Monthly Archives: April 2011

Cover Letter Workshop

Photo: Keith Williamson

Hey Graduate Students, you’re invited!

Who: You, the Graduate Writing Center (GWC), and the Center for Advising and Career Services (CACS)

What: Cover Letter Workshop

Where: Second Floor of McCone in CACS

When: Friday, April 29 at 12pm

Bring: Your cover letter and job description

Come to the offices of CACS on the second floor of McCone for a hands-on cover letter workshop that will provide you with the tools to:

  • Promote yourself appropriately without sounding arrogant
  • Use key words from job descriptions to maximize impact

Working with professional career advisors and writing tutors from the GWC, you will receive personalized feedback on your cover letter that will help attract potential employers.

The Art and Passion of Language Teaching-CATESOL 2011

The Hyatt Hotel and Convention Center in Long Beach photo by: Sarah Hoch

April 7-9 was this year’s annual CATESOL conference, held at the Long Beach Convention Center. The theme of the weekend was The Art and Passion of Language Teaching and hundreds of language teachers from California and Nevada attended. Among them, a few MIIS faculty members like Kathi Bailey, Patricia Szasz, Kelly Calvert and ESL teacher Yulia Nikolskaya gave presentations throughout the weekend. 4th semester Tetsuko Fukawa also gave a presentation at the conference, and several TESOL grad students attended the conference.

MIIS grad students Sarah Colburn and Sarah Hoch at the Conference

Patricia Szasz, Kathi Bailey and Yulia Nikolskaya gave a presenation called, “Getting Past Perceptions: Strengths of Non-Native-Speaking Teachers of English”. This panel presentation examined the situation of nonnative-speaking teachers (NNSTs) of English from the perspective of an administrator, a teacher educator, and an ESL/EFL teacher. The panelists commented on the rewards and challenges of (1) employing, (2) educating, and (3) being non-native teachers of English.

Patricia also led an Intensive English Programs Level Rap. This presentation discussed how an important element of any Intensive English Program is supporting students in getting out and experiencing life outside the classroom. The presenation asked participants, how does your program support students who are interested in meeting “real Americans?” Topics included service learning opportunities, conversation exchange and mentoring programs, student involvement in campus clubs, and more.

Patricia also led an Intensvie English Program Level Workshop called, “Addressing the Diverse Needs of Second Language Writers”. Her panelists were Kelly Calvert, Monterey Institute of International Studies, Mark Roberge, San Francisco State University and Margi Wald, University of California, Berkeley. This workshop discussed how diversity in the Intensive English Program population is continuing to grow. How do we support such a varied student body in achieving their academic goals, especially in teaching them how to write for the U.S. college and university audience? How can we as IEP teachers address the various needs of our students? The panel addressed such issues as improving sentence level accuracy, the fundamentals of comparative rhetoric, and the challenge of plagiarism.

Original image from New York Times, Jim Wilson. Spoofed image from:

This picture was shown during the panel discussion about the use of writing and technology in the second language classroom.

The weekend was a success in many ways, and ideas about environmental literacy, leadership, language idioms, educational policy and how to be an effective teacher with very little resources have been brought back by students to add to the already enriching language education classes here at MIIS.

Business Spanish Immersion Trip to Chile



During the Spring Break, SPLA 8482 Business Spanish students traveled to Chile with the purpose of  becoming immersed in the Spanish language, culture, green business and their field of interest.   At the same time, they made contacts with important Chilean professionals and are in the process of obtaining internships for the summer.

Students participated in a  Homestay Program  living with Chilean families and so were able to  experience the Chilean lifestyle and culture up close and practice Spanish language skills.   Round Table discussions were held with the Minister of the Environment,  the President of the Senate,  Judge Juan Guzman,  and other  important professionals in the University, legislature, and Environmental fields.
Students participating were Chui Archuleta, Beny Cardenas, Sean Curran, Brian Johnson, Anita Joshi,  Brent Knowles, Sarah Lisenbee and Charles Matack.