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Cynthia White is Professor of Applied Linguistics in the School of Linguistics and International Languages, and has published two books (Cambridge University Press, Multilingual Matters), and over 60 articles and chapters on distance and online language learning, language and migration, and language, emotion and identity. In 2004 Cynthia received the International TESOL Virginia French Allen Award for Scholarship and Service to the TESOL profession. In 2008 she was invited presenter at the Bertelsmann Foundation, Berlin, on language, settlement and social cohesion among immigrant youth. She serves on the Editorial Boards of seven international journals including Language Learning & Technology, Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, Language Teaching and Language Learning Journal. She was an invited member of the International Project on Language Learner Strategies (IPoLLS) (2004-2008), and serves as external expert at the US National Middle East Language Resource Centre for Arabic distance learning initiatives. Cynthia has completed collaborative research projects with the Open University UK and Nottingham University in online language teaching and has been plenary speaker at international conferences and workshops in Germany, Thailand, Singapore, Australia, China, UK, Hawai'i and Malaysia.
Roles and Responsibilities
Cynthia White is Head of the School of Linguistics and International Languages, and a member of the Massey University Council and the Honorary Awards Committee. She is a member of Academic Board and of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Executive Group and serves on the Professorial Promotions Committee and the Maori Language Advisory Group. Nationally she has acted in advisory roles for the Office of Ethnic Affairs and the National Association of ESOL Home Tutor Schemes. She served as honorary member of the Research Committee, Centre for English Language Education, University of Nottingham, and is a member of the Humanities and Law PBRF Panel 2006-2012.
Research interests include strategies, emotion and identity in online and distance language learning, language and settlement issues for immigrants and refugees, and more recently discourses of national identity, resilience and belonging in transnational digital networks.
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Field of research codes
Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics (200401): Languages, Communication And Culture (200000): Linguistics (200400)