Lee Gunderson

Dr. Lee Gunderson


lee.gunderson@ubc.ca 604–822–8456 PCN 3131


Predictors of Immigrant Achievement in English-Only Instructional Environments: The Role of Background Variables on English Acquisition and Academic Achievement

Multicultural Views of Mainstream Instructional Practices

Awards & Honours

Education Advocate Award, Association of British Columbia Deans of Education, 2023

Reading Hall of Fame, Inducted 2021

Honorary Lifetime Membership for Contributions to Research in Learning Disabilities, Learning Disabilities Association of Vancouver, March, 2010

BC TEAL Lifetime Contributors Award, May, 2009

UBC President’s Award for Education Through the Media, March 2009

British Columbia Deans of Education Association, 2008/2009 Media Contributor of the Year Award

Selected Publications

Gunderson, L. & D’Silva, R. (2022) Kindergarten to Grade 12, Second Language Literacy. Handbook of Practical Second Language Teaching and Learning.
Ji, R., Li, G., & Gunderson, L. (2022). Validation of the PPVT–5 for Chinese-English bilingual learners: Application of cross-classified mixed effects model. Research Methods in Applied Linguistics,1(2), 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rmal.2022.100013
Li, G., Sun, Z., Zhen, F., Ji, R., Gunderson, L. (2022) Home literacy environment and Chinese-Canadian first graders’ bilingual vocabulary profiles: A mixed methods analysis. Sustainability, 14, 15788. https://doi.org/10.3390/su142315788
Li, G., Gunderson, L., Lin, Z., Sun, Z. (2021) Mandarin- and Cantonese-speaking bilingual children’s English vocabulary and oral language development in Canada: Implications for instruction in the early years . The European Journal of Applied Linguistics and TEFL, 10(2), 125-152.
Gunderson L. (2021) The dangers of labels English as a Second Language. Research Outreach, 125. Available at: https://researchoutreach.org/articles/the-dangers-of-labels-english-as-a-second-language/
Gunderson, L. (2021). The Consequences of English Learner as a Category in Teaching, Learning, and Research. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. 64(4), pp. 431-439. Also available at https://doi.org/10.1002/jaal.1116.
Gunderson, L., D’Silva, R., & Murphy Odo (2020) ESL (ELL) literacy instruction: A guidebook to theory and practice (4th ed.). NY: Routledge.
Gunderson, L. & D’Silva, R. (2019) Lessons from the ESL Assessment Consortium. Vancouver: BC ESL Assessment Consortium (available at www.eslassess.ca).
Gunderson, L. & D’Silva, R.A. (2018) The secondary school that ROARS in A. Lazar & P. Ruggiano-Schmidt (Eds.) Understanding Exceptional Schools (pp. 32-51). New York: Teachers College Press.
Gunderson, L. & D’Silva, R. (2017) Second Language Literacy – Kindergarten to Grade 12. In E. Hinkel (Ed) Handbook of Research in Second Language Teaching and Learning (3nd edition) (pp.273-285). NY: Routledge.
Gunderson, L., & D’Silva, R. (2016). Disaggregating secondary-level Chinese immigrants’ academic, English, and school success. In W. Ma, & G. Li, (Eds.), Chinese-heritage students in North American schools: Understanding hearts and minds beyond test scores (pp. 88–102). New York, NY: Routledge.

D’Silva, R. & Gunderson, L. (2014, January) Teaching to Kinetic Diversity Multicultural Canadian classrooms in the 21st century. Education Canada.

Gunderson, L, D’Silva, R, & Murphy Odo (2014). ESL (ELL) literacy instruction: A guidebook to theory and practice (3rd ed.). NY: Routledge.

Gunderson, L. (2014). Theorizing Multiculturalism: Modeling the Dynamics of Inclusion and Exclusion in School–Based Multicultural Settings. In K. Shimizu & W.S. Bradley (Eds.) Multiculturalism and Conflict Reconciliation in the Asia-Pacific: Migration, Language and Politics. (62-78). London: Palgrave.

Gunderson, L., D’Silva, R. & Murphy Odo, D. (2012). Immigrant Students Navigating Canadian Schools: A Longitudinal View. TESL Canada Journal, v. 29, n. 6, pp. 142-156.

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, v. 35. n. 2, pp. 249-267.

Gunderson, L. (2011.2012) “Bi-cultural identity as an academic variable”, AMSSA Cultures West. v. 29, n. 2: Winter 2011/12, pp. 22-23.

Angerilli, M., Beatty, K., D`Silva, FR., Gunderson, L., Helmer, S., Humphries, C., Kosel, B., LaRizza-Evans, R., McMillan, D., Murphy Odo, D., Monkman, G., Neilson, D., Shea, D., Tijman, D., & Wright, J. (2012). “LOMERA” BC Teacher, v. 24, n 4, January/February, available at http://bctf.ca/publications/NewsmagArticle.aspx?id=25048

Siegel, L., & Gunderson, L. (in press). The Assessment of Individual Learning Needs of Students from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds. Victoria, BC: Ministry of Education, Skills and Training.

