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Dennis Murphy Odo

Assistant Professor    
Second language literacy
Teacher professional development

Dennis Murphy Odo joined the Georgia State University faculty in 2012. He currently teaches courses in reading assessment and applied linguistics for teachers. Prior to joining the department of Middle Secondary Education, Murphy Odo taught English as a second and foreign language at Kyunghee University in Seoul, Korea and served as a pre-service teacher trainer at The University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. His teaching interests are in the areas of second language literacy instructional methods and classroom assessment. He has written and published research on the topics of second language literacy, second language assessment and immigrant student achievement.


Gunderson, L., D’Silva, R. &Murphy Odo, D. (2013). ESL (ELL) Literacy Instruction: A Guidebook to Theory and Practice (3rd ed.). New York: Routledge.

Gunderson, L., D’Silva, R. & Murphy Odo, D. (2012). Immigrant students navigating Canadian schools: A longitudinal view. TESL Canada Journal, 29, 142-156.

Murphy Odo, D. (2012). An investigation of the cross-mode comparability of a paper and computer-based multiple-choice cloze reading assessment for ESL learners. Computer Assisted Language Learning – Electronic Journal, 13(1), 12-26.

Murphy Odo, D., D’Silva, R., & Gunderson, L. (2012). High school may not be enough: An investigation of Asian students’ eligibility for post-secondary education. Canadian Journal of Education, 35(2), 249–267.

Murphy Odo, D. (2012). The impact of high school exit exams on ESL learners in British Columbia. English Language Teaching, 5(9), 1-8.

Murphy Odo, D. (2012). Computer familiarity and test performance on a computer-based cloze ESL reading assessment. Teaching English with Technology, 12 (1), 3-19.

Gunderson, L., Murphy Odo, D. & D’Silva, R. (2011). Second language literacy. In Hinkel, E. (Ed.). The Handbook of Research in Second Language Teaching and Learning (pp. 343-350). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Gunderson, L., Murphy Odo, D. & D’Silva, R. (2011). Assessment and English language learners. In Lapp, D. & Fischer, D. (Eds.) The Handbook of English Language Arts (pp. 472-487). New York: Routledge.

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