Alister Cumming

Alister Cumming

Surname - Cumming

First name - Alister

Address of correspondence - E-mail

Nationality - Canadian

Affiliation with educational networks


Work information
Occupation or position currently held

Head, Modern Language Centre, Department of Curriculum, Teaching & Learning

Name of employer
University of Toronto
Country of employment


Education and training
PhD    University of Toronto, Department of Education            
M.A.   University of British Columbia, Department of  English 
B.A.   University of British Columbia, Department of English
Languages of communication


Mother tongue
Other languages

of communication


Contribution to the project



Leki, I., Cumming, A., & Silva, T. (in press). A synthesis of research on second language
writing. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
Cumming, A. & Laurier, M. (Eds.). (2007). Language assessment, special issue of the Canadian
       Modern Language Review, 64, 1.
Cumming, A. (Ed.). (2006). Goals for academic writing: ESL students and their instructors 
       Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
Cumming, A., Kantor, R., Baba, K., Eouanzoui, K., Erdosy, U., & James, M. (2006). Analysis of discourse Features and verification of scoring levels for independents and integrated prototype tasks for the new TOEFL.  TOEFL Monograph Series, Report No. 30. Princeton, NJ: Educational Testing Service.
Bascia, N., Cumming, A., Datnow, A., Leithwood, K., & Livingstone, D. (Eds.) (2005). International handbook of educational policy. Volumes 1 and 2. Dordrecht, Netherlands. Springer.
Cumming, A., Grant, L., Mulcahy-Ernt, P. & Powers, D. (2005). A teacher-verification study of speaking and writing prototype tasks for a new TOEFL.  TOEFL Monograph Series, Report No. 26. Princeton, NJ: Educational Testing Service. Available at
Cumming, A., Kantor, R., & Powers, D. (2001). Scoring TOEFL essays and TOEFL 2000 prototype tasks.
An investigation into raters’ decision making, and development of a preliminary analytic framework. TOEFL Monograph Series, Report No. 22. Princeton, NJ: Educational Testing Service.



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