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Via Lingua at the 2016 TESOL Annual Conference & Expo in Baltimore, Maryland, 5-8 April

Via Lingua International is proud to announce that its proposal titled, "Fostering Global Understanding and Social Responsibility Beyond Borders, Between Cultures", has been accepted and included in the TESOL 2016 International Convention and English Language Expo, held on 5-8 April 2016 in Baltimore.Thomas Shandorf will be co-presenting with Advisory Board Member Sharyn Moore.

Via Lingua congratulates Elizabeth Fitzgerald on her new award. Elizabeth was our first Head Trainer at Bellarmine University and her work with our TEFL Program has contributed to her distinguished honor!


Associate clinical professor Lizzie Fitzgerald was named a Transcultural Nurse Scholar at The Ohio State University, and will be inducted in November at the Transcultural Nursing Society Annual Conference. Fitzgerald was honored for her work helping refugees and ethnic minorities in the United States, as well as her mentorship of and assistance to foreign healthcare practitioners.

The 2016 Via Lingua "Robert Shandorf Teaching Excellence Scholarship" Essay Contest

You are invited to enter to win tuition for our 4-week TEFL Program in selected locations throughout the world. In order to be eligible for this Essay Contest Award you must submit an essay following the guidelines included below, along with your full name, country of origin and an email address where we can contact you if you are the winner.

Please note that you must submit an application to any of the following centers, with your €275 application deposit, to be eligible.

Participants are eligible to win the following scholarship award.

4 week tuition* at any one of the following Via Lingua TEFL Centers:
Florence, Sardinia, Budapest, St. Petersburg, Istanbul, Crete, Arequipa.

*(Please note that housing is not included)

Contestants must submit an essay on the topic
"How creative English language teaching breaks down cultural stereotypes."

All submitted essays must meet the following requirements to be considered:

  • Essays must be between 300 - 500 words in length.
  • Essays must be in English.
  • Essays must be written by the contestant and not a friend or family member.
  • Essays must be submitted as an electronic file in a Word document or other standard word processing format.

Essays will be judged using the following criteria:

  • Providing a strong response to essay topic.
  • Creativity and originality.
  • Correct use of English grammar and vocabulary.
  • Organization, structure and consistency of tone.

Essay submission deadline is December 31, 2015.
Winning essays will be selected from all valid entries by January 30, 2016.

Essays must be submitted via email to Contest winners will be notified via email.

Robert F. Shandorf was a highly skilled, dedicated teacher of English who introduced thousands of students to language and literature over a lifetime in education. His passion for literary works allowed his students to discover abilities and therefore confidence in themselves to read, understand and personalize authors' works. His high standards and principles were models to students, peers, friends and family. His greatest gift was time for his students, and he especially appreciated how Thoreau phrased it.

"Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in"

Graduate credits available for MATESOL Program at Alliant International!

Via Lingua International is proud to announce a new educational partnership with Alliant International University in San Diego; which allows all Via Lingua graduates to earn credits toward the MATESOL degree offered there, and includes flexible attendance options on campus. Its long history of dedicated service to education and, specifically, TESOL, makes this institution an excellent environment for further study for those continuing on in the field.

Via Lingua at the 2015 NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo New Horizons in International Education in Boston, Massachusetts, 24-29 May

Thomas Shandorf, Managing Director of the Via Lingua International TEFL Group will be co-presenting the following session with Sharyn Moore, Via Lingua Advisory Board Member:
Fostering Global Understanding and Social Responsibility
This poster is designed to encourage our community to help create responsible global citizenry by illustrating events and activities adapted from governmental and advocacy resources.
Category: Connections Between Peace and Justice, Social Responsibility, and International Education.
Time: Thursday, May 28, 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM

Via Lingua at the 2015 TESOL International Convention and English Language Expo in Toronto, Canada (25-28 March, 2015)

Thomas Shandorf, Managing Director of the Via Lingua International TEFL Group will be co-presenting a session entitled "Emily Dickinson: Words, Culture and the Global Classroom" with Sharyn Moore, Via Lingua Advisory Board Member.

Via Lingua congratulates the winners of the 2015 "Ernestine Moore" Scholarship Contest!

We are proud to include excerpts from some of the winning entries in this year's Scholarship Contest. We were delighted to receive so many submissions and congratulate the winners!

"I can imagine the exhilaration my students will feel on that day when they reach out to others in English... it makes me earnestly desire to become the best teacher I can be..."

"Becoming an English teacher would also allow me to acquire skills that are transferable in various aspects of life... teaching is a mandatory skill that can be used in any career path or desired occupation..."

"My personal experiences have caused me to see the power that language has to build relationships, foster understanding, and explore another culture... I am ready to use my my language and teaching skills to enable learners to have these same experiences..."

Via Lingua announces two new programs in the US for 2015!

Via Lingua has partnered with a global leader in international education to offer the TEFL Certificate Program in the US starting in 2015. Exciting details to follow!

Via Lingua Florence Accreditation

Via Lingua is pleased to announce that the Via Lingua Florence TEFL Certificate Program, offered at the American Language Center of Florence, has been granted accreditation by the Region of Tuscany in Italy. The American Language Center participates in and contributes to the TRIO Project, the web learning system of the Tuscan Region.

Via Lingua at the upcoming TESOL Convention in Portland!

Via Lingua Managing Director, Thomas Shandorf, will be presenting at the upcoming TESOL Convention and Exhibit entitled "ELT for the Next Generation" to be held in Portland, Oregon, USA, March 26-29, 2014.

The title of the presentation is "Global Issues and World Organizations" and he will be joined by Prof. Sharyn Moore, a member of the Via Lingua International Advisory Board.

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