Curriculum Vita



Helen Hoyt Schmidt                                                                        Phone:515-294-3235

Intensive English and Orientation Program                   Fax:     515-294-6814

108A Landscape Architecture Bldg.                                E-Mail:  hschmidt @

Iowa State University                                                            

Ames, Ia 50011



M.A.                 Teachers College, Columbia University                         1965

                                    New York, New York


B.A.                 Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida                              1962


Teaching Experience


Intensive English and Orientation Program

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa                                                                           (part-time)     1972 - 1976

(full-time)       1976 - 2005


Des Moines Area Community College                                                   1970 - 1971

Ames, Iowa


Overseas Experience


Lived in Cali, Colombia                                                                              1968 - 1969


Studied French and Spanish at the University of Geneva, Geneva,

Switzerland and University of Santander, Santander, Spain,                         1959 - 1960


Traveled in France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Italy, Spain,

Morocco, Colombia, Venezuela, the British Virgin Islands,

St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize, Tonga, Croatia, and Great Britain                                                                                                                                                             1964 – 2011

Materials Development


Advanced Academic Grammar in progress                                          2005-2011


Advanced Academic English for the IbTOEFL, PBT, IELTs, and University Preparation – a 15 week on-line course developed for the highest level Intensive English Students.  Available on WebCT (blackboard), an online course management system at ISU.                                                           1998-2011






“New Courses Link IEP to Mainstream University Classes,"

with Suzanne van der Valk, TESOL International Convention,

Long Beach, California.                                                                             2003


"New Courses Link IEP to Mainstream University Classes,"

 with Suzanne van der Valk, MidTesol Conference, Ames, Iowa,      2002


“The Internet Minicourse for International Students,”

TESOL International Convention, New York, New York.                      1999


“The Internet Minicourse for International Students,”

TESOL International Convention, Seattle, Washington.                      1998


“Grammargraphs:  A New Approach to Teaching Grammar,”

TESOL International Convention, Chicago, Illinois.                             1996


"Teaching Grammar Inductively:  A new technique,"

TESOL International Convention, Long Beach California                   1995


"Using Student-created Visual imagery to Enhance

Vocabulary Development," presented with Roberta J. Vann,

TESOL International Convention, Long Beach California                   1995


"Building Collaboration in an ESL Writing Class" (paper),

presented with Jennifer Thornburg, InterComm Conference,

Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.                                                          1994


"Word Processing for ESL Writers" (workshop),

 presented with Jennifer Thornburg, Computers in Applied

Linguistics Conference, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.              1994


"Bridging The Gap:  Exercises in Advanced Academic Grammar,"

TESOL International Convention, Baltimore, Md.                                  1994


"Enhancing Student Note Taking Through Graphic

Representation of Text," presented with Roberta Vann,

TESOL International Convention, Baltimore, Md.                                  1994


"Discovering Advanced Academic Grammar,"

 TESOL International Convention,  Atlanta, Georgia.                            1993


"Using Student Notes to Assess Reading Strategies,"

presented with Roberta Vann, TESOL International

Convention, Atlanta, Georgia.                                                                   1993


"Classroom Format and Student Reading Strategies: 

A Case Study,"  presented with Roberta Vann,

TESOL International Convention, Vancouver, Canada.                       1992


"The Process of Developing a CAI Lesson,"

 Midwest TESOL Convention, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.                         1985


"Using Authentic Discourse in the TESL Classroom: 

The Newsweek English and College English Program,"

TESOL International Convention, Houston, Texas.                              1984


"Developing Materials for Academic ESL from Authentic

Discourse," presented with Barbara Matthies and Roberta

 Abraham, TESOL International Convention, Detroit Michigan.          1981




Advanced English Grammar,  Prentice Hall Regents,                                    1995



"Assessing Reading Strategies Through Note-Taking,"

in New Ways in Teaching Reading, Richard R. Day, Ed.,

New Ways in TESOL Series, Teachers of English to

Speakers of Other Languages, Alexandria, Virginia,                           1993


"Using Authentic Discourse in Teaching the Conditional,"

Cross Currents, Vol. viii, No. 1, the Language Institute of Japan,

 Odaware, 250, Japan.                                                                               1981


Demonstrations/Presentations/ Workshops


“Language and Culture:  Overcoming Communication Barriers,” presented with Mary Barratt and Suzanne van der Valk,  Professional & Scientific Professional Development Day, Iowa State University, April 4, 2005





CELT Learning and Teaching grant to bring Barbara Dowling          2004-2005

and Tina Withrow-Robinson from the English Language Institute

at Oregon State University to Iowa State University to conduct a

two-part workshop on creating flexible, cost-effective,

multilevel classes in Intensive English Programs.  Grant written with Suzanne van der Valk .  Workshop and presentation January 27, 28, 2005.


LAS small grant awarded for travel to a conference to present a paper      2003

            Attended the TESOL International Convention,

Long Beach, California.