Category Archives: Language Studies

MIIS Directed Study Published in Canadian Journal

MIIS Professor Michel Gueldry, below, and James Knuckles (MAIEP and MBA 2012), right, spent last year working on a Directed Study of French and Sustainability Studies.  They wrote a joint paper entitled “Promoting Products Sustainability through Life Cycle Analysis (LCA)” which was published in the September issue of VertigO, a French language journal focusing on Science and the Environment from the University of Quebec.

Professor Gueldry had this to say about the project:

In this article, we propose a way to analyze the impact of a product’s life cycle on the triple bottom line (social, environmental, and economic) — that corporate sustainability concept so often described as the reconciliation of the Triple P (People, Planet, and Profit) — to move beyond the excesses and contradictions inherent to the current unsustainable system, which can be described as the Triple C (Carboniferous Consumer Capitalism). Our analysis of the inputs and outputs that constitute a product’s life cycle connects the three complementary dimensions identified by  Hendrickson et al., namely “inventory, impact, and improvement.”

EAPP students ‘getting immersive’ with Local Sustainability

Students in Kelley Calvert’s English for Academic & Professional Purposes course, “Focus on Sustainability,” visited Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station on September 18th, 2012. Students toured the marine station, learning about its history as well as Monterey Bay’s transformation from industrial wasteland to marine sanctuary. Following the tour, marine biologist and writer Dr. Stephen Palumbi spoke to the class about his book Death and Life of Monterey Bay: A Story of Revival.EAPP class outside at Hopkins

The class had the privilege of being joined by Chinese and Japanese interpreters from Professor Laura Burian’s translation and interpretation course. The interpreters provided simultaneous interpretation of the tour, Palumbi’s lecture, and the Q & A session following.

Read about their experience here.

Monterey Model: April 30th & May 2nd

Monterey Institute of International Studies

A Graduate School of Middlebury College


The Monterey Model

Spring 2012

  A Collaboration between the Translation and Interpretation Program,

Arabic Studies Program, Chinese Studies Program, and Russian Studies Program.

العربية        中文         Русский

Monday, April 30, 2012, 2:00-3:50

Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 2:00-3:50

Irvine Auditorium

5-Year Success of Mini-Monterey Model

The Monterey Institute offers special Monterey Model courses, which are taught simultaneously in multiple language sections. The Language Studies program offers professionally-relevant language courses for our students pursuing degrees in policy and business. These sections focus on a topic such as Challenges of Globalization, Issues in the European Union, or Green Business, which students in different language courses explore from their own cultural perspective during the semester.  These language courses provide opportunities for our students to enhance their language skills while exploring topics relevant to their degrees. During the semester, all languages meet in plenary sessions (interpreted by students in our Conference Interpretation program) to share their findings.

Professor Jinhuei Enya Dai, Professor Vicki Porras and Professor Jacolyn Harmer initiated the 1st Mini-Monterey Model Event in the Spring semester of 2007, which was entitled “Business Culture Presentation” presented in Spanish and in Chinese, and collaborated with the Translation and Interpretation program. This year marks the successful completion of the 9th Mini-Monterey Model Semester, which was made possible thanks to the efforts of Professors Jinhuei Enya Dai, Vicki Porras, Barry Olsen, Laura Burian, and Jacolyn Harmer.

The 9th Mini-Monterey Model, held on November 30, 2011, was a collaboration between the Translation and Interpretation program, the Chinese Studies program and the Spanish Studies program. This Model provides and enhances learning opportunities for T & I students and Language Studies students from different majors and expertise. You can see the 9th Mini-Monterey flyer to learn more about the specific event details and students involved.

Congratulations on a wonderful event this year and five years of Mini-Monterey Model success!

BUILD Language Classes Begin

In case the BUILD Program representatives somehow missed visiting your new-student orientation, or, perhaps, you’ve been out of the country doing Peace Corps, we’d like to remind you that free weekly language classes are being offered by the BUILD Program.

This semester, 14 different languages, from French to Farsi, are being offered. BUILD has also expanded to offer additional levels of language classes, so if you’ve just returned from 3 years in Japan but never really studied the language, you’re able to choose between the beginner or the intermediate level class.

Curious? Check out the class schedule on the BUILD blog.

Have questions? Interested in getting even more involved with BUILD? Shoot an email to  miisbuild[at] They are friendly people and happy to answer your questions!

Second International Conference on Language Education

This summer, Dr. Kathy Bailey traveled to Istanbul, Turkey, where she attended the second International Conference on Language Education. The conference was put on by Sabanci University, a private research institute that is ranked third in academic achievement in Turkey.

Dr. Bailey gave a workshop on communication strategies during her time there in June. Experts from all over the world were invited to share thoughts on language education and linguistic research. Dr. Bailey is a noted expert in fields such as educational research, assessment, language program administration, and teacher education.

Dr. Bailey also gave a plenary presentation on dialogue journals, part of an ongoing project which is being co-authored by two TESOL alumni: David Chisea and Ryan Damerow. David Chisea is in his second year as an English Language Fellow in China, where he works extensively with teacher training. His recent work includes teacher training for Peace Corps volunteers. Ryan currently works as an administrative assistant for The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (Dr. Kathy Bailey is the current residing president).

TA Program in France. Teach English – Study French


Professor Jacolyn HARMER, GSTILE French Program (right)


Ms. Carolyn COLLINS, Educational Affairs Program Officer

Embassy of France, Washington DC

to discuss the Teaching Assistant Program in France

Do you love the French language, want to make it a significant component of your chosen career path…but know it is not yet as fluent as it should be?

Good news! Young Americans wanting to enhance their French language skills while living and working in France can apply to the Teaching Assistant Program in France coordinated through the French Embassy in Washington, DC. This program places successful applicants as paid English instructors in French elementary and high schools, giving them the opportunity to immerse themselves in French culture and language in action.

After completing the Teaching Assistant Program in France, several graduates have taken the next step and applied for a MA degree in French Translation and Interpretation at the Monterey Institute of International Studies Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation and Language Education.

Interested in learning more about the Teaching Assistant Program in France?

Visit the Embassy of France webpage at:

Already completed the Teaching Assistant Program in France and polished your French language skills?

Visit the Monterey Institute of International Studies Graduate School of Translation and Interpretation website to learn more about the language professions.

Or contact the GSTILE French T&I Language Coordinator, Professor Christiane Abel, directly at

Translation & Interpretation Homepage

Conversation Partners

If you’re looking for a partner to practice a second language with, you should consider applying to be a conversation partner. The Conversation Partner program is run by the Monterey Institute’s Intensive English Program and partners individuals with similar interests and availability. Partners meet informally and on their own terms.

This is a great idea for during the summer, when students have more free time and opportunities to hang out together.

Conversation Partner Application Forms can be filled out conveniently on the Intensive English Program’s website.