University of Toronto, Canada
Professor Alister Cumming is the former Head of the Centre for Educational Research on Languages and Literacies, University of Toronto and is currently a Changjiang Scholar at Beijing Foreign Studies University. He was editor and then Executive Director ofLanguage Learning and the Chair of ETS’ TOEFL Committee of Examiners through the 1990s and 2000s. His research and courses focus on the learning, teaching, and assessment of writing in English as a second/foreign language, the evaluation of programs and curricula for second language education and immigrant settlement, and the development of assessment instruments and procedures in academic, professional and settlement contexts. Professor Cumming has written and published numerous books and articles on second-language education, language assessment, literacy, and international education policy. Professor Cumming’s recent books are Agendas for Language Learning Research (with Lourdes Ortega and Nick Ellis, Wiley-Blackwell, 2013),Adolescent Literacies in a Multicultural Context (Routledge, 2012), A Synthesis of Research on Second Language Writing in English(with Ilona Leki and Tony Silva, Routledge, 2008), and Goals for Academic Writing (John Benjamins, 2006).