Misty So-Sum Wai-Cook

Senior Lecturer


Contact Information

Telephone: 6516 3876
Email: elcmsw@nus.edu.sg
Office: CELC #02-26 (10 Architecture Drive, Singapore 117511)
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Academic Qualifications

  • PhD, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • Part-time PhD, Department of English, Chinese University of Hong Kong.
  • MPhil, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • BA (1st Class Hons) in Linguistics, The Australian National University
  • BA and BSc, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. 
    Minors: Mathematics and Chemistry. Majors: Linguistics and Psychology.

Awards & Recognition

  • Teaching Excellence Honour Roll NUS (five years): 2018/19 - 2022/23.
  • Annual Teaching Excellence Award, NUS: 2016/17.
  • Centre for English Language Communication, NUS: Commendation for Teaching Excellence (EAP Category), 2016/17.
  • Annual Teaching Excellence Award, NUS: 2015/16.
  • Centre for English Language Communication, NUS: Commendation for Teaching Excellence (EAP Category), 2015/16.
  • TESOL Research and Travel Award, 2014 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo.
  • Annual Teaching Excellence Award, NUS: 2013/14.
  • Centre for English Language Communication, NUS: Commendation for Teaching Excellence (EAP Category), 2013/14.

Conference Grants

  • Educational Conference Grant, Centre for Development of Teaching and Learning, AY 2014/2015.
  • Educational Conference Grant, Centre for Development of Teaching and Learning, AY 2013/2014.

Editorial Board

  • Language and Language Teaching Journals
  • Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education
  • Asia Pacific Journal of Education (Reviewer)

Educational Awards & Distinctions

  • VUW PhD Scholarship and VUW Doctoral/Assistantship
  • VUW Travel Grants ($NZ6000)

Relevant Educational Research Grants

  • ONGOING: CDTL Teaching Enhancement Grant Research, August 2018 (for 2-3 years, (PI): Embedded written communication skills in Engineering - implementation and evaluation of impact on students' writing performance Principal Investigator (PI) /Department: Dr Misty So-Sum Wai Cook /Centre for English Language Communications.
  • 'OK English Expressions': A study on the effectiveness of mobile assisted language learning (MALL) (Co-PI). Learning Innovation Fund-Technology (LIFT).
  • CDTL Teaching Enhancement Grant Research, December 2014-January 2017: An evaluation study on the impact of students' use of e-portfolios on their learning attitude and academic writing—a case study, 2014-16. Status: Data collection and analysis completed. Manuscripts in Preparation.
  • CDTL Teaching Enhancement Grant Research, December 2014-January 2017: Validating the E-portfolio: Student Reflections on Learning and Social Growth Gleaned from Peer and Tutor Feedback. Status: Data collection and analysis completed. Manuscripts in Preparation.
  • CDTL Teaching Enhancement Grant Research, December 2014-January 2015: An evaluation study on the impact of using of a screencasting software on iPad to provide verbal feedback to students learning to structure academic essay: A case study. Status: One publication produced so far.
  • CELC Research Grant: English for Academic Purposes Study (EAP, ES1102) Impact Study, AY 2014/15. Manuscripts in Preparation.

Research Interests

  • Language teaching
  • Cross-cultural communication
  • Second/foreign language acquisition (particularly Interlanguage pragmatics and study abroad)
  • Interdisciplinary teaching and learning: embedding across the curriculum

Work Experience

  1. June 2012–Present: Lecturer, Centre for English Language Communication, NUS.
    1. Main teaching and coordinating Duties:
      • Currently working with all the departments at the Faculty of Engineering to embed oral and technical writing communication into courses throughout students’ undergraduate degree programme. I am now developing online iBlocs and workshop materials for flipped and blending learning modules into EPP1/EPP2, plus later years with the Faculty of Engineering.
      • Coordinated and taught ethical and professional communication course ‘Communicating Engineering’ at the Faculty of Engineering, ES2331.
      • Coordinated and taught English for Academic Purposes (EAP), ES1102/ES1103.
      • Coordinated and taught SM2 Programme (Materials), Batch 18th.
      • Interdisciplinary curriculum design and teaching: embedding the teaching of communication at the Faculty of Engineering in the undergraduate curriculum.
      • Interdisciplinary teaching: embedding the teaching of communication at the Department of Pharmacy (Final Year Projects)
    2. Development of online courses:
      • Developing iMOOCs on writing clearly and concisely.
      • Developing iMOOCs for technical writing and oral communications skills.
      • Coursera: Establishing a Professional ‘SELF’ Through Effective Intercultural communication.
  2. August 2004–April 2006: Instructor, English Language Teaching Unit, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
    1. Main Duties:
      • Member of IELTS Committee.
      • Teach undergrads/postgrads students EAP & Business Communication.
      • Prepare postgrad students for overseas studies and visited study abroad students.

