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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
August 20, 2014
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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: 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)

Specialization: Language, culture, and education

Western Illinois University


Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Spanish

Minor field: Business administration

Western Illinois University



Dr. John W. Schwieter joined the Department of Languages and Literatures at Wilfrid Laurier University as an assistant professor of Spanish and linguistics in 2007 and was promoted to associate professor in 2011. In 2012, he was named 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." Dr. Schwieter is the director of the Psycholinguistics & Language Acquisition Research Laboratory and has also served as Undergraduate Officer in the Department, Faculty Senator in the University Senate, and Faculty Mentor for the Laurier Arts Scholars. Prior to arriving to Laurier, he taught courses at the Florida State University, Tallahassee Community College, Spoon River College, Western Illinois University, and Universidad de Guadalajara. Having visited nearly 60 countries, he enjoys traveling and leading the annual SP200*: Study Abroad course. 

Broadly speaking, Dr. Schwieter's research investigates 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 serves on editorial advisory boards for four international journals and as a regular or occasional peer reviewer for several others. In 2014, he was appointed inaugural general editor of the Bilingual Processing and Acquisition scholarly book series (John Benjamins Publishing). Some of his publications have appeared in journals and books such as: Bilingualism: Language and Cognition (Cambridge University Press); Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education: An International Journal (Routledge); Language Learning (Wiley-Blackwell); Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism (John Benjamins Publishing); The Mental Lexicon (John Benjamins Publishing); Readings in Language Studies (International Society for Language Studies); and Reports and Studies in Education, Humanities, and Theology (University of Eastern Finland Press).

Dr. Schwieter's books include:

  • The Cambridge handbook of bilingual processing. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming.
  • Psycholinguistic and cognitive inquiries into translation and interpreting (with A. Ferreira). Philadelphia/Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing, Forthcoming. 
  • The development of translation competence: Theories and methodologies from psycholinguistics and cognitive science (with A. Ferreira). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014.
  • Innovative research and practices in second language acquisition and bilingualism. Philadelphia/Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing, 2013.
  • Studies and global perspectives of second language teaching and learning. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, 2013.
  • Cognition and bilingual speech: Psycholinguistic aspects of language production, processing, and inhibitory control. Saarbrücken, Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing, 2010.

Currently, he is working on a textbook:

  • Introducing linguistics: Exploring a human instinct (with J. Bruhn de Garavito), Under Review. 

Research Areas

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

Teaching Areas (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; SP200*: Study Abroad; SP201: Intermediate Spanish I; SP202: Intermediate Spanish II; SP451: Stylistics and Professional Writing; SP452: Stylistics and Composition II; SP461: Hispanic Linguistics.
  • Courses previously 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.