Gunderson, L.,  Murphy Odo, D. & D’Silva, R. (2011). Assessing the English Language Learner. In D. Lapp &  D Fisher (Eds.),  Handbook of Research on Teaching the English Language Arts (3rd ed.)  (pp. 343-349). New York: Routledge.

Gunderson, L., Murphy Odo, D., & D’Silva, R. (2011). Second language literacy. In E. Hinkel (Ed.), Handbook of Research in Second Language Teaching and Learning (Vol. 2) (pp. 472-487). New York: Routledge.

Gunderson, L., D’Silva, R., & Chen, L. (2011)Second language reading disability: International themes.  In A. McGill-Franzen & R.L. Allington (DEds.), Handbook of reading disability research (pp.13-24). New York: Routledge.

Gunderson, L. (2011). Preface to Patricia Ruggiano Schmidt and Althier Lazar, We Can Teach and We Can Learn: Achievement in Culturally Responsive Literacy Classrooms. NY: Routledge.

Gunderson, L. (2010). Foreword to Guofang Li & Patricia Edwards (Eds.), Best Practices in ELL Instruction. NY: Guilford Publications.

Gunderson, L., Murphy Odo, D., & D’Silva, R.  (2010). Manual for the Lower Mainland English Reading Assessment (LOMERA). Vancouver: Lower Mainland ESL Assessment Consortium.

Gunderson, L. (2009), Book Review of Social Justice through Multilingual Education. Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, Robert Phillipson, Ajit K. Mohanty & Minati Panda (Eds.). Toronto: Multilingual Matters, 2009, pp. xviii +389, ISBN: 978-1-84769-189-7 (pbk).  Language and Education, London: Routledge.

Gunderson, L. (2009). ESL(ELL) Literacy Instruction: A Guidebook to Theory and Practice (2nd ed.). NY: Routledge.

Besseling, L. (Director). (2009). Planet Vancouver. In C. Hunter (Producer), Canada: Vancouver Film School. (Documentary movie on immigrant students.)

Gunderson, L. (2008). Commentary: The state of the art of secondary ESL teaching and learning. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 52(3), 184-188.

Gunderson, L. (2008). Bilingual education. In S. Mathison & W. Ross (Eds.), Battleground Schools (pp. 57-64). Westport, CN: Greenwood Press.

Gunderson, L. (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010). The Burnaby English Reading Assessment.  Burnaby: Burnaby School District. (Normative data and manual).

Gunderson, L. (2007). English-only instruction and immigrant students in secondary schools: A critical examination. Mawah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Gunderson, L. (2007). A Review of ESL Services in the Abbotsford School Board (pdf).

Gunderson, L. (2007). Where have all the immigrants gone? Contact, 32, 18-128. TESL Ontario, available at http://www.teslontario.org/uploads/publications/researchsymposium/ResearchSymposium2007.pdf

Gunderson, L. (2007). A review of immigrant students and literacy by Gerald Compano.Teachers College Journal. Invited review.

Gunderson, L. (2006). But she speaks English! In R. Jimenez & D. Ong-Pang (Eds.), Race, Ethnicity, and Education (pp. 1-20). Westport, CT: Routlege (Taylor & Francis).

Lopez, M., & Gunderson, L. (2006). Oaxacan parents’ perceptions of literacy. In R. Jimenez & D. Ong-Pang (Eds.), Race, Ethnicity, and Education (pp. 95-115). Westport, CT: Routlege (Taylor & Francis).

Lopez, M., & Gunderson, L. (2006). Parental views of literacy learning: A Mexican View. English Quarterly, 38(10), 6-13.

Gunderson, L. (2006). Foreward to Li, Guofang. Culturally Contested Pedagogy: Battles between Mainstream Teachers and Asian Immigrant Parents. Buffalo: State University of New York Press.

Gunderson, L. (2006). Foreword to Schmidt & Ma, 50 literacy strategies for culturally responsive teaching. NY: Corwin Press.

Chen, L., Seror, J., & Gunderson, L. (2005). Multiple perspectives on Educationally Resilient Immigrant Students. TESL Canada Journal.

Gunderson, L. (2004). The Language, Literacy, Achievement, and Social Consequences of English-Only programs for Immigrant Students. In J. Hoffman & D. Schallert (Eds.), The NRC Yearbook (pp. 1-27). Milwaukee: National Reading Conference.

Gunderson, L. (1995, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010). The Richmond English Reading Assessment. Richmond, BC: The Richmond School District. (Normative data and manual).