Employer: Toyo University

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 selection process: you admit great people, often with real life experiences, to your program. The one-year training (especially with class time sacrificed to your internship requirement) is considerably less than in other TESOL MA programs, but your admission standards are so high that you turn out young professionals who can (and do) teach themselves after they start teaching others. Quality in; quality out. We need more English language instructors like Andy, Elizabeth, and Adam–energetic, open-minded, charming, self-directed, and well-trained. Congratulations!

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