Alumna Leslie Ziani in India

Leslie Ziani

Leslie Ziani (MAT 36) answers a few questions about her SIT experience and her work after SIT.

I am currently working as a North American language and culture training consultant for Spectrum Consultants in Bangalore India. I work with computer engineers that do technical support on the phone with North American customers. I assess their language and customer service skills and then work with them to improve in various areas. We either work one on one, in small groups, or structured trainings.

I chose to do my MAT at SIT because I found that SIT best fit my own values and ideals as an educator. I wanted to be in a place that values student centered methods of teaching and consistently examines (and consequently requires students to consistently examine) their impact on the world at large as teachers and people.

I gained more than I can express in words from my experience at SIT. I am now a member of a community of people that care deeply about what they do and how they do it. I have that community wherever I am in the world. I was able to fully explore my teaching ideals and methods. I was given the tools to continue to learn and grow as a teacher and student.

I use the knowledge and skills I gained at SIT everyday whether I am in the classroom or not. I never stop thinking about teaching and learning.

Too read more about Leslie and see her beautiful photography visit:

www.squindia.blogspot.com

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2 Responses to “Alumna Leslie Ziani in India”

  1. ALI HUSSAIN ALI Says:

    HELLO,

    IAM IRAQI TEACHER, IAM WORKED IN KERBALA UNIVERSITY,IN IRAQ BUT NOW IAM STUDING M.A ENGLISH IN PUNE UNIVERSITY IN BOMBAI.MY DREAM IS STUDING IN U.S BECAUSE OF THE HIGH STANDARD OF EDUCATION BUTI AM AFRAID ALSO FROM HIGH EXPENSES TOO.WHAT YOU ADVICE ME

    THANKING YOU
    ALI HUSSAIN ALI

  2. matadmissions Says:

    Hello, Ali Hussain Ali.

    I understand your comment about the cost of a US education. Comparatively expensive worldwide, US educations are abley supplemented with help from a variety of sources. Fortunately, there are foundations, government programs, and other resources available to students from around the world who are qualified to study in the US.

    Often, SIT students reduce their expenses using multiple sources of funds. These include:

    1. Competitively awarded fellowships and grants, such as those through the Fulbright Foundation, Rotary International Foundation, Ford Foundation, American Association of University Women, etc.

    2. Employers, and non-governmental organizations that support employers, have education or professional development programs for which employees may apply.

    3. Specialized programs that promote “friendship” between countries may have funds available for educational exchange. The Japan – Bangladesh International Friendship Association — a fictional example for purposes of illustration! — could have funds set aside for their citizens’ study in each other’s countries.

    4. Many US universities and graduate schools, including SIT, designate some funds for supporting students who do not have access to funds such as those above. In some cases, these funds are offered in exchange for work on campus. In most cases, however, such funds are competitively awarded based on the merit of the individual student and not the student’s country of origin or financial need. Each institution has its own policies.

    The more important questions, of course, are not about money, but educational suitability.

    –Is the US education you seek going to provide the learning you would like?

    –In what ways does the US institution value your previous academic and professional experience?

    –Do you and the US institution share common values and theories of teaching and learning?

    For more information about some options for SIT students, please visit the SIT Financial Aid web pages. More:

    http://www.sit.edu/graduate/finaid/international_add_sources.html

    If you have other questions, I’m happy to hear from you. You may send email to me using admissions “at” sit “dot” edu.

    Sincerely,

    Marshall Brewer
    Admissions Counselor for Language Teacher Education
    School for International Training

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