Public Engagement

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    T. Leo Schmitt has lived in seven countries and visited dozens more. He has extensive experience in intercultural communication and speaks multiple languages. He has used this knowledge to enhance his work with international students both as an administrator and faculty member in a wide variety of environments over twenty-five years.

    He has an MA and MPhil in linguistics from the CUNY Graduate Center and is now completing his doctorate. He currently teaches at The New School, Lehman College, and the Borough of Manhattan Community College.

    His research interests include second language acquisition, sociolinguistics, corpus linguistics, intercultural communication, language and power, and the interaction between these and other linguistic phenomena. 

    Degrees Held:

    MA and MPhil in Lingustics

    ABD in Linguistics

    Professional Affiliations:

    TESOL International, Former chair of Higher Education Interest Section; Former chair of Intensive English Programs Interest Section, 


    Recent Publications:

    Schmitt, L. (2014). Complexity Theory through the Lens of a Wiki Writing Assignment. Perspectives, 22(2), 13-20.

    Schmitt, L. (2014). Student Attitudes to Wikis in an Online Class. In M. Dodigovic (Ed.), Attitudes to Technology in ESL/EFL Pedagogy. 128-143. Dubai: TESOL Arabia Publications. 

    Schmitt, L. (2011). Emerging Technologies: “ICALL and WERTi”. Perspectives, 18 (1), 27-31.

    Schmitt, L. (2010). Review of The LEAST You Should Know about English by P. Wilson & T. Ferster Glazier. TESOL Higher Education Interest Section Newsletter, 3 (1).

    Schmitt, L. (2010). Working Together: Bringing Muslim Students into the ESL Classroom. TESOL Connections, March 2010 (reprinted from TESOL Intercultural Communication Newsletter).

    Schmitt, L. (2009). Review of World Around by M. Cleary. Perspectives, 16(1), 29-32. 

    Schmitt, L. (2009). Working Together: Bringing Muslim Students into the ESL Classroom. TESOL Intercultural Communication Newsletter, 7(3).

    Schmitt, L. (2008). Using Wikis to Support the Academic Writing Process. In P. Davidson, J. Shewell, and W.J. Moore (Eds.), Educational Technology in the Arabian Gulf: Theory, Research and Pedagogy. 325-334. Dubai:TESOL Arabia Publications.

    Schmitt, L. (2008). Ten Benefits of Using Wikis in Perspectives, 15(2). 

    Schmitt, L. (2007). Review of Role Plays for Today by J. Anderson. Perspectives, 14(2).

    2010-2014: Contracted columnist of “Grammatically Speaking” for TESOL Connections

    Performances And Appearances:

    Presented at TESOL International Conference 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

    Presented at American Association of Applied Linguistics, TESOL Arabia, TESOL Spain, NELTA, CTELT, NYSTESOL, International Coaching Federation, Penn TESOL East, Language Center ELT Conference Oman, ELTS Conference, 

    Research Interests:

    Sociolinguistics, Second Language Development, Bilingualism, Complex Dynamic Systems Theory, Onomastics, Lexical-syntactic interface, Formative Assessment, Technology and the Classroom, Technology and Language, Linguistic Imperialism, Language and Identity, Autism and Language, Intercultural Communication