Publications


Articles

  • Cook, M. S. S. W, & Lee, K. C. (2019). "I ever eat at Zizzi: The importance of speaking popperly": A reflection on beliefs and actual classroom practice. Asian Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 9(1).
  • Cook, M. (2019). The Success of an EAP Programme in Tertiary Education: Using a Student-Centric Approach to Scaffold Materials in an EAP. Studies in English Language Teaching. 7. p213.
  • Cook, M. (in preparation). Roles of universities and teachers in promoting the learning of 21st-century skills in a holistic curriculum.
  • Cook, M. (2017). "The Success of an EAP Programme in Tertiary Education: From reading to writing in an EAP to transferring academic writing skills across the disciplines". ES1102/3 Impact study report (30 pages). I will turn this manuscript into publication(s).
  • Cook, M. (2017). How to write a reflection. CELC Blog.
  • Cook, M. (2016). ‘Explain Everything: What can students gain from online multimodal feedback?’ Asian Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 6(2), 194-220.
  • Cook, M. (2015, January). Providing online multimodal feedback to students in a writing course, CELC Blog.
  • Cook, M. & Liddicoat, A. 'The Development of Comprehension in Interlanguage Pragmatics: The Case of Request Strategies in English', Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 25(1), 19–39.

Conference Papers

  • Cook, M. "Embedding Communication Skills into the Discipline: Rising above the challenges"-an example of a SoTL Project. Paper to be presented at the SoTL-Asia, 2019 Colloquium, Day 2, 20 September 2019.
  • Cook, M. "Embedding Communication Skills into the Discipline: the good, the bad, and the challenges"-an evaluation of the framework. Paper to be presented at the 6th CELC Roundtable, 4-5 December 2019.
  • Cook, M. "Engaging Students Through Feedback". Paper presented at the Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Conference, NUS, 25 September 2018.
  • Cook, M. & Lee, K.C. "I ever eat at Zizzi: The importance of speaking popperly". Paper presented at the 2018 NUS Learning Day, NUS, 25 September 2018.
  • Cook, M. "How can we leverage on technology to engage tertiary students in the feedback process?" Paper presented at the Co-Constructing Excellence: Recognising, Scaffolding and Building Excellence in University Learning and Teaching, hosted by the Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, The University of Hong Kong, 19 December 2019.
  • Cook, M. "Engaging students using peer feedback". Paper presented at the CDTL, 12 July, 2019.
  • NTPU Workshop: "English for Teaching Workshop 7: Providing Effective Feedback on Students' Work". CELC, NUS. 30 July - 3 August.
  • Cook, M. (2017, December). Contributions to a successful EAP course. Paper presented at the CAES International Conference: Teaching and Researching Academic and Professional English, The Hong Kong University, Hong Kong.
  • Cook, M. (2016, August) Using E-portfolios to enhance students’ academic writing performance. Paper presented at the Promoting Effective Change in the Language Classroom VUW Vietnam TESOL Conference Ho Chi Minh City Campus, Vietnam.
  • Cook, M. (2016, May). Using E-portfolios to enhance students’ ability to self-regulate their writing performance. Strengthening Connectivities in ELT: Pedagogies, Disciplines, Cultures, CELC, NUS.
  • Cook, M. (2014, December). What can students gain from multimodal feedback? Paper presented at the 7TH International Conference on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, NUS.
  • Cook, M. (2014, March). Can we enhance feedback to university students using a screencast software? Feature speaker paper presented at the 2014 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo. Portland, Oregon, USA.
  • Saddora, L.M., Wong, S.F. & Cook, M. (2014, March) Bridging the gap: (Re)creating an IEP. Colloquium presented at the 2014 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo. Portland, Oregon, USA.
  • Buang Sri Norazrin & Cook, M. (2013, November). The teacher reflection process in the teaching of academic writing. Paper presented at the VUW Vietnam TESOL Conference Ho Chi Minh City Campus, Vietnam.
  • Cook, M. (2013, November). Can technology enhance feedback to EFL students in higher education? Preliminary results. Feature speaker paper presented at the VUW Vietnam TESOL Conference Ho Chi Minh City Campus, Vietnam.

Other Main CELC Workshops/Projects/NUS Service


  • 25 May 2017: CELC-FTEC briefing/sharing session
  • 22 February 2017: SoTL Workshop: How to write a reflection.
  • June 2014 to present: SM2 Resident Advisor for Batches 18th, 19th and 30th
  • July 2015 and July 2016: National Taipei University Teaching Programmes
    • Conducted workshops on IT and Pedagogy: Leveraging on IT to create a learner-centered classroom.
    • One-to-one coaching micro-teaching session with professors from various academic disciplines.
  • Mid-June 2015: Coordinated the editing of, and edited, the SDI Academy's Conversational English Guide for Beginners booklet. This project was completed by June 2014.
  • 19-21 May 2015 CELC Oral Camp: Presenting the TED Way: Tantalizing, Engaging, Daring. Conducted workshops and coaching sessions.