Student Summers: 12 TESOL Students work with the Shimane Exchange Program

 島根県立大学 (Shimane University) & MIIS


Shimane students and photojournalism instructors

34 Japanese students arrived in Monterey from Shimane University on August 1, 2011. They came to the Monterey Institute to study English and experience American culture through the Intensive English Program. They would spend the month of August with eight eager teachers, three  fantastic activity guides, and one incredible cross-cultural coordinator awaited them — all students from our TESOL program.

This symbiotic relationship between Shimane University and the Monterey Institute provides the MATESOL students with the opportunity to implement various principles and practices they have been studying here at the Monterey Institute.

TESOL student teaching Shimane Students

TESOL student examines Shimane photojournalism project

MATESOL students taught classes such as Photojournalism, Introduction to US Culture, and Current Events. The curriculum, designed by the MATESOL students, was tailored to maximize the Shimane students’ interaction with local English speakers. This was accomplished through such classes as Panel Discussion, during which members of the MIIS community visited the classroom and had conversations with the students. During Community Exploration class, the Shimane students were able to practice their conversation skills outside the classroom with visits to the Hopkins Marine Station, the Monterey Fire Department, and Trader Joe’s market.

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