Associate Professor; Program Head, English Language Studies

Lisa Leopold
McCone Building M102B
(831) 647-3599

Lisa Leopold is an associate professor and program coordinator for the Institute’s English for Academic and Professional Purposes Program. She brings over a decade of experience teaching survival and academic English to adult immigrants, refugees, children, and community college, university, and graduate students on five continents.

Recognizing what a privilege and responsibility teaching is, Professor Leopold strives for excellence by designing challenging courses which utilize authentic, research-based materials, promote learner autonomy, and foster students’ academic and professional growth. She aspires to create learning opportunities which deepen students’ appreciation for the new perspectives and relationships communicating in another language opens, and she never stops learning. 

Professor Leopold has delivered over 50 presentations at international conferences such as Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL), and National Communication Association (NCA). In 2012, one of her innovative teaching ideas was recognized among the “top nine” in the “Great Ideas for Teaching Students” strand at the NCA conference; in 2014, Professor Leopold was invited to speak at the 75th anniversary of the Alianza in Uruguay; and in 2017, she was invited to speak at the CATESOL conference. Professor Leopold’s scholarly work has appeared in the TESL Canada Journal, the CATESOL Journal, and Communication Teacher.

Courses Taught

Courses offered in the past two years.

  • Current term
  • Upcoming term(s)

The aim of this course is to help you become a more seasoned writer, thinker, and communicator in the business world. In this course, you will analyze the rhetorical conventions of business discourse, learn strategies for tailoring your message to your audience, and revise your work in order to produce finely-tuned business documents such as letters, reports, and e-mail correspondence.

Spring 2019 - MIIS

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This course is designed to equip you with the skills and confidence to deliver professional and articulate speeches in English. You will deliver informative, persuasive, panel, training, and commemorative presentations to prepare you for the wide range of speech styles you may encounter in your professions. Consistent practice, analysis of award-winning speeches, and detailed feedback on your performance will provide you with ample opportunity to improve your public speaking skills.

Spring 2019 - MIIS

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Areas of Interest

Professor Leopold is passionate about helping students achieve their academic potential and professional dreams and loves working with the dedicated international students at the Middlebury Institute. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering locally and internationally. In addition to the United States, she has volunteered in Ecuador, Ghana, India, Kenya, Mexico, Nepal, and Russia.

Academic Degrees

  • MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • BA in Spanish and Psychology, St. Olaf College

Professor Leopold has been teaching at the Institute since 2005.

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