The China State Council Information Office, Chinese Writers Association, and China International Publishing Group have launched a translation contest for translators in both China and abroad. The organizing committee will provide 30 contemporary Chinese short stories as source texts for translation. The deadline for submitting entries is February 28, 2014, and there will be one first prize of $5,000, two second prizes of $3,000, and several third prizes of $1,000 for each language.
For more information, please visit: http://www.china.org.cn/arts/citc/index.htm
Steinbeck CATESOL Presents:
Saturday, October 5, 2013
8 AM -1 PM
Sam Karas Room,
LTC (library & technology center)
Monterey Peninsula College
Registration 8 AM – 8:30 AM
Dr. Lynn Goldstein, Monterey Institute of International Studies
Feedback to Adult Second Language Writers in Academic Settings
Dr. Ellen Lipp, Linguistics Department, CSU, Fresno
Accessing Academic texts through a new SQ3R_E
Approach and Common Core Standards
Dr. Barbara Birch, Linguistics Department, CSU, Fresno
Implementing the Common Core K-12 Language Standards
with Construction Grammar
The 12th Annual Latino Recognition Ceremony at the Monterey Peninsula College was a great success. Kelly A. Fletes, organizer of the event, especially thanked the Monterey Institute for providing the simultaneous interpretation equipment used at the event. Turnout rate for this year was higher and MPC students were very appreciative of the effort to support the Latino community.
MIIS Alum Tara Bates, M.A. TESOL 2007, started out teaching abroad through the English Language Fellow (ELF) Program in Afghanistan. At about the same time her ELF fellowship finished, Kabul Education University had started working on a project and unexpectedly needed a course designer/mentor for their Afghan instructors. Bates offered to fill in for one semester. KEU seemed to like the work that Bates was doing and she was invited to stay on until the end of the project.
Besides helping with the KEU project, Bates is currently working for Indiana University as a consultant. She is helping develop and pilot courses for a Master’s of Education in TESOL. While she says she is really enjoying the work and having fun, she also likes that the work stretches her. Bates has had the chance to work with many different classes, including Curriculum Design, Assessment, Second Language Acquisition, Educational Research, and Adult Learning. Much of her work for these classes has been heavily influenced by the work of the late MIIS TESOL/TFL Professor Leo van Lier.
In her experiences in Afghanistan, Bates has made many intersting observations about the Afghan system of higher education. Although it is very poor, there is a sort of built-in program of professional development: Professors are expected to write an academic paper (or book) every three years. Bates is trying to leverage this professional development program to help the Afghan students and professors get a good handle on research so that they will have at least some of the necessary skills to pursue education and learning throughout their lives. In their Education Research class, she is trying not just to teach about research methods, but to also model them for the students and Afghan instructors.
Dr. Lourdes Ortega, Linguistics Professor at Georgetown University, will be giving a lecture on “How Useful is Instructed SLA Research for Teachers, and What does Epistemological Diversity have to Do with it?” Professor Ortega will examine ways in which the blooming of cognitive, sociocultural, and sociocognitive theories of additional language learning has invigorated the capacity of SLA researchers to make meaningful contributions to knowledge about language teaching. Come join on Friday, May 17th, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm in McGowan 102.
Our Green Thumb Garden and B.U.I.L.D. are hosting an end of the semester painting party in the garden this Friday, May 3 @ 1:00pm! We need artists and multilinguists. Let’s paint a mural that showcases MIIS love of the environment and international cooperation.
What are some words about nature in Spanish? Portuguese? Chinese? Korean? Japanese? German? French?
The group visited government offices, businesses, and universities, as well as meeting with a group of Taiwanese veterans. They were also able to meet up with MIIS alumni at a dinner in Taipei.
The trip (which was conducted entirely in Mandarin Chinese) was a productive and informative experience for all involved.
The group at the Mandarin State Council, Taipei
MIIS Alumni Dinner, Taipei
Dr. Dmitri Trenin, the foremost expert in Russian foreign policy and US/Russian relations, will be conducting a seminar April 25, at 12:15 pm to 1:30 pm in Irvine Auditorium. He is a senior associate of the Carnegie Endowment, the Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, and the Chair of its Foreign and Security Policy Program. Dr. Trenin has been with the Carnegie Moscow Center since its inception in 1993. From 1993-97, he held posts as a senior research fellow at the NATO Defense College in Rome, a visiting professor at the Free University of Brussels, and a senior research fellow at the Institute of Europe in Moscow. He served in the Soviet and Russian Armed Forces from 1972 to 1993, and has experience working as a liaison officer in the External Relations Branch of the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany and as a staff member of the delegation to the U.S.-Soviet nuclear arms talks in Geneva from 1985 to 1991. He also taught at the Defense University in Moscow. Dr. Trenin authored Getting Russia Right (2007, forthcoming); Russia’s Restless Frontier: The Chechnya Factor in Post-Soviet Russia (2004; with Aleksei V. Malashenko), and The End of Eurasia: Russia on the Border Between Geopolitics and Globalization, (2001). He edited, with Steven Miller, The Russian Military: Power and Policy (2006).
Want to make the transition to a planet-base diet that is better for you, your family, the animals, and the environment, but not sure how to start? Then join Professor Scorse and other MIIS students on April 16th at 4PM for a tour of Whole Foods where a range of veggie samples will await you. There will also be a store tour and plenty of time for Q&A. To begin the move to a healthier diet please email Professor Scorse at email@example.com and sign up for this event! Thanks!