MIIS alumna, Joyce Kling (MA TESOL ’88), was awarded one of eight doctoral dissertation grants awarded annually by The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF). Joyce is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Copenhagen writing her dissertation on “Teacher Cognition: English-medium instruction at LIFE [faculty of life sciences].” Her research project examines teaching behavior in English-medium instruction courses described by Danish professors of natural science. The project seeks to reveal underlying teacher cognitions about professional identity related to teaching through a foreign language in the multicultural, multilingual graduate classroom.
On a personal note, Joyce is married to MIIS graduate Daniel Kim Soren (MBA ’92). Kim had come to MIIS from Denmark on a FUHU scholarship to study business, and Joyce was teaching a summer ESL course. They have two daughters, aged 9 and 11.
A wonderful opportunity for students in the MATESOL program has come up: The 2012 Graduate Student Forum is now accepting proposals for their meeting on March 28, 2012. The forum is accepting proposals for presentations in the following three categories:
“An oral summary, with occasional reference to notes or a text, which describes or discusses something that the presenter is doing or has done in relation to theory or practice.”
“Shows, rather than discusses, a technique for teaching or testing.”
3. Poster Session
“Short, informal discussions with other participants while a self-explanatory exhibit is on display.”
For those interested, here is some very important information:
Did you know that the TESOL International Association offers two awards that are specifically for graduate students? You are invited to apply! The recipient gets a stipend and free convention registration.
The Marckwardt Travel Grants assist graduate students traveling to a TESOL convention. The grants include $500 and free convention registration. All TESOL members who are graduate students in TESOL/TFL programs worldwide are eligible to apply.
The Ruth Crymes Fellowship supports recent or current graduate students who are developing projects with direct application to ESOL language classroom instruction. The recipient receives $1,500 and free convention registration for a subsequent year, when the project is presented. All TESOL members who are or have been enrolled within the past year in a TESOL or TEFL graduate program that prepares teachers to teach ESOL are eligible to apply for this fellowship.
For more information about eligibility and other TESOL awards, please go to the TESOL Awards and Grants Web page or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
GSTILE’s annual publication, Discourse & Repartee is now available online in PDF format for your viewing pleasure. This year’s issue marks the 30th Anniversary of the TESOL program and has a special reflection on the past 30 years of the program. Be sure to check it out for additional information about happenings and changes with the TESOL/TFL program, as well as alumni updates and other exciting tidbits!
Barbara Sawhill gave an engaging two-hour interactive talk last Friday to TESOL/TFL students on the importance of renouncing a “multi-paged, intricately detailed, iron-clad syllabus” and replacing it with a student-centered, participatory class outline with collaborated class goals between the students and teacher. Barbara teaches Spanish at Oberlin College and is the Director of the Cooper International Language Center.
photo from: cogdogblog
Barbara renounces the old Factory Model of Education, which in her opinion lacks a context for students’ learning. This “Fordist” classoom is out of touch with the world around it and sees students as empty vessels who simply absorb and memorize, rather than experience and create.
As an educator, Barbara sees her job as “making this experience [in the classroom] as meaningful for you [the student] as possible”. She insists that as educators, we need to listen and model for students what we expect of them. As learners, we don’t need to simply find all of the answers, but learn how to create “really well-rounded, thoughtful questions”.
Four questions that Barbara asks her students at the beginning of each term are:
On November 19th, the Monterey Institute celebrated International Week with its very own International Day! Local high school students were invited to come on over and experience a trip around the world without having to step foot outside of Monterey. The students were exposed to foreign countries and cultures from some of the international students and learned about real opportunities to go abroad from students who had taken part in various programs overseas.
In addition to learning about cultures, the TESOL/TFL students created mini language lessons and taught them to the high school students so that they could get exposure to a new language. Some of the languages taught included Spanish, French, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian.
In addition to teaching the high school students more about languages around the world, the TESOL/TFL students also had a chance to flex their lesson-planning muscles. All of their language lessons were adaptations of lessons originally planned for large groups of elementary school students when they taught at the International School of Monterey earlier in the semester.
As a sign of their appreciation, one of the local high schools sent thank you notes from all of their students. One student wrote, “MIIS – It was extremely fun learning the different languages. Totally fun day! I can’t wait to go next year.” Now that’s teacher motivation! We’re looking forward to next year’s International Day.
In December, the Principles and Practices in Language Education classes came together and showcased some of their knowledge on educational macrostrategies that they had been studying over the semester. The Kumar Trade Fair (named after B. Kumaravadivelu) has become a tradition for the TESOL/TFL students and represents a chance for the students to talk to people outside of the language education department about different teaching approaches.
For the Trade Fair, a small team of students designed and demonstrated a series of tasks that students could do as part of a language lesson. Some of the tasks included tasting salads to learn about different food cultures, thinking about dream jobs, and learning about cultural differences through watching a Saturday Night Live skit.
After the Trade Fair, the students gathered and discussed what they had learned from the Trade Fair, and most students agreed that it was interesting to see how a single macrostrategy could be represented in so many different ways. A member from another department mentioned that she had always considered her own department to be the one that tried to “save the world”, but she was pleased and surprised to see that the language education students were also creating activities which worked toward the same goal.
On November 13, 2010 the Monterey Institute hosted the Northern Regional CATESOL conference with nearly 400 people in attendance. This conference involved a tremendous amount of work and contributions from the student body at MIIS, from arriving in the early morning to prepare breakfast, to translating speeches and presenting, and to even co-chairing the conference.
Several alumni also presented at the conference, including a feature speaker, Maricel Santos. Professor Kathi Bailey took part in a panel presentation with several current students, and Professor John Hedgcock led a workshop on teaching writing.
MIIS TESOL students are invited and encouraged to apply for this year’s CATESOL State Graduate Student Forum taking place at the CATESOL state conference on April 7–11 2011 in Long Beach, CA.
The forum seeks papers which focus on existing or developing ESOL classroom practices or investigate research topics with implications for ESOL teaching and theory. Each student can submit only one proposal for the Forum. Up to three co-authors are allowed per proposal. The proposal submission deadline is Friday, December 4, 2010. The Graduate Forum’s organizing committee will blindly review all proposals. Notification follows byJanuary 8, 2011. Each presentation is 15 minutes with a five-minute Q & A. They will take place on Friday the 8th and Saturday the 9th of the conference and will be identified in the program booklet. Please note, all presenters must register for the conference.
This is a great experience and professional development opportunity for MATESOL students. Submission guidelines can be found on the CATESOL website.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact Christina Lorimer at studentrep [at] catesol [dot] org.
For more information (including selection criteria) about the Graduate Student Forum, please see the CATESOL website.
Location: Long Beach Convention Center & Hyatt Regency
Dates: April 7-10, 2011
Deadline for submissions: December 4, 2010
Please e-mail your proposals to Christina Lorimer at studentrep [at] catesol [dot] org