Elizabeth Tannenbaum, MAT

Elizabeth Tannenbaum has been a practitioner in the field of ESOL teaching and teacher training for the past 40 years. As an English language teacher, teacher trainer, and curriculum developer, working both internationally and in the US, Elizabeth’s work has focused on adult literacy, refugee education, teaching practice for a variety of contexts, and techniques for working with large classes with limited resources.

Elizabeth has worked as a consultant with the Peace Corps, the English Language Specialist Program through the U.S. State Department, and the Center for Applied Linguistics. She was on the faculty of the SIT MAT Program for more than 25 years and is now a professor emerita. She was one of the founders of the SIT TESOL Certificate Program. Elizabeth has taught in Thailand, Indonesia, Mexico, Haiti, Korea, Iraq, Fiji, Tonga, Sudan, Ethiopia, Suriname, and the U.S. Her publications include literacy textbooks, including Picture Stories and More Picture Stories; articles on developing and implementing peace-building programs; and techniques for working with large, under-resourced classrooms.

Elizabeth is currently working with a language and cultural orientation program on the SIT campus for recently arrived Afghan refugees settling in the Brattleboro area.

Courses Taught

Teaching Refugees and Displaced Persons 

Select Publications

Blanchard, K., Turpin, L & Tannenbaum, E. (2015) Mentoring graduate students in a community of reflective practice. Reflective practice conference papers. Univ of New Mexico 

Guzman, E, Renaud, S. & Tannenbaum, E. (2013). Making connections: Activities for creating interpersonal tolerance in the language classroom. English teaching forum

Jerald, M., Tannenbaum, E. (2000) Learning languages on your own: Beyond hello. U.S. Peace Corps

Ligon, L., Tannenbaum, E. (1990). Picture stories. Longman-Pearson 

Ligon, L., Rodgers, C. & Tannenbaum, E. (1991). More picture stories: Longman-Pearson 

Renaud, S., Stantial, P. & Tannenbaum, E. (2007). Student-centered teaching in large    classes with limited resources. English Teaching Forum, U.S. Department of State  

Tannenbaum, E. (2010) Multilevel/diverse classrooms in TESOL classroom practice series  

Research Interests

Refugee education 


  • MAT, School for International Training
  • BA, Mount Holyoke College
  • Certificate in Nonformal Education, University of the South Pacific
  • Certificate in Conflict Transformation Across Cultures (CONTACT), SIT Graduate Institute
Elizabeth Tannenbaum, MAT

SIT Graduate Institute

Certificate in TESOL

More from this program >