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 domestically, Elizabeth’s work has focused on adult literacy, refugee resettlement, teaching practice for a variety of contexts, and curriculum development.

She 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 has been teaching at the SIT Graduate Institute since 1989 and teaches courses in methodology, applied linguistics, culture, curriculum development and adult education.

She was one of the founders of the SIT TESOL Certificate Program and worked for several years in U.S. State Department Southeast Asia refugee education programs in Thailand and Indonesia. Elizabeth has taught in Thailand, Indonesia, Mexico, Haiti, Korea, Iraq, Fiji, Tonga, Sudan, Surinam, and the U.S.  Her publications include literacy textbooks (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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