Misty So-Sum Wai-Cook

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

  • Annual Teaching Excellence Award, NUS: 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.

Educational Awards & Distinctions

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

Educational Research Grants

  • 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)

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.
    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. (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. (2017, forthcoming, June). 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.