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Michael Smith is an Internationalization Liaison and a member of the Academic English faculty. He teaches lower-level Core classes and collaborative elective courses in which INTO Mason students meet and work with traditional Mason students. He has taught in Mason’s Academic English program since 1998.
Smith earned a Master of Education degree from Mason in 1993, a Cambridge CELTA at International House, Madrid, Spain, in 1999, a London Chamber of Commerce Certificate in Teaching English for Business at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England, in 2006, and a graduate certificate in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Mason in 2009. He studied French at Le Centre International d'Études Françaises, Université Nice, Nice, France, and Spanish at Centro de Estudios de Español Pop Wuj, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.
He has taught ESL at Georgetown Preparatory School in Rockville, Maryland, Arlington County Public Schools, Northern Virginia Community College, and Fairfax County Adult Education. He has also taught workplace English for Radio Free Asia, Introductory Psychology at Strayer University, and has been a guest ESL instructor for Voice of America. He is an alumnus of the Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive. In 2013, his play, Passaggio, was produced by the Mason Players, and he gave a TEDx talk, “Practical Dialogue for a Global Society,” for TEDx George Mason University.
He currently serves on the Mason International Collaborative, the Tobacco-Free Mason committee, and the Arts in Context Advisory Committee. He was recently awarded a Mason Curriculum Impact Grant and is working with other Mason units to develop a collaborative course in which INTO Mason students study global health issues with Mason students from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and from the College of Health and Human Services.