Dr Misty COOK

Misty So-Sum Wai-Cook

Deputy Director


Contact Information

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

Dr Misty So-Sum Wai-COOK is Senior Lecturer at the Centre for English Language Communication; Associate Director of Student Life at the College of Alice & Peter Tan (CAPT), and Fellow at the National University of Singapore Teaching Academy. Misty has won multiple Centre and NUS teaching excellence awards, and she is now on Annual Teaching Excellence Award (ATEA) Honour Roll. Misty has also conducted multiple research projects and published papers on academic literacies, tutor and peer feedback in language education, English across the curriculum, and the use of technologies to enhance teaching and learning. She is on the Editorial Board for a number of peer-review journals such as Language and Language Teaching Journals and Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education.

Recent Modules/Courses Taught and/or Coordinated

  • UTC2413 Communicating with communities in the 21st century
  • UTW1001G Human Behaviours: How do 'I' fit in this Social World?
  • PR4195/PR4196 Pharmacy Research Project and Scientific Communication
  • Faculty of Engineering Embedded Courses

Awards & Recognition

  • NUS Annual Teaching Excellence Award (Team) AY2019/2020
  • 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.

Editorial Board

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

Grant Projects

  • 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.



Selected Publications (since 2019)

  • Cook, M. (2021). "Working towards best teaching and learning practices in a holistic curriculum for the twenty-first century: Roles of university management, teachers and students". Book chapter in: Student Support Services in the series University Development and Administration. Springer. Series editor: Fernando F. Padro Volume editors: Megan Kek, Henk Huijser.
  • Cook, M. (2021). "Students' perceptions of interactions from instructor presence, cognitive presence, and social presence in online lessons". International Journal of TESOL Studies, 3(1), 134-61.
  • Brooke, M., So-Sum Wai-Cook, M., & Ramazanu, S. (2020). Seeking to reduce physical distancing in teacher-student interactions. Online Education: Teaching in a Time of Change. Architecture, Media, Politics & Society (AMPS) Proceedings series https://amps-research.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Amps-Proceedings-Series-23.1-1.pdf.
  • Cook, M. (2020). "The Reality of Home-Based Learning During COVID-19: Roles of Parents, Teachers, and School Administration in Promoting Self-Directed Learning". Journal of School Administration Research and Development, 5(2), 86-92.
  • Brooke, M., Lee, K. C., Wai-Cook, M., Segarra Navera, G., & Tang K.K.J, (2020)."Trekking the Educator Track at a Research-Intensive University: Five Accounts of Different Career Levels", International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: 14(2), pp. 1-12.
  • Cook, M. (2020). "Engaging Students in a Student-Centred Synchronous Online Lesson: Mission Possible". Teaching Connections. https://blog.nus.edu.sg/teachingconnections/2020/09/02/engaging-students-in-a-student-centred-synchronous-online-lesson-mission-possible/.
  • 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.

Selected Presentations (since 2019)

  • Cook, M. and Brooke, M. (2021). "Effective Teaching Practices in Supporting Students in and Beyond Class Time in an Online Academic Literacy Module." Australia-ASEAN Academics Forum: Online Education During COVID-19 and Beyond. Monday 6 September 2021.
  • Cook, M. "Developing Students' Academic Literacy with Relevance and Creativity in Content and Language Integrated Learning". Paper presented at the Third International Conference on English Across the Curriculum 2021. The Hong Kong Polytechnique University. 15 May 2021.
  • Cook, M. "Developing Critical Thinking in a Social Psychology Module". Paper presented at a Colloquium: Building student creativity, critical thinking, and academic literacy in a CLIL academic writing programme. Third International Conference on English Across the Curriculum 2021. The Hong Kong Polytechnique University. 14 May 2021
  • Brooke, M. and Cook, M. "Developing Critical Thinking in a social psychology module: Scaffolding relevant content to learn academic literacy". "Seeking to Reduce Physical Distancing in Teacher-Student Interactions". Paper presented with Mark Brooke, at the Online Education: Teaching in a Time of Change Conference. 20 April 2021.
  • Cook, M. Invited Contributor to Panel Discussion in "Post-COVID Demands of Education & Schooling". Morgan State University, US. 18 March 2021.
  • Cook, M. "Embedding Communication Skills into the Discipline: Do students learn?". Paper presented at the HKCPD Hub Virtual Conference: Innovative Teaching and Research In English Language Education. Friday 8 January 2021.
  • Cook, M. "Embedding Communication Skills into the Discipline: Rising above the challenges"-an example of a SoTL Project. Paper 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.

Conference Papers

Cook, M. "Developing Students' Academic Literacy with Relevance and Creativity in Content and Language Integrated Learning". Paper presented at the Third International Conference on English Across the Curriculum 2021. The Hong Kong Polytechnique University. 15 May 2021.


Cook, M. "Developing Critical Thinking in a Social Psychology Module". Paper presented at a Colloquium: Building student creativity, critical thinking, and academic literacy in a CLIL academic writing programme. Third International Conference on English Across the Curriculum 2021. The Hong Kong Polytechnique University. 14 May 2021


Brooke, M. and Cook, M. "Developing Critical Thinking in a social psychology module: Scaffolding relevant content to learn academic literacy". "Seeking to Reduce Physical Distancing in Teacher-Student Interactions". Paper presented with Mark Brooke, at the Online Education: Teaching in a Time of Change Conference. 20 April 2021.


Cook, M. Invited Contributor to Panel Discussion in "Post-COVID Demands of Education & Schooling". Morgan State University, US. 18 March 2021.


Cook, M. "Embedding Communication Skills into the Discipline: Do students learn?". Paper presented at the HKCPD Hub Virtual Conference: Innovative Teaching and Research In English Language Education. Friday 8 January 2021.


Cook, M. "Embedding Communication Skills into the Discipline: Rising above the challenges"-an example of a SoTL Project. Paper 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 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.