Dr. Ana Lado



Ana Lado

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Academic Credentials

B.S., Georgetown University
M.S., Georgetown University, Title VII Traineeship
Ph.D., Georgetown University, Title VII Fellow

Teaching Areas

  • TESOL, Reading
  • Creativity
  • Multicultural Education

Research Interests

  • Use of Books in Teaching Bilinguals and English Language Learners

After receiving her doctoral degree, Dr. Ana Lado worked on various federal grants in local bilingual schools and programs before joining Marymount in 1992.

She brings expertise in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She publishes articles about “Tellability,” a term she coined referring to picture books used to teach English. Such expertise contributed to her course, “Expressing Creativity in Art and Language with Digital Stories and Picture Books,” for the DISCOVER 101 First-Year Seminar.

Over the years, Dr. Lado has taught a variety of courses and helped to expand the department with increased enrollments and offerings, such as methods of TESOL, foundations in reading, reading remediation and development, and creativity and problem solving. Dr. Lado publishes and presents regularly at local, national, and international professional conferences about pedagogy related to picture books.

She developed a Computer Assisted Language Learning program, “e-English” and materials for a certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, “Lado TEFL.”

Dr. Lado founded and advises MU’s Latino Student Association and Kids-2-College.


Dr. Ana Lado received her Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from Georgetown University.  She is a Professor in the Department of Education at Marymount University  in Arlington, Virginia.  She teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in English language teaching, literacy development, capstone research projects, and creativity.

She is an expert in the use of picture books for teaching English to children and the author of Teaching Beginner ELLs with Picture Books:  Tellablility.  Dr. Lado conducts teacher training workshops within the United States and internationallly.  She is and English Language Specialist with the U.S. State Department.  In that capacity, she developed the English content and training for the internationally awarded and Interactive Radio Instruction project, Broadclass - Listen to Learn.  This Pakistani radio project provides access to education to a significant number of marginalized communities in the remotest and poorest areas of Pakistan.

She develops training, curriculum, and classroom texts for the Teachrs of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) for the Lado International Institute and for the Muslim English Language Institute in Southeast Asia.  She recently developed a unique summer field experience for Marymount University teacher candidates that incorporates science, language arts, and character education, 3E:  Explore, Enrich, Enjoy.