Karla J. Smith, Ph.D.

Senior Literacy and Education Consultant


  • Ph.D., Sociolinguistics and Education, Charles Darwin University, Australia, 2008
  • M.A., Education/Specific Learning Disabilities, University of Florida, 1985

Current positions

  • Certified Senior Literacy and Education Consultant, SIL International, 2012–
  • Multilingual Education Consultant, LEAD Asia, 2003–

Other professional experience and service

  • Lecturer/Teacher, Literacy and Education, 3 postgraduate Mega-literacy courses, University of North Dakota, U.S.A., 2013
  • Multilingual Education (MLE) Consultant and Trainer, Playschool and Kindergarten programs, multiple language groups, Sabah and Sarawak, Malaysia, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Evaluator, Jamaican Bi-literacy program, Jamaica, 2012
  • MLE Consultant and Trainer, Adult Literacy Teacher Training, Sabah, Malaysia, 2012
  • Lecturer/Tutor, Multilingual Education (MLE) for Minority Language Contexts, European Training Programme (ETP), Buckinghamshire, England, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • MLE Consultant, Mentoring and Consulting Development Workshop (MCDW), 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, Buckinghamshire, England, 2010, 2011
  • SIL International Literacy and Education Consultant, 2010–2011
  • MLE Consultant/Trainer/Organizer, Kindergarten Teacher Training Workshop for 5 language groups, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, 2008
  • MLE Consultant/Co-Trainer, Playschool Teacher Training Workshop for 9 language groups, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, 2007
  • Consultant/Trainer, Mother Tongue Based Bilingual Education in Vietnam, Save the Children U.K. in Vietnam and the Ministry of Education and Training, Government of Vietnam, 2007
  • Consultant/Co-Chair, Main Organizing Committee, First Malaysian Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (MIPCE), Sabah, Malaysia, 2007
  • Multilingual Education and Literacy Consultant, SIL Malaysia Branch, 1996–2007
  • Organizer/Facilitator/Participant, Maori Study Trip for the Indigenous Peoples of Malaysia, New Zealand, 2006
  • Consultant, MLE Bridging Workshop, Nasik, India, 2005
  • Trainer, Trainers of Trainers, Non-Formal Education, Bangkok, Thailand, 2005
  • Course Head/Instructor, Literacy, Asia-SIL, Darwin, Australia, 2002
  • Moderator/Presenter on Panel (Bilingual/Mother Tongue Education in Asia – Trends and Experiences), Asia Area Literacy Conference (AALC), Chiang Mai, Thailand, May 15–26, 2000
  • Teacher, Specific Learning Disabilities Education, Grades 9–12, Putnam School District, Florida, 1991–1992
  • Teacher, Adult Education, Graduate Education Diploma, Pinellas School District, Florida, 1987–1989
  • Teacher, Elementary and Middle School, Pinellas School District, Florida, 1984–1987

Professional memberships

  • Society for Caribbean Linguistics, 2011
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honour Society, 1985–

Language proficiencies

  • English: ILR 5
  • Jamaican Creole: ILR 4+
  • Malay: ILR 4

Research interests

  • Multilingual education
  • Training
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Early childhood and primary education
  • Curriculum development