Monthly Archives: June 2012

Curriculum Design Trade Fair Wows Guests

Angie Petinos (left, MATESOL candidate) and Karen Wong (right, MAIEM candidate)

MIIS TESOL/TFL candidates wowed guests on May 18th when they presented their original curriculum design projects. Each curriculum was carefully designed for a particular context after the needs and interests of all relevant stakeholders had been assessed. These programs include the Peace Resource Center in Seaside, CA to Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy in Baku, Azerbaijan to an Elementary school on the island nation of Tonga and places in-between.

After forming teams, students engaged with the context they selected and followed the process from needs assessment through creating goals and syllabus frameworks to designing units and lessons. From all this hard work and dedication, MATESOL/MATFL students emerged with marketable curriculum design skills and curricula that they are proud to present to their clients.

The MATESOL/MATFL candidates appreciated the opportunity to solidify and synthesize their knowledge of curriculum design via presentations to guest. Furthermore, the fair gave student peers, faculty and staff the opportunity to see the great accomplishments of  MATESOL/TFL candidates.

“It’s like showing off your baby” says Kimby Murakami (MATESOL ’12) of the trade fair.


MIIS Professor & Alumna Publish Chapter in Book

MIIS Professor Kathleen Bailey and MIIS Alumna Mica Tucci (MATESOL ’12) published a chapter in the book Contextualising EFL for Young Learners: International Perspectives on Policy, Practice and Procedure, edited by Helen Emery & Fíodhna Gardiner-Hyland.

Bailey and Tucci’s chapter is entitled Using Songs in Teaching EFL to Young Learners and is based on their experience using songs to teach English to children. The chapter begins by dealing with the cognitive and affective reasons for getting young children to sing and dance in the language classroom. Then, the chapter discusses practical activities for using songs to teach language.

Congratulations to both Bailey and Tucci for this publication and thank you for your contribution to the profession!

Call for Papers- ABS International

The I teach Kids & Teens Conference – empowering teachers to empower students, welcomes proposals for lectures and workshops that address issues related to the teaching of English to young learners and teens.

The aim of this conference is to bring together ELT academics, researchers, materials developers, and teacher trainers to exchange research findings, ideas, and experiences, on teaching, learning, and assessment. This may be your opportunity to share your knowledge and expertise with hundreds of people in the ELT management field.

It is the responsibility of the Selecting Committee to evaluate all proposals and select a high quality variety of lectures that will meet the needs of a diverse audience.

The Selecting Committee will review all abstracts and will select those which…

a. have a direct relationship to the conference and are relevant to the audience.

b. have a clear and precise organization

c. guarantee the Committee that the speaker knows the subject

d. guarantee the Committee that the presenter has extensive experience and success in conducting teacher-training seminars.

e. are complete, edited, and free of typographical mistakes.

f. are not used to promote or sell the products or services of the speaker or others.

The standard length for the presentations will be of 90 minutes. While the assumption is that the presentation will be largely speaker-centered, presenters are none-the-less encouraged to include and involve their audience, presenting in such a way as to stimulate the interest of the audience. For this reason we strongly discourage the reading aloud of written papers.

The I teach Kids & Teens will be held on October 6 & 7, 2012, in Mendoza, Argentina. Please use the registration form at this link

To submit a proposal, please use this submission form. The deadline for abstracts is June 29, 2012.

ABS International
Malaver 2072, (1636) Olivos,
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Phone/Fax: (5411) 4797 5974

Professor John Balcom Spoke at Bernard College

John Balcom (Professor, Chinese T&I) was invited to speak at a conference titled “Pedagogies of Translation: Current methods and Future Prospects,” which was held on May 4–5 at Barnard College in New York. The conference was organized by two professors at Barnard College, Lawrence Venuti and Peter O’Connor . The conference, which was hosted by the Center for Translation Studies at Barnard, brought scholars together from the U.S., Canada, and Europe.  Professors from translator training programs, translation studies programs, creative writing programs, and comparative literature programs discussed various pedagogical issues and compared notes on translation as it is taught in North America.  Professor Balcom participated in a panel discussion on translation in translator training programs.