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Dr. John W. Schwieter

Associate Professor of Spanish and Linguistics

Contact Information

Office Location: 411 Bricker Academic Building
Office Hours: By appointment
Languages Spoken


Academic Background

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Spanish Language and Linguistics

Specializations: Psycholinguistics, language acquisition, and bilingualism

Florida State University


Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Concentrations: University organizational leadership and project management

University of Wisconsin

UW MBA Consortium: UW-Eau Claire, UW-La Crosse, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Parkside


Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

Field: Language, culture, and eduation

Specialization: Bilingual/English as a Second Language Education

Western Illinois University


Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Spanish

Minor field: Business administration

Western Illinois University


Dr. John W. Schwieter is an Associate Professor of Spanish and Linguistics and a Faculty of Arts Teaching Scholar, awarded to one professor per year who displays an "explicit and creative integration of the profession’s twin functions of scholarly research and teaching." He is also the director of the Psycholinguistics & Language Acquisition Research Laboratory and an associate member of the Centre for Applied Research and Outreach in Language Education at the University of Greenwich, London, United Kingdom. Dr. Schwieter has served as Undergraduate Officer in the Department, Faculty Senator in the University Senate, and Faculty Mentor for the Laurier Arts Scholars. Prior to Wilfrid Laurier University, he taught Spanish courses in the United States at the Florida State University, Tallahassee Community College, Spoon River College, and Western Illinois University. He also taught English-as-a-second-language courses in Mexico at the University of Guadalajara and the Ahpla Institute. Having visited nearly 65 countries, he enjoys traveling and leading the annual SP200*: Study Abroad course. 

  • Psycholinguistic approaches to language acquisition
  • Cognitive perspectives of bilingualism/multilingualism
  • Translation processes and the development of linguistic competence
  • Socio-cultural linguistics
  • Foreign language teaching and learning

Broadly speaking, Dr. Schwieter's research and publications investigate language from cognitive, psycholinguistic, and sociocultural perspectives. He is particularly interested in issues related to bilingualism and multilingualism, language acquisition, language teaching and learning, and translation processes. He is the founding general editor of the Bilingual Processing and Acquisition scholarly book series (John Benjamins Publishing) and he serves on editorial advisory boards for four international journals and as a regular or occasional peer reviewer for several others. His studies have appeared in international books and journals and his books have received positive reviews from peers in journals such as Studies in Second Language Acquisition; The Canadian Modern Language Review; Education Review; The Australian Review of Applied Linguistics; and The International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. One of his recent articles was ranked among the top ten most cited studies in the flagship journal Bilingualism: Language and Cognition.

Dr. Schwieter's books include:

  • Under contract/in preparation. Introducing linguistics: Theoretical and applied approaches (with J. Bruhn de Garavito). Toronto: Oxford University Press.
  • Under contract/in preparation. Cognitive control and consequences of the multilingual mind. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins publishing.
  • 2015. The Cambridge handbook of bilingual processing. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • 2015. Psycholinguistic and cognitive inquiries into translation and interpreting (with A. Ferreira). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing.
  • 2014. The development of translation competence: Theories and methodologies from psycholinguistics and cognitive science (with A. Ferreira). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • 2013. Innovative research and practices in second language acquisition and bilingualism. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing.
  • 2013. Studies and global perspectives of second language teaching and learning. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • 2010. Cognition and bilingual speech: Psycholinguistic aspects of language production, processing, and inhibitory control. Saarbrücken, Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing.
Teaching (in English and Spanish)
  • Applied linguistics: Psycholinguistics, language acquisition, neurolinguistics, sociolinguistics, dialectology.
  • Theoretical linguistics: Syntax, phonology, phonetics, morphology, semantics, historical linguistics.
  • Courses taught at WLU: LL223: Theoretical Linguistics; LL323: Applied Linguistics; SP101: Introduction to Spanish I; SP200*: Study Abroad; SP201: Intermediate Spanish I; SP202: Intermediate Spanish II; SP451: Stylistics and Professional Writing; SP452: Stylistics and Composition II; SP461: Hispanic Linguistics; SP467: Linguistic and cultural shaping of Spain.
  • Courses taught at other institutions: EL101: Introductory ESL; EL112: Advanced ESL; EL200: Conversational ESL; EL250: Advanced Business ESL; SPN1120: Introductory Spanish I; SPN1121: Introductory Spanish II; SPN1124: Comprehensive Introductory Spanish; SPN2220: Intermediate Spanish I; SPN2240: Intermediate Spanish II.