Archive for June, 2009

Returning to a Place We Know

June 25, 2009

daylilyIn addition to the new students who began their first summer courses on Monday, Tuesday was the initial day for the 16 students returning to SIT for their second summer.  Returning to a place we know can show us how we are different.

Asked by Program Chair Susan Barduhn to reflect on the past year developing their teaching practices, students were quite insightful in their comments.  Posted in writing below, the original quiet sense of deep listening and demonstrable respect in the classroom is absent.  However, these statements are just as true today in print as they were yesterday when spoken.  They show how thoughtful, serious, and careful teachers can be as they consider how to improve their effectiveness.

Wouldn’t you love to be a student in one of these teachers’ classes? (more…)

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The New Class, Summer 2009

June 22, 2009

Today, fifteen students begin SIT’s MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.   In addition to English, they speak 15 other languages, including these

  • 18%  Arabic, French
  • 15%  Spanish
  • 9%  Russian
  • 6%  Korean, Portuguese
  • 3%  Czech, German, Kiswahili, Loma, Malagasy, Mandarin Chinese, Quechua, Ukrainian

They include citizens of Jordan, Kenya, Sudan, and the United States.

They bring with them other advanced degrees:

  • 4 master’s degrees in other subjects and a PhD.

The median age is 37 (half older, half younger).

And — maybe for the first time ever! — an SIT graduate degree has a majority of men: 60%.

This new class joins the returning class who conclude their coursework with a second summer.

Repaying Student Loans

June 18, 2009

Michael IrelandThis post is from Michael Ireland, Director of SIT Financial Aid.

Good News for Student Loan Borrowers

It is never too early to start thinking about repaying student loans.  Some good news on the repayment front is that there are two new options that will help many students repay their loans:

The first is the Income Based Repayment (IBR) plan (available July 1, 2009).  Under IBR, your required monthly payment is capped at an amount that is intended to be affordable based on your income and family size.  Please use the following chart as a guide.  (more…)

Larsen-Freeman: The Art of Unlearning

June 4, 2009
2009 Graduates of SIT.  Reformer photo by Kimberly Hatch.

2009 Graduates of SIT. Reformer photo by Kimberly Hatch.

Saturday, May 30, marked graduation ceremonies for SIT Graduate Institute.  Besides the recognition of the 265 graduates, a feature of the day was rousing remarks by Diane Larsen-Freeman, long-time faculty member and beloved friend of SIT.  In her speech, Larsen-Freeman described the relationships that language and language learning have with all of the other of SIT’s degrees and its mission.  (more…)