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John W. Schwieter

Dr. John W. Schwieter

Associate Professor of Spanish and Linguistics

Contact Information
Email: jschwieter@wlu.ca


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

English
Spanish

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: Bilingual/ESL Education

Western Illinois University

 

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Spanish

Minor field: Business administration

Western Illinois University

Biography

 

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 arriving to Laurier, he taught Spanish courses at the Florida State University, Tallahassee Community College, Spoon River College, Western Illinois University, and English-as-a-second-language courses at the University of Guadalajara and the Ahpla Institute in Mexico City. Having visited over 60 countries, he enjoys traveling and leading the annual SP200*: Study Abroad course. 

Research
  • 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 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 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; The Australian Review of Applied Linguistics; The Teachers College Record; and The International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism.

Dr. Schwieter's books include:

  • 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, 2015.
  • 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. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: 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.

His book projects in preparation include:

  • Introducing linguistics: Exploring a human instinct (with J. Bruhn de Garavito). 
  • The cognitive control of multiple languages: Empirical studies and new directions.
Teaching (in Spanish and English)
  • 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.
  • 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.