SIT Graduate Institute’s Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program is featured in Language Magazine this month (page 31). Susan Barduhn, PhD, Professor and Academic Chair, Summer MA in TESOL For Practicing Teachers of English, wrote about the unique experiential learning focus of the program and highlighted its field-based internship opportunities.
SIT’s program is designed around the experiential learning cycle. The MA in TESOL academic year program includes an internship in January/February. A supervisor spends a week with the student during their internship, regardless of the teacher’s location throughout the world.
Susan said, “This year’s group is teaching in Brazil, Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, including at these sites:
Thailand – Two Thai K-12 schools outside of Mae Sot, where 70-80 percent of the students are Burmese
South Africa – A primary school and a high school in the village of Memel, Free State; and at the university in Port Elizabeth.
Morocco – The American Language Center in Kenitra
Costa Rica – Central Espiral Mana, an agricultural village, where English classes are available to all students 13 and older in the community. The country’s 2011 focus is on training public school teachers to bring their English Language skill to a level beyond basic.
New England – U.S. sites are in New England, in public and private schools, prisons, language institutes, community centers, and colleges. The students from the host institutions are immigrants, refugees, international students or visitors.”
(SIT’s Summer MA in TESOL is for practicing teachers. Students complete two summers of coursework in Vermont, and then return to their schools to teach during the academic year and complete the program’s internship component.)