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Mr. Lawrence Smith

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Mr. Lawrence Smith

Teacher English Language Preparatory Program


  • MA Teaching English as a Foreign Language, University of Reading, 1996-1997
  • RSA Teaching Certificate TEFL, Cheltenham International Language College, 1989
  • BA (Hon.) Politics, University of Hull, 1977-1980


Before joining James Cook University Singapore Campus, Lawrence Smith spent several years teaching in China. He was a Senior Exams Officer and a teacher of EAP Mathematics at XJTLU in Suzhou and spent three years at the Centre for English Language Education at the University of Nottingham, Ningbo. Prior to working in China he worked with post graduate students for numerous years in Europe at the Centre for Economic Research and Graduate Education in Prague and at Central European University in Budapest; before this he was EAP coordinator at the International College of Economics and Finance in Moscow. While in Moscow he was also a Cambridge examiner and teacher trainer for the British Council. Lawrence began his academic career at Bilkent University in Ankara where he was a Testing Coordinator and Senior Teacher

Research Interests

The role of critical thinking and the importance of the literature review in research writing. Lawrence has given several conference presentation on both topics.


Smith, L.S. (2008) Developing the Skill of Critically Responding to Texts. Zeitschrift Schreiben

Smith, L.S.  (2006) Teaching the Literature Review: A Model for a More Coherent Approach. Third Conference of the European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing Proceedings

Bellers, R. and Smith, L.S. (2005) Helping Second Language Students Become Better Academic Writers. Whose Responsibility Is It Anyway? Writing Development in Higher Education 2004 Conference Proceedings

Bellers, R. and Smith, L.S.  (2004) Justifying Research through the Literature Review.

Second Conference of the European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing Proceedings