As Dean of the Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation, and Language Education (GSTILE) Laura Burian remarks in her introduction, 2020 was challenging year for the field. ”Beyond the impact of the pandemic on physical and mental health, we have faced social upheaval and a reckoning with inequities in social justice, widening economic disparities among the haves and have-nots, as well as a series of wildfires and other disasters that hit many of us close to home or at home.”
In the 2021 Discourse and Repartée, you will find stories about forging a virtual community to organizing a very successful online symposium; from publishing and presenting on themes of language and racism, disability, and social justice to teaching and publishing about online language teaching; from accepting lofty leadership positions and distinguished awards to serving the most vulnerable populations. “This community is engaging in highly relevant and important work,” Burian writes.
“I am so proud to read of the accomplishments and global engagement of our TESOL/ TFL community members,” Burian shares and adds that she hopes that this newsletter provides a small window into the power of this incredible community.
The MATESOL program at MIIS includes a practicum portion, which combines reflective practice and professional development in preparing students for a career in language education. Mary Njuguna is completing her practicum with two organizations, the International School of Monterey and the English for Academic and Professional Purposes program at the Institute.
The U.S. Department of State recognized the Middlebury Institute of International Studies with the English Language Fellow Top Producing Institution Award on the 50th Anniversary of the program.
A team of Middlebury Institute alumni returned to the Central Plateau of Haiti this past January to conduct teacher training for teachers of English.