Archive for February, 2008

Faculty: Making Connections

February 22, 2008

Susan BarduhnSusan Barduhn, a past president of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language, calls us to recognize how connected we all are to one another.

I am on the faculty of the MA in Teaching at SIT, but long ago I was a student here, and it changed my life and set me on my life’s path. (more…)

Alumni: A Community of Learners

February 19, 2008

“People learn from each other.”

Minhee Kang, an alumna from 1998, briefly describes how this concept is integral to the student experience. Faculty carefully and consciously design learning experiences — in and out of the classroom — that build a community of people who learn to rely on each other as employment resources, as a professional network, and as dear friends. (more…)

Employer: INTERLINK Language Centers

February 15, 2008

Ahad ShahbazAhad Shahbaz, president of INTERLINK Language Centers, notes why he prefers to hire SIT-trained English teachers. A leader in language education, he was president of Carolina TESOL, is president of the American Consortium of Universities, and has been a multi-year presenter for NAFSA: Association of International Educators on topics related to training, leadership, and management.

INTERLINK believes SIT provides what no other MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages does. (more…)

Employer: Toyo University

February 8, 2008

Robert B. Hausmann, a professor of Linguistics at The University of Montana who directs the Special English Program for Toyo University (Tokyo), reflects on MAT alumni and why they make unusually good teachers.

If I had, after some 20 years of hiring SIT graduates (I ran the Soros Professional English Language Teaching Program for 10 years), to guess what makes your program sing, I would chalk it up to your (more…)

Financial Aid Director’s Note

February 8, 2008

Michael IrelandMichael Ireland has worked for many years at SIT. His approach to work and his manner with people are widely acknowledged among alumni as personable, polite, and unflappable. He is a person of integrity and sensitivity. SIT is proud he expresses his values on this campus.

I work in financial aid at SIT because I am inspired by our graduate students. By the work that they did before coming to SIT, the academic, advocacy, teaching, and research work they do here, and where they take themselves after graduating. It is quite easy to be overwhelmed by the challenges that the world faces and I derive such energy and hope learning about the work that our students do.

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World Learning TESOL Reception

February 4, 2008

You are invited!

World Learning Reception

Friday, April 4, 2008 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Top of the Times
255 West 43rd Street at 8th Avenue, New York, NY
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Directions
From the TESOL Conference at the NY Hilton & Sheraton New York
walk south on 6th or 7th Avenue to 43rd Street, turn right and walk west on 43rd
or
take the 1, 2, 3, 7, N or R train downtown one stop to 42nd Street.

Google Map of Top of The Times – HopStop directions from TESOL Conference

Top of the Times is an event space managed by Common Ground, a non-profit organization that converts older buildings into supportive housing complexes for low-income individuals.

TESOL Conference Sessions

February 4, 2008

We thought we’d share with you the impact alumni, faculty, and staff are having at The 42nd Annual TESOL Convention & Exhibit (TESOL 2008), Worlds of TESOL: Building Communities of Practice, Inquiry, and Creativity, being held this week in New York City. Presenters affiliated with the SIT Graduate Institute and/or SIT’s Master of Arts in Teaching are leading a total of 57 different TESOL conference sessions, including:

  • How can TESOLers contribute toward World Peace?
  • Understanding Refugee Experiences through Multicultural Literature Circles
  • Environmentalism in the ESL Classroom
  • Problematizing Gender and Ethnic Stereotypes in ELT
  • Teach Language, Explore Peace
  • Promoting Change Using Training and Advocacy

You can view the entire list of SIT-affiliated conference sessions in the pdfs below

TESOL Sessions April 4, 2008

TESOL Presentations Friday, April 4, 2008

TESOL Sessions 2008

TESOL Presentations 2008 (pdf)