Patricia A. Dunkel is Professor Emerita of Applied Linguistics at Georgia State University. Her research includes a focus on the utility and techniques of note-taking on second/foreign language (L2) listening comprehension. She has published a number of research articles and instructional books on the topic. She also has done cutting edge work in computer-adaptive testing of L2 listening proficiency. She has given numerous research and teacher-training presentations on the topics in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. Her teaching experience includes positions at The Pennsylvania State University, the University of Arizona, Georgetown University, and Harvard University where she taught numerous graduate, and undergraduate students, as well as pre-university students of English as a second/foreign language.
Frank Pialorsi, Ph.D., directed the first self-supporting intensive English program at the University of Arizona in the summer of 1968. Before that, he was with the Fulbright Foundation in Greece for three years and Japan for another year. He later directed the UA's Center for English as a Second Language from 1978 to 2002. During that period he traveled to many parts of the world designing and implementing English language programs. Most notable were those in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Taiwan. In 1974, he co-authored the first edition of Advanced Listening Comprehension.