MIIS Prof. Sabino Morera met with his former professor and friend, Luis Guillermo Solís, who is now the President of Costa Rica.
The newly elected President of Costa Rica was in San Jose, California, June 9th to speak about how his country has evolved into a high technology leader in Latin America. The title of his talk was “A Competitive Hub for High-Tech Manufacturing and Services in Latin America.” He touched upon the priorities that his administration will undertake to continue to provide and enable the right business climate in Costa Rica while fostering foreign direct investment.
Professor Barry Olsen and Professor Laura Burian demonstrate the power of human cognition as they explain the subtle but important differences between professional translators and interpreters with assistance from Miguel Garcia (French), Weihao Zhang (Chinese) and Beatriz Rodriguez (Spanish). Click here to watch the video clip.
A delegation of 2nd year Chinese T&I students, led by Prof. Wallace Chen, have individually placed at the 2nd Televic Simultaneous Interpreting Competition in Newcastle. Suwen Feng and Yanbo Wang received 1st and 3rd places respectively. Jennifer Zhang also made it into the final round and received 5th place.
“Together, the three highly talented contestants made MIIS and Chinese T&I shine once again after our first victory last year at the same event,” says Prof. Chen.
MIIS Alum Adnan Al-Hammody, MA TESOL 2013, has recently been published. The paper is called When a Facebook Group Makes a Difference: Facebook for Language Learning, and was written during his time as a student at MIIS for Applied Linguistics Research and as part of his portfolio. The paper investigates what Iraqi students gain from interacting in English in a Facebook group in an EFL context.
Adnan’s paper was published by the e-journal English Language Teaching World Online (ELTWO), and can be found at this link: http://blog.nus.edu.sg/eltwo/2014/04/22/when-a-facebook-group-makes-a-difference-facebook-for-language-learning/.
Congratulations to Adnan!
In conjunction with Earth Week, the Sustainability Council has set up an EcoDome on campus. Prof. Peter Shaw decided to seize the opportunity to hold a joint class with his Practicum students and ESL students in the Dome.
MIIS Professor Michel Gueldry has had, and continues to have, a very busy semester. As a French language studies professor at MIIS, Gueldry specializes in international relations and sustainability studies. Just this year, Gueldry has completed and submitted three articles for publication: a new research paper entitled “Energy and Climate Change: The Emergence of an Overarching Security Nexus,” an essay entitled “Personal Transformation and Worldly Engagement: When Mindfulness Meets the Market,” and a paper entitled “Ecological Economics: An Alternative Grand Narrative for Capitalism and a Blueprint for a Sustainable Economy.”
Besides submitting three papers for publication, Gueldry will participate in Peter Fordos‘ student weekend workshop, “Intercultural Competence for Sustainability,” on March 29. His contribution to this workshop is a segment called “How to Communicate Climate Change for Diverse Audiences: Engaging Stakeholders across Professional Cultures.” On April 8, Gueldry will also co-teach a workshop for students with CACS Advisor Edy Rhodes. The workshop is called “Emotional Intelligence: The Tip of the Iceberg.”
Gueldry’s busy schedule will continue into the summer. He will teach three panels at the University of Leipzig, Germany, in July 2014: one on energy policy, one on narratives of capitalism, and one on personal transformation and professional growth.
Congratulations to Professor Gueldry on all of his accomplishments!
Professor Anna Vassilieva was interviewed on Al Jazeera America for her thoughts on the current situation in Ukraine. Click here to watch the news clip.
Prof. Laura Burian of the Chinese T&I Program spent her spring break interpreting for the First Lady Michelle Obama on a visit to China. Click here to read more.
The textbook that MIIS TESOL Professor Jean Turner has been working on since her sabbatical in 2008-9, “Using Statistics in Small-Scale Language Education Research: Focus on Non-Parametric Data,” is now available from Routledge publishing. The book addresses an important concern for people doing small-scale research—how to use the statistical formulas that are appropriate for analyzing data that are skewed and from relatively small numbers of participants, as is the case with much of the statistical research done in language classrooms. She has continued to explore her interest in accent modification and co-taught a class on accent modification for interpreters-in-training with MIIS TESOL graduate, Audrey Gutierrez. The report on the needs assessment they conducted to inform the design of their course was just published in issue 14 of the Special Interest Group publication for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Any MIIS faculty, students or staff wishing to purchase this book can receive 20% off if they order from the Routledge website and enter the code IRK69.
Congratulations to Jean Turner!
During a recent trip to Paris, Professor Abel gathered together with a few of her former, current, and future students for crêpes and cider. Professor Abel says, “It is very gratifying to see how well our alumni are doing, and they set a great example for our current students.” She loves to encourage networking among the MIIS T&I French community; it’s the added value of having such a close-knit program.
From left to right: Josie Patton (MATI 2013), Jessica Pearce (MATI 2015), Holden Ferry (MATI 2013), Prof. Christiane Abel, Vi (candidate, TI French), Jessica Le Briquer (MATI 2015), and Zac Heyman (MATI 2015) in Paris, France, January 2014.