The Center for English Language and Orientation Programs (CELOP) has been a...
Nora Smith teaches English for Science and Technology at CELOP, preparing future undergraduate and graduate students for careers in science, engineering, and math. In her work as coordinator of CELOP’s foundation year for students in the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Gifted Student Program, she has helped six cohorts of students strengthen their language skills and prepare for success at university.
Nora grew up in Seattle and graduated from the University of Washington, where she majored in French Language and Literature and Botany. Following her passion for teaching and learning languages, she studied applied linguistics and TESL at the University of California at Los Angeles and learned Spanish so she could communicate with the parents of her students in the public school system. She moved to Boston to complete her master’s degree in Education and began a rewarding career in higher education, teaching English for academic and specific purposes.
Teaching at CELOP has offered many opportunities for professional growth and collaboration with colleagues across disciplines at Boston University. Adapting methods and materials to meet the evolving needs of students, Nora has taught writing for graduate students in the BU School of Public Health, English language skills for Global Engineering, English for students entering the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and communication skills for students and executives in Kobe, Japan and Shanghai, China through the International MBA program at the BU Questrom School of Business. In addition to teaching, she loves used book stores, live music, and the forests of the Pacific Northwest.