English Language Institute

Dorolyn Smith

  • Associate Director

Education & Training

  • M.A. Linguistics with a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, University of Pittsburgh
  • B.A. Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh

ESL and Teaching Interests

  • Grammar and cross-cultural communication

Presentations and Publications

  • 2006 Active Listening, Second edition, Levels 1, 2 and 3. (co-authored with Steven Brown). A listening comprehension textbook series with CD, for beginning- to intermediate-level students of ESL.
  • 1996 Active Listening: Expanding Skills for Understanding (co-authored with Marc Helgesen and Steve Brown) . A listening comprehension textbook with audiotape for intermediate students of ESL.
  • 1995 Videotape: "Cross-cultural Communication" (co-authored with Steve Brown and Cora Kaylani). Developed through a grant from University Center for Instructional Resources (currently known as CIDDE, Center for Instructional Development and Distance Education); video examines cultural differences in interaction styles for use in teacher-training and ESL classes. 
  • 1988-1989 Words for Students of English (co-author). University of Pittsburgh Press (now published by University of Michigan Press). Vocabulary series for ESL students.

Professional Memberships

  • Three Rivers TESOL

Overseas Experience

  • Latin America (Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Chile), Japan, Germany, England


  • Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Japanese

Personal Interests

  • English and Scottish country dancing; biking, hiking and cross-country skiing