Dr. Frances A. Boydhas been at Columbia University teaching language and mentoring teachers for over 30 years. She has developed and taught courses in all levels of academic English, English for Business Purposes, English for International Teaching Fellows, and graduate courses in TESOL Curriculum and Pedagogy. A specialist in content-based curriculum that integrates language skills and critical thinking, she is co-editor ofNorthStar, a 10-volume academic English Language series; author ofMaking Business Decisions, a case-based business English book; co-author ofStories from Lake Wobegon, a listening/speaking book prepared in cooperation with Garrison Keillor; and, co-author ofL’italiano con l’opera, an Italian-language text based on opera.
Her current research interests include vocabulary acquisition and English Language program accreditation processes. Boyd has served in the University Senate, coordinated the ALP Intensive Language Program, and served as the ALP Curriculum Director. She is currently active on the editorial board of MexTESOL Journal. Her professional work has been recognized with the NYU Malkemes Prize for Professional Writing as well as the New York City Citation for Excellence from the Mayor’s Council on Adult Education. Her book with Garrison Keillor was cited on Page One of the Wall Street Journal for “bringing laughter” to language learning.
She holds a B.A. from Oberlin College, an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin, and an Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University.