Mexico is a vibrant and diverse country, famous for its traditions, music, food, and resorts. Its geography and climate are as diverse as its people and languages; besides Spanish, there are 68 linguistic groups and over 350 indigenous languages spoken.
Tijuana is located on the Gold Coast of Baja California, in the north-west of Mexico, at the border with the United States, just across from San Diego. The city is also a port, and is settled near the Guadalupe Valley, the most important wine-producing region in Mexico. Temperatures vary from 50°F to 80°F, with the warm season lasting approximately 3 months and the cool season 4 months. The city is the 5th largest in Mexico, with more than a million and a half inhabitants. The city is a dominant manufacturing center of North America, with facilities of many multinational conglomerate companies. It is the most visited border city in the globe: more than fifty million people cross the border every year, and San Ysidro’s port of entry is the busiest land-border crossing in the world. Tijuana is also a growing cultural center and has been recognized as an important new cultural mecca.
Host Institution: Universidad Tecnologica de Tijuana
The Technological University of Tijuana was created in 1998. The main campus is located in Tijuana and there are two extensions in Ensenada and San Quintin. It is now transitioning to the new Bilingual, International, Sustainable (BIS) educational model launched by the Mexican government in 2012. There are currently about 20 BIS universities where students are expected to improve their English skills steadily so that in about eighteen months’ time they can be taking content area classes fully in English. Most students will graduate with an Associate’s Degree after two years, but the option is open to pursue an undergraduate degree by studying two more years. UTT has a population of 3,700 students and 250 faculty. The BIS model will start with offerings in International Logistics, IT, and Industrial Processes. Students come from public schools and usually lack critical thinking skills as well as academic writing skills and effective study habits. Sadly, most teachers do not address these needs.
- The Fellow will provide professional development for English instructors at the university.
- The Fellow will provide professional development for content-area faculty.
- The Fellow will develop curriculum and review syllabi for the university.
- The Fellow will assist in materials design and development for the English instructor faculty.
The Fellow may be asked to:
- Design and deliver self-created trainings, materials, and/or projects that strengthen English teaching processes and/or the implementation of the BIS modality at the host institution