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 US. 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.


  • 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

Professor Emerita


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