John Unger

Dr. John A. Unger

Associate Professor of English

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Dr. John Unger teaches EAP and English Composition courses at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA. He has worked and studied in a wide variety of ESL/EFL and developmental English contexts for almost thirty years.

He has published, presented papers and workshops, and taught undergraduate and graduate courses revolving around TESOL, gesture and language, writing, developmental English, linguistics, traditional English grammar and usage, literacy, semiotics and video games, and multilingual/ multicultural education. His current research revolves the use of digital videos that can be developed as supporting tools for English language learners in K-12, EAP, STEM, and transitional literacy-learning contexts.

For the past several years, John has been working with a math professor to use digital video for analyzing students’ problem-solving processes for math word problems; he hopes to continue digital video applications for other STEM disciplines.

Before his life in higher education, John spent four years in the U.S. Navy and fifteen seasons on coastal and deep-sea commercial fishing boats in the Northern Pacific, Gulf of Alaska, and Bering Sea.



  • Doctorate – literacy, TESOL – University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Master's – education, TESOL – University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Bachelor's – creative writing – Western Washington University