Workshop at Hsinchu University of Education (Hsinchu, Taiwan) on Dec. 6th, Dec. 20th 2010, and Jan. 3rd 2011. The workshop went very well and afterwards Professor Dai was asked to give a few related talks before she left for the U.S.

Stay posted for other exciting news and events about our professors and graduate students!

Richard Korn’s Spring Lecture

On February 23 at 12pm, Richard Korn will be guest speaking in the Irvine Auditorium as a part of The Monterey Institute’s Spring Lecture Series. Mr. Korn will also be a member of the Career Fair panel. His lecture is titled, “Medical Device Localization: The Day in the Life of a Localization Manager”.

The world of a localization manager at a medical device company is exciting and diverse. Products that diagnose or treat life threatening conditions require heightened quality and a focus on procedures and regulations. The growth of international markets for medical devices in recent years emphasizes the importance of exploring creative localization and testing techniques. Regulatory, marketing, technical and quality goals all play a part in the day of a localization manager.


The juggling act continues as the regulations shift, at times, on a weekly or daily basis. Please join Richard Korn as he discusses the unique nature of medical device localization and how he formed a localization unit at St. Jude Medical from the ground up.