Eastern Michigan University
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Cynthia J. Macknish

Assistant Professor

Cynthia J. Macknish 330 King Hall, Office Hours Fall 2016: M 2:30-4:30, W 9:00-11:00




Ed.D. Applied Linguistics & TESOL, University of Leicester, UK

M.A. TEFL, University of Reading, UK

B.Ed. Queen’s University, Canada

B.A. University of Guelph, Canada

Interests and Expertise

second language pedagogy, critical reading, language assessment, English for Academic Purposes


Macknish, C., Porter-Szucs, I., Tomaš, Z., Scholze, A., Slucter, C., & Kavetsky, A. (in press). Voices from an MA-TESOL program: Bridging theory and practice from the ground up. In T. Farrell (Ed.), Voices from the TESOL classroom: Participant inquiries in pre-service teacher education classes. Alexandria VA: TESOL.

Macknish, C., & Tomaš, Z. (in press). Materials development for teaching speaking. In J. Liontas       (Ed.),  TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching.  Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Macknish, C.J. (2013). Perceptions about anticipating and responding to language classroom incidents. Journal of Education for Teaching, 39(4).

Macknish, C.J. (2011). Understanding critical reading in an ESL class in Singapore, TESOL Journal 2(4), 444-472. 

Macknish, C. (2011). Facilitating critical reading with Chinese learners. In C. Ward (Ed.), Language education: An essential for a global economy, Anthology Series 52 (pp. 57-75). Singapore: SEAMEO Regional Language Centre.

Macknish, C. (2010). Academic and professional writing for teachers. Singapore: McGraw-Hill Education.

Macknish, C. (2005). Using debates to develop oral communication skills. In P. F. Kwah & M. Vallance (Eds.), Teaching English to Chinese ESL students: Classroom practices (pp. 56-69). Singapore: Pearson.

Liu, X. L., & Macknish, C. (2005). Oral communication skills. In P. F. Kwah & M. Vallance (Eds.), Teaching English to Chinese ESL students: Classroom practices (pp. 30-47). Singapore: Pearson.

Kannan, J., & Macknish, C. (2000). Issues affecting on-line ESL learning:  A Singapore case study. Internet TESOL Journal, VI (11), Available online at http://iteslj.org/indexPrev00.html.

Kannan, J., & Macknish, C. (2000). Assessing assessment:  Task-based methods. STETS Language & Communication Review, 9 (1), 53-61.

The Department of World Languages is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold, 734.487.4344