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

Congratulations to Rentsenkhand Enkh-Amgalan, a new Urban Fellow for 2016-17! (; This fall she'll be working with New York City agencies to start new ESL classes for residents of New York City. 
me, Handaa, Katherine
Theresa McGarry (me), Rentsenkhand, and Dr. Katherine Weiss, Chair of Literature and Languages

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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