Dr. Robert Lado (1915-1995)
Dr. Lado is the author of over 60 books and many articles on topics ranging from linguistics to language testing and cross-cultural understanding.
Born in Tampa, Florida to Spanish immigrants, Dr. Lado left the United States for Spain before learning to speak English. At age 21, he returned to the United States and learned English as an adult. His struggle to learn English as an adult helped him develop an understanding and sensitivity to the challenges confronting immigrants and others learning English as a Second Language.
This experience would inspire Dr. Lado's life-long interest in the practical aspects of foreign language teaching. He received his Master's Degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his doctorate from the University of Michigan, where, in the same year, he became the Director of the English Language Institute.
In 1960, he founded the Georgetown University School of Languages and Linguistics, where he served as Dean until 1973.
In 1977, Dr. Lado retired from Georgetown University to open his own language school, LADO International College, which has grown to three centers in the United States.