Theresa McGarry

 I teach linguistics and coordinate the TESOL Certificate Program in the Dept. of Literature and Language at East Tennessee State University. I have taught English as a Second Language in Korea, Japan, Sri Lanka, China, Ecuador, and the U.S.

Organizations I belong to:

Linguistic Society of America
American Association for Applied Linguistics
American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies
Sister Cities of the Tri-Cities

Liyanage Amarakeerthi and I have completed the translations for an answer key for  Literary Sinhala  by James W. Gair & W.S. Karunatilaka. They are now available on the site of the American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies, here .


The book on gender-linked variation  across languages that Yousif Elhindi and I edited was  published by Common Ground in 2013.

cover of Gender-Linked Variation Across Languages


Beginning Colloquial Sinhala: An Introductory Curriculum, which I co-authored with Liyanage Amarakeerthi, who is in the Dept. of Sinhala at Peradeniya University, was published by Cornell University in 2011. Besides the student book, it includes a teacher’s guide and electronic videos, audiofiles, photographs, and other cool stuff. The curriculum development was made possible by the South Asia Program at Cornell University and by a grant from the US Dept. of Education. Sinhala book cover


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