James A. Smith, M.A.

Senior Literacy and Education Consultant


  • M.A., Applied Linguistics, Northern Territories University, Australia, 2002
  • B.Sc. (Honours), Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Surrey, UK, 1978

Current positions

  • Certified Senior Literacy and Education Consultant, SIL International, 2012–2016, 2017–
  • IT Advisor and Materials Production Facilitator, MTBMLE (EMBLI) programme, Ministry of Education, Timor Leste, 2014–
  • Multilingual Education and Literacy Consultant, LEAD Asia, 2003–

Other professional experience and service

  • Guest Lecturer, Certificate-level Course in Multilingual Education: Leadership for Education in Non-dominant Languages, Payap University, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2016
  • Presenter, Early Childhood Heritage Language Education Forum, University of Malaysia Sabah, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, 2015
  • Presenter/Trainer, Early Childhood MLE seminar, Myanmar Educational Consortium, (MEC), Yangon, Myanmar, 2015
  • Consultant/Trainer, MLE Playschool and Preschool/Kindergarten Materials production, Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia. 2014
  • Lecturer/Teacher, Literacy and Education, 3 postgraduate Mega-literacy courses, University of North Dakota, U.S.A., 2013, 2017
  • Multilingual Education (MLE) Consultant, Playschool and Kindergarten programs, multiple language groups, Sabah and Sarawak, Malaysia, 2013
  • Evaluator, Jamaican Bi-literacy program, Jamaica, 2012
  • Teaching Assistant, Linguistics for Literacy, M.A. Literacy Development programme, ETP, Horsleys Green, Buckinghamshire, England 2012
  • MLE Consultant/Trainer, Playschool Teacher Training Workshops, Sabah, Malaysia, 2011, 2012
  • Lecturer/Tutor, MLE for Minority Language Contexts, European Training Programme (ETP), Horsleys Green, Buckinghamshire, England, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • MLE Consultant, Mentoring and Consulting Development Workshop, Bangkok, Thailand, 2011
  • Evaluator, Dai 5-year Pilot Project, JingHong, Yunnan Province, China, 2011
  • Lecturer/Tutor, Literacy and Education, M.A. Literacy Development programme, ETP, Horsleys Green, Buckinghamshire, England, 2010, 2011
  • SIL International Literacy and Education Consultant, 2010–2011
  • MLE Consultant/Trainer, Kindergarten Materials Production Workshop for 5 Bidayuh languages, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, 2008
  • MLE Consultant/Trainer, Primer Writing Workshop for 7 language groups, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, 2007
  • Consultant/Organizer/Facilitator, First Malaysian Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (MIPCE), 2007
  • Consultant/Trainer, Readiness Materials in Indigenous Languages Workshop, First MIPCE, 2007
  • Multilingual Education and Literacy Consultant, SIL Malaysia Branch, 1996–2007
  • Applied Linguistics Coordinator, SIL Malaysia Branch, 1996–2007
  • Organizer/Facilitator/Participant, Maori Study Trip for the Indigenous Peoples of Malaysia, 2006
  • Consultant/Trainer, MLE Materials Production Workshop for 5 language groups and 4 sponsoring Non-Governmental Organizations, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2006
  • Consultant/Facilitator, MLE Awareness and Motivation Seminar, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, 2006
  • Trainer, Domain Dictionary Workshop, Kota Belud, Sabah, Malaysia, 2005
  • Coordinator/Organizer, Sabah Lexicography Workshop for 16 language groups, Rampayan Laut, Kota Belud, Sabah, Malaysia, 2005
  • Consultant/Trainer, Beginning Indigenous Writers’ Workshops series, Kota Belud, Sabah, Malaysia, 2004
  • Literacy Instructor, Asia-SIL, Darwin, Australia, 2002
  • Consultant/Presenter, Seminars/Workshops on translation principles, literacy issues, cultural anthropology and language learning, Caribbean Island Nations of Barbados, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, 2001

Professional memberships

  • Society for Caribbean Linguistics, 2011

Language proficiencies

  • English: ILR 5
  • Jamaican Creole: ILR 3+
  • Malay: ILR 3

Research interests

  • Multilingual education materials production in indigenous languages
  • Orthography
  • Sociolinguistics