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John Murphy


Second Language (L2) teacher development (teacher reasoning, teacher cognition)
Methods of L2 instruction
the teaching of ESL oral communication (listening, speaking, and pronunciation)


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.

AL 8450:  Approaches to Teaching ESL/EFL to Adolescents and Adults
AL 8320:   Sound System of English: Teaching the Pronunciation of ESL/EFL
AL 8480:   Classroom Practices in ESL/EFL
AL 8990:  Research/Theory of Second Language Teacher Development
AL 8900:   Practicum in ESL/EFL Teaching
AL 8610:  Supervision in Second Language Teaching
AL 9370:   Seminar in Language, Cognition, And Communication
(Advanced Topics in Research/Theory of Second Language Teacher Development)



  • Murphy, J.  (2013). Teaching pronunciation.  [English language teacher development series]. Alexandria, VA.  Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.
  • Murphy, J. (Ed.).  (Under contract).  Teaching the Pronunciation of English as a Second Language:  Focus on Whole Courses.  University of Michigan Press.  Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  • Kang, O., Thomson, R., and Murphy, J.  (Eds.).  (Under contract).  The Routledge Handbook of English Pronunciation.  Routledge.  New York.

Book Chapters:

  • Murphy, J. M.  (2014). Reflective teaching: Principles and practices (pp. 613-629). In M. Celce-Murcia, D. M. Brinton, & M. A. Snow (Eds.), Teaching English as a second or foreign language (4th edition).  Boston, MA:  Heinle Cengage.
  • Murphy, J. M.  (2014).  ESL teachers are ready to teach pronunciation.  In L. Grant (Ed.), Pronunciation myths.  Ann Arbor, Michigan:  University of Michigan Press.
  • Murphy, J. M., & Baker, A. A.  (in press for 2015).  History of ESL pronunciation teaching.  In M. Reed and J. Levis (Eds), Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of English PronunciationBlackwell Handbooks in Linguistics Series.  NYC:  Wiley.
  • Murphy, J. M.  (In press for 2015).  Pronunciation, thought grouping, & general listening skills.  In Tamara Jones (Ed.), Integrating Pronunciation with Other Skills Areas‏.  Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages:  Alexandria, VA.

Book Chapters (Pedagogy Focused):

  • Murphy, J.  (2014). Clearer speech through the process of thought grouping.  In M. Lewis and H. Reinders (Eds.), new ways in teaching adults, Revised.  Alexandria, VA:  Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.
  • Murphy, J.  (2014). Learning word stress along with new vocabulary.  A. Coxhead (Ed.), New Ways in Teaching Vocabulary, Revised.  Alexandria, VA:  Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.


  • Murphy, J. M.  (2014). Intelligible, comprehensible, nonnative models in ESL/EFL pronunciation teaching.  System: An International Journal of Educational Technology and Applied Linguistic, 42, pp, 258-269.  
  • Payant, C., & Murphy, J.  (2012). Cooperating teachers’ roles and responsibilities in an MATESOL practicum.  TESL Canada Journal, 29, pp. 1-23.
  • Baker, A., & Murphy, J.  (2011). Knowledge base of pronunciation teaching: Identifying a research agenda.  TESL Canada Journal, 28, pp. 29-50.