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John M. Murphy

John Murphy began his career as a teacher of English to speakers of other languages in the mid 1970s. He joined Georgia State University as an educator of second language (L2) teachers in 1988 where he currently serves as Professor in the AL/ESL Department. He received his doctorate in the teaching of English to speakers of other languages from Teachers College of Columbia University. In previous appointments he was an Assistant Professor of ESL at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York (1979-1988); an ESL teacher in New Jersey public schools; and a lecturer at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra in the Dominican Republic (1974-1977). Dr. Murphy has held short-term guest lectureships in Barcelona, Spain and the Peoples Republic of China. His contributions include invited plenaries at conferences in Peru, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Egypt, Mexico, Spain and at several regional conferences in the United States. John’s publications include three books: Understanding the Course We Teach: Local Perspective on English Language Teaching (2001; University of Michigan Press, with Pat Byrd), Essentials in Teaching Academic Oral Communication (2005; Houghton Mifflin), and Teaching Pronunciation (2013; TESOL International). He has also published numerous articles in leading Applied Linguistics journals (e.g., TESOL Quarterly, TESOL Journal, TESL Canada Journal, Journal of Second Language Writing, English for Specific Purposes Journal, System), along with book chapters, and additional publications. John has served on editorial boards for System: In International Journal of Applied Linguistics and TESOL Quarterly, as guest co-editor for TESOL Journal, and as Chair of International TESOL’s Book Publications Committee (2006-2009). Dr. Murphy’s research interests span three areas of Applied Linguistics: L2 teacher education (teacher reasoning, teacher cognition), approaches to L2 instruction, and the teaching of ESL oral communication (listening, speaking, and pronunciation). His contributions in research and teaching are informed by both social-cognitive and socio-cultural understandings of how L2 teachers and L2 learners develop new abilities. Beyond academia, John also teaches Yoga (twice weekly) in the lineage of Pranakriya Hatha Yoga.