Monthly Archives: February 2012

Call for Presentation Proposals for Global Education Conference, North Cyprus


Jasmine Court Hotel, Kyrenia – North Cyprus

We would like to invite you to submit proposals for the Global Education Conference, which aims to provide a platform where latest trends in education are presented and discussed in a friendly and multinational environment. Proposals can be either in Turkish or English and for papers, panels, roundtables, posters/demonstrations, and workshops. Furthermore if  the presenter is unable to attend the oral presentation, the virtual presentations and video presentations are available. The deadline for abstract submission is 01 June 2012 and for full article submission 24 June 2012.GEC’12 conference is supported by Cyprus International University, Sakarya University, Izmir University, Pegem-A publishing and will take place on June 25-27, 2012 at the Jasmine Court Hotel, Kyrenia, North Cyprus. All full paper presentations will be published in an online proceeding book of GEC’12 and the selected papers will be published in:

* The Turkish Online Journal of Educational Technology – TOJET ( (SSCI),

* International Online Journal of Educational Sciences – (IOJES) (,

* The Online Journal of New Horizons in Education – TOJNED (,

* Educational Administration-Theory and Practice- (,

For more information please visit the official conference website ( If you require further information, please contact us on

We are looking forward to seeing you and sharing ideas with you.

Foreign Language Education Symposium Coming Soon to Monterey

Student-Driven Symposium to Celebrate Foreign Language Education

February 9, 2012

The student-driven event “Celebrating Foreign Language Education: A Monterey Bay Symposium” will take place on Saturday March 10, 2012, at the Monterey Institute campus. This symposium will bring together local teachers, students, administrators and other professionals from the Monterey Bay area to discuss current trends and issues in the field of foreign language education.

Students from the Teaching a Foreign Language (TFL) and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) degree programs had the idea to bring together local professionals and members of the Monterey Bay community to share ideas and insights about foreign language education. With the support of MIIS faculty and staff they now have a full schedule of exciting presentations and discussions set for March 10.

The keynote speaker will be Monterey Institute Professor Dr. Leo van Lier. Dr. van Lier joined the TESOL/TFL program at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in 1986 and has authored a number of essential books and articles in the field of second language acquisition and applied linguistics. He has been the editor-in-chief for the Modern Language Journal since 2007 and is on the board of numerous other journals.

ATA: Call for Presentation Proposals

The American Translators Association has issued a call for presentation proposals for ATA’s 53rd Annual Conference in San Diego, California (October 24-27, 2012).

Speaking at an ATA Annual Conference is a challenge, but also a personal and professional opportunity. It is a business-smart strategy that can build your reputation in the language services industry—a conference presentation puts your skills and experience in front of more than 1,800 onsite translators, interpreters, language services providers, and government agencies. There is no better way to gain recognition for your services.

Submissions are invited from all areas of translation and interpreting, including finance, law, medicine, literature, media, science/technology, terminology, independent contracting, language services providers, and training/pedagogy. Sessions may be language specific or general.

The deadline for submitting a presentation proposal is March 12, 2012.

Click to submit your proposal today!

ATA 53rd Annual Conference in now online! Look for special events, schedules, hotel details, and registration rates at

Position Vacancy: Insitute of Culture and Language Studies, Bhutan

by Marc Wensveen

MIIS Alumnus Matthew Robinson is a lecturer at the Institute of Culture and Language Studies in Bhutan. The institute is hiring more lecturers as it continues to grow. See vacancy announcement below:

Institute of Language and Culture Studies, Bhutan
Interested candidates: please prepare a cover letter and resume and contact Matt Robinson at

General Information about the Vacancy

The Institute of Language and Culture Studies (ILCS), part of the Royal University of Bhutan, is looking for Lecturers for their English Department. Opportunities for these year-long contracts begin in July, 2012. ILCS is Bhutan’s foremost center for preserving and promoting the national language (Dzongkha) and Bhutanese culture. The institute is now situated in a new campus in the remote and scenic Trongsa district, a half-day drive from the capital.

·      Plan, teach and assess EAP classes (B.A. level) for the English department
·      Provide students with opportunities (inside and outside of class) to practice academic writing, learn about APA citation and referencing norms, gain academic skills, and improve their confidence in using the English language in formal and academic settings.
·      Coordinate extra-curricular activities on occasion
·      Participate in staff/institute meetings, initiatives and functions
·      Additional responsibilities commensurate with candidate’s level of experience and qualifications upon agreement with the ILCS Director
Required Qualifications
·      M.A. in TESOL or closely-related field required (PhD in related field desired)
·      Relevant Experience that demonstrates a record of success and professionalism
·      Flexibility and willingness to adapt to unexpected situations and sudden changes in a professional manner
·      Ability to work well with and perhaps mentor colleagues
·      Interest in preservation of languages/cultures and Bhutanese culture
The Institute of Language and Culture Studies will provide hired lecturers:
·      A local salary which should cover all living costs
·      Basic facilities for teaching/learning purposes
·      Assistance in obtaining all paperwork needed for work in Bhutan
·      2 months of vacation in a year as per institute norms
·      Assistance in finding suitable and affordable accomodation
·      Access to Bhutan’s national health care system in the case of any illness or accident

All other expenses will be the responsibility of the lecturer, and working conditions will be the same as those of regular faculty members of ILCS. Note that the new campus of ILCS is still under construction, and while it is improving every day, one can expect a degree of challenge in living & working conditions. It’s also noteworthy that the position gives lecturers unprecedented access to learning about Bhutanese culture/ languages, and, of course, to see stunning scenery and sites around the country.

MIIS Alum’s Published Twice in the “New York Times”

MIIS TESOL grad Jaala Thibault has two articles published in the NY Times (see links below). Jaala served as a Peace Corps volunteer in China and Kiribati before coming to MIIS. She also served as an English Language Fellow in Afghanistan. She hopes to get other articles published in the future.

1st Article: “Changes in Kabul Classrooms”

2nd Article: “A Teacher’s Learning Curve in Kabul”


Business Foundations Certificate

The Fisher International MBA Program is offering the Business Foundations Certificate to students interested in general business knowledge.  The certificate is designed to better prepare graduates for management positions within areas of language education, international policy, and translation or interpretation careers.  The Business Foundations Certificate (BFC) will build skill sets in various areas of business disciplines. For more information, please visit the Fisher International MBA Program website.