Martha Cummings,  Ph.D.

Professor: TESOL

Dr. Martha Cummings is a TESOL Professor at Anaheim University. She received her doctorate from Columbia University Teachers College. She has served on the Nominating Committee of TESOL and is currently a member of the Standing Committee on Diversity. Dr. Cummings has taught for The Monterey Institute of International Studies and the New School Online University, as well as ESL courses for the University of Aizu in Aizuwakamatsu, Japan, where she lived from 2002-2006. She has also lived and worked in New York City; Paris, France; Bratislava, (the former Czechoslovakia); Monterey, California; and Thermopolis, Wyoming. As part of the United States Department of State English Language Specialist Program, she has trained English language teachers in Cyprus, Thailand, Tunisia, and Turkey. She is co-author of two intermediate-level ESL textbooks, Changes, and Inspired to Write, published by Cambridge University Press, and author of numerous academic articles and short stories.

Message from Martha Cummings, Ph.D.

Welcome to this online adventure in teaching and learning. I, too, have been involved in English language teaching and teacher training for over 30 years and have been teaching online since 1999. What I have learned is that there is always more to learn and that online classrooms tend to be places where some of the most whole-hearted learning takes place.
My research interests include narrative inquiry in Second Language Acquisition, classroom management, and observation. I look forward to our conversations.


  • Withrow, J., Brookes, G., & Cummings, M.C. (2004). Inspired to write. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Withrow, J., Brookes, G., & Cummings, M.C. (1996). Changes: Readings for writing. New York: Cambridge University Press. Cummings, M.C. (1995). Mono lake stories. Monterey, CA: Rowbarge Press.

Articles, Book Chapters, Proceedings

  • Cummings, M.C., Endo, K. Gordon, K., Kobayashi, Y., Kong, M., Myskow, G., Ochi, Y., Pekkain, J., Sato, M. Sawamura, N., & Sparling, M. (2006). These are our stories: Language learning histories for JALT 2005. Proceedings from JALT2005 (The Japan Association for Language Teaching). Tokyo: JALT.
  • Scattergood, E. with Cummings, M.C. (2006). And Goldilocks said, "This bed is just right!": The four-year journey of a high school composition class. In P. McKay (Ed.) TESOL curriculum series, volume 3: Planning and teaching within a required curriculum for school age learners. Alexandria, VA: TESOL.
  • Cummings, M.C. (2006). Whose story is this? A cross-cultural analysis of language learner histories. Proceedings from Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, 2006.
  • Cummings, M.C. (2006). An introduction to Accents Asia. Accents Asia. (Online), 1 (1), 1-2.
  • Cummings, M.C., Endo, K. Gordon, K., Kobayashi, Y., Kong, M., Myskow, G., Ochi, Y., Pekkain, J., Sato, M. Sawamura, N., & Sparling, M. (2005). Twelve ways of looking at language learning. Aizuwakamatsu, Japan: Center for Language Research, The University of Aizu, Annual Review 2004.
  • Cummings, M.C. (2005) The untold story: Writing our language learning histories. The Language Teacher, 29(6), 17-19.
  • Cummings, M.C. & Jourdenais, R. (2005). Virtual role reversal for teacher trainers online. PacCALL Journal 1(1), 94-114.
  • Cummings, M.C. (2004). Because we are shy and fear mistaking: Computer mediated communication with EFL writers. Journal of Basic Writing 23(2), 23-48.
  • Cummings, M.C. (2004) Learning to learn online. Aizuwakamatsu, Japan: Center for Language Research, The University of Aizu, Annual Review 2003.
  • Cummings, M.C. (2004). Alberto, c'est moi: Life in another language. Proceedings from Research in ELT: An International Conference, pp. 14-23. Bangkok, Thailand: King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi.
  • Cummings, M.C. (2003). Crossing over: Writing a life in two genres. In C. Casanave & S. Vandrick (Eds.), Writing for scholarly publication: Behind the scenes in language education.
  • Goldstein, L., Campbell, C. & Cummings, M.C.(1996). Smiling through the turbulence: Adjunct-model writing instructor as flight attendant. In M. Snow & D. Brinton (Eds.), The content-based classroom: Perspectives on integrating language and content. New York: Longman Group.
  • Cummings, M.C. (1996). Sardo revisited: Voice, faith, and the multiple repeater. In K.M. Bailey & D. Nunan (Eds.), Voices from the language classroom. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Beebe, L.M. & Cummings, M.C. (1995). Natural speech act data vs written questionnaire data: How data collection method affects speech act performance. In J. Neu & S.M Gass (Eds.), Speech acts across cultures. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • Cummings, M.C. (1994). Stop reading my mind. In M. Bucholtz (Ed.), Cultural Performances. Berkeley, CA: Berkeley Women and Language Group.

Short Fiction

  • Cummings, M.C. (1997). Baby pictures. In I. Zahava (Ed.), Love shook my heart. Los Angeles: Alyson Books.
  • Cummings, M.C. (1997). The duchess. In E. Claman (Ed.), Hard love. Eugene, OR: Queen of Swords Press.
  • Cummings, M.C. (1994). An incident. Pearl: A Literary Quarterly.
  • Cummings, M.C. (1993). Dating. Common Lives Quarterly.
  • Cummings, M.C. (1993). Under age. In A. Sumrall. Love's shadow. Berkeley, CA: The Crossing Press.
  • Cummings, M.C. (1990). To wish for. Common Lives Quarterly.
  • Cummings, M.C. (1990). Runaway. North Atlantic Review.
  • Cummings, M.C. (1988). Absence makes the heart. Kalliope, Tenth Anniversary Issue.
  • Cummings, M.C. (1987) Made to measure. The Connecticut Writer.
  • Cummings, M.C. (1987) Swimming in winter. Sojourner.