Full-Time ESL Instructors
Diana F. Pascoe, Ph.D.
Academic Director, English as a Second Language
Ph.D., Saint Louis University
Des Peres Hall 103E
Diana Pascoe has Ph.D. in American Studies and an M.A. in TESOL. Dr. Pascoe started her training as a language and culture teacher in Honduras, where she worked as the Language Arts and Art teacher in a bilingual school. She also did teacher training in TEFL through the National University of Honduras. In the U.S., Dr. Pascoe has worked at various universities in ESL and EAP programs, as well as in the graduate programs for language teachers as a Methods, Translation, English Language History and Applied Linguistics teacher. She supervises the English for Academic Purposes program at Saint Louis University and has been instrumental in changing the program curriculum to one that uses sustained content-based type of instruction. She teaches the Cultural Keyword class in the summers as well as the advanced Grammar and Self-Editing classes. Currently, Dr. Pascoe is focusing on developing short teacher-training programs for EFL teachers from overseas.
Larry Schmidt, Ph.D.
Oral Skills Specialist, English as a Second Language
Ph.D., University of Missouri - Columbia
Des Peres Hall 103F
Larry Schmidt holds a doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia in Theatre History/Critical and Cultural Theory. Dr. Schmidt began working at Webster University in the ESL department as the pronunciation specialist beginning in 1997. Using his expertise in Lessac theatre voice training, he has been developing pronunciation work that focuses on a type of oral grammar that works extremely well in the performance of the English language. Dr. Schmidt has worked in the EAP program at Saint Louis University for the past six years, helping to change the curriculum to stress content-based learning. He currently teaches and coordinates the pronunciation and speaking sections at SLU and is now focusing on rounding out curriculum for Western cultural understanding.
Ann Meechai, Ph.D.
Coordinator, English through Service
Ph.D., University of Kansas - Lawrence
Des Peres Hall 103C
Ann Meechai has a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in Education with an emphasis in Teaching English as a Second Language and a minor in Applied Linguistics. She has more than fifteen years of experience in teaching as a second and foreign language in the U.S. and in Bangkok, Thailand. In addition to ESL language skill classes, Dr. Meechai has taught graduate courses in Intercultural Communication and Second Language Acquisition Methods as part of professional development programs for K-12 teachers from Korea and China. Currently she is expanding the service learning program to include a variety of experiences in community service. The service learning component helps integrate the international student into the core mission of the university, which is to develop leadership skills and global citizenship.
Lisa Fischer, Ph.D.
Coordinator, English Language Center
Ph.D., Saint Louis University
Des Peres Hall 105A
Lisa Fischer has a Ph.D. in English from Saint Louis University. She began teaching college composition at Marquette University in 2003 and working in writing centers in 2007; in 2010 she started her work with international students in SLU's ESL Program. Currently, Dr. Fischer is the coordinator of the English Language Center, SLU's writing center for international students. Since joining the ESL Program, she has used her experience as an English instructor to help articulate the curriculum differences between the English and English for Academic Purposes rhetoric and composition course sequences, and to streamline testing procedures for international students. As an assistant professor, Dr. Fischer also develops and teaches literature courses for international students.
Part-Time ESL Instructors
M.A. in TESL, Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville, 2008
Courses Taught: Writing, Reading, TOEFL Test Preparation, Spanish
M.Ed. in English literature, Salisbury University
B.A. in English, University of Minnesota
Writing Consultant and Specialist, English Language Center
Courses Taught: EAP Composition 150 and 190 for international undergraduates
M.A. in TESOL, Webster University
Writing Consultant for the English Language Center
Courses Taught: All levels of writing for international students
M.A.T. in TESOL, Webster University, 2009
M.A.T. in Educational Technology, Webster University, 2008
Courses Taught: Contemporary issues and professional ethics for the EAP program, reading Interests: Content-based instruction, technology assisted language learning, task-based language learning and instruction
Ph.D. Educational Leadership, Saint Louis University, 2015
M.A. Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), 1998
Courses taught: Writing, grammar, reading, pronunciation
M.Ed. in TESOL. University of Missouri - St. Louis, 2011
Courses Taught: Writing, reading and contemporary issues for advanced EAP
Interests: Content-based instruction, ESL writing, international affairs
Ph.D. in English, Saint Louis University
M.A. in English, Saint Louis University
B.A. in English, University of Missouri - Kansas City
Courses taught: English composition and literature courses for EAP and English departments
M.A. in TESOL, Southern Illinois University, 2009
Certificate in Hispanic Studies, University of Madrid, 1964
Lifetime Teaching certificate K-12, MO, 1976
Courses Taught: Advanced grammar, speaking skills all levels, reading, American studies Interests: Cross cultural communication, all four language skills
M.A. in TESOL School for International Training
Courses Taught: Reading, Writing, Pronunciation and Conversation
Interests: Motivation in the ESL classroom, Intercultural Communications, Reading Strategies
B.A. English, Benedictine College
M.B.A., Saint Louis University
Adult Education and Literacy Certification, MO
Courses Taught: EAP study skills for the bridge program, reading, writing
M.A. in TESOL, Hunter College, 2006
TEFL Certificate, 2000
B.A. in Communications, B.A. in Philosophy, Fordham University, 1998
Courses Taught: Writing for all levels, including the undergraduate composition classes; exploring culture; reading; grammar
Interests: Teaching American culture, cross-cultural communication, academic writing, grammar
Sarah K. Schwab
M.A. in English, Saint Louis University, 2005
Ph.D.(c) in English, Saint Louis University
Courses Taught: English composition and literature classes for the EAP and English departments
M.A. in Education and Innovation, Webster University, 2012
A.A. in TESOL, Royal College of Teaching, England, 2009
B.A. in Writing, Rhetoric and Culture; University of Puget Sound, 2003
Courses Taught: Intermediate and advanced grammar, reading, skills for academic success, composition
Des Peres Hall 103
For more information about the English as a Second Language Program, call 314.977.3201
For more information about an application for the ESL Program, call the International Center at 314.977.2318.