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Feb. 26, 2015

The Centre for Applied Research and Outreach in Language Education (CAROLE) at the University of Greenwich in London, UK has invited Laurier Professor John W. Schwieter to join its research facility as a Visiting Professor of Applied Linguistics. Schwieter will maintain his primary appointment at Laurier, but will travel to and reside in CAROLE on recurring occasions during 2015-2018. Professor Bill VanPatten from Michigan State University will join Schwieter as a visiting professor.

CAROLE consists of a cohort of over 100 associate members and is one of the largest and most extensive research networks in second language studies in the world. In addition to offering high-quality undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs, the CAROLE serves as an international, cross-disciplinary research hub in applied linguistics.

Schwieter is an associate professor of Spanish and linguistics and Faculty of Arts Teaching Scholar at Wilfrid Laurier University. He has authored or edited 6 books and 25 articles and book chapters. He also has two books and several studies forthcoming. Schwieter’s research areas include psycholinguistic perspectives of second and third language acquisition, the developing lexical-conceptual system, the cognitive control of multiple languages in one mind, language teaching and learning, and translation processes.

“[VanPatten and Schwieter] are leading scholars in their field and they will be a great asset for CAROLE. We are quickly establishing a reputation for exciting new research and enterprise partnerships both in the UK and abroad,” stated Alessandro Benati, professor of Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition and director of CAROLE in the University of Greenwich press release.

Michael Carroll, Laurier's dean of Arts, said that the visiting professorship “is clearly evidence of the regard in which Professor Schwieter is held in this area.”

While in residence, the visiting professors will lead and conduct work on issues related to CAROLE’s scholarly mission, deliver public lectures as needed, and supervise postgraduate student and undertake research management in the centre’s state-of-the-art Language Acquisition Laboratory.

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