Archive for September, 2008

Brattleboro Reformer Profiles New Students

September 29, 2008

The Saturday, September 27, issue of the Brattleboro Reformer profiled 3 of SIT’s new graduate students.  In an article entitled “Fresh Faces at SIT,” Fulbright scholar Moodiela Mathobela of South Africa, a student in the MA in Teaching, is featured. (more…)


Developing Intercultural Competence

September 26, 2008

This post summarizes and discusses an article by Alvino Fantini in the July 2008 issue of The Language Teacher (Vol. 32, No. 7), a monthly publication of the Japan Association for Language Teaching.

Alvino Fantini, professor emeritus at SIT Graduate Institute, is a featured speaker at the upcoming 2008 JALT International Conference this fall in Tokyo.  His article entitled “Developing intercultural competence: Reexamining the goal and role of language education,” suggests that traditional language education is not structured to foster intercultural communicative competence (ICC) in language learners. (more…)

The Power of Romance, the Romance of Power

September 23, 2008

This post summarizes an article by Ryuko Kubota in the September 2008 issue of Essential Teacher (Volume 5, Issue 3), TESOL’s quarterly magazine.

The magazine features a thoughtful and provocative article on the teaching and learning of English for purposes of dating, “A Critical Glance at Romance, Gender, and Language Teaching,” by MAT alumna Ryuko Kubota (1987).  In it, she discusses the intricacies and issues involved in searching for cross-cultural, cross-linguistic dating partners and calls teachers to pay attention in new ways.