Archive for December, 2008

Reminder: We’ll Be Back January 5

December 30, 2008

Marshall Brewer, Admissions CounselorWe’ll be back the first Monday in 2009.  Until January 5, I invite you to look around the blog.  You can look at posts by category, by date, by popularity (Top Posts), use the search box or just browse.  Please comment if you see something you especially like or dislike, something you really agree or disagree with, something you’d never thought about before or think about all the time.  Is there a kind of post you’d like to see that isn’t there or a kind you’d like to see more of?

I’d be happy to hear from you!

Here’s hoping your 2008 was eventful and rewarding and that your 2009 is fruitful and enriching.


Graduate Students Take a Break

December 23, 2008

Beginning Monday, December 22, SIT graduate students take a break from coursework.  They’ll return home, visit each others’ homes, explore unfamiliar parts of the world, and otherwise rest from their labors.

Beginning in January, MAT students split into two groups. (more…)

Student Rogerio daSilva: Teaching in Brazil

December 19, 2008

Rogerio daSilva talks with admissions counselor Marshall Brewer in this series of 8 videos about his experience, his teaching, and his learning.  As is his practice now as an SIT student, he reflects…

… about his teaching experience, his classes, and his students.

“I try to give my students hope.” (#1)


Group Work

December 16, 2008

Stephanie Wilton Kumagai

Stephanie Wilton Kumagai

Working in small groups in and out of class is an integral part of the SIT experience.  Since MAT focuses on real-world experiences, the type of collaboration and effective communication  that is required of teachers in the workplace is highly valued here.   In this post, I describe my experience with group work in  MAT. (more…)

Student Roberto Echeverria: Learning, Gratitude, Joy

December 12, 2008

Roberto Echeverria, MAT 40

Roberto Echeverria, MAT 40

As happens by design, students in MAT learn deeply about themselves and the world, as well as the teaching of English.  An outcome of this kind of learning is that profound relationships are formed.  Significant and satisfying learning is conducted among fellow students who become fast friends.  This means professional colleagues around the world can encourage and support (and hire!) each other for many years after leaving campus.

In this unsolicited letter, Roberto Echeverria, a Fulbright scholar from Panama who holds the SIT TESOL Certificate, demonstrates sentiments often felt by MATs.  Soon to depart for his internship teaching adult refugees in Boston, he connects his feelings for other students with his professional development.  A Christian, he studies the teaching of English with people of many faith traditions from around the world which, he notes, enriches his experience.  Roberto and his classmates reconvene at SIT in March. (more…)

Teaching in Korea

December 9, 2008

dscn1216Many MAT students enter the program with experience teaching English abroad. In particular, recently many students have taught in South Korea or are exploring the idea of teaching there after graduation from the MAT program. The following is an interview with three current MAT students about their experience teaching in Korea prior to the program. (more…)

Teacher Development in Kōbe

December 5, 2008

Facilitating Cultural Inquiry

Facilitating Cultural Inquiry, June 2008

A teaching competency:  teachers want to learn.  Here’s an example.

Staff of the Graduate School of English Language Education and Research of Kōbe City University of Foreign Studies came from Japan to SIT’s 2008 Teacher Training Institute in Vermont.  Several took the course called “Facilitating Cultural Inquiry” and report their experience on the research institute’s website. (more…)

Northern New England TESOL

December 2, 2008


November 15 the annual fall Northern New England TESOL conference was held at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, New Hampshire.

This year the theme was “Cultural Lenses – Current Issues for TESOLs.” In addition to the keynote speech given by MAT faculty member Pat Moran, many of the workshops and presentations this year examined issues surrounding teaching across cultures and teaching culture. (more…)