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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
April 25, 2014
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Dr. John W. Schwieter

Associate Professor of Spanish and Linguistics (on sabbatical leave: July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014)

Contact Information

Office Location: 411 Bricker Academic Building
Office Hours: On sabbatical leave: July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014
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


***Please note that Dr. Schwieter is on sabbatical research leave: July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014***

Dr. John W. Schwieter joined the Department of Languages and Literatures at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2007 as an assistant professor of Spanish and linguistics and was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2011. He has served as Undergraduate Officer in the Department, Faculty Senator in the University Senate, and Faculty Mentor for the Laurier Arts Scholars. Dr. Schwieter is the director of the Psycholinguistics & Language Acquisition Research Laboratory and a Faculty of Arts Teaching Scholar, an award given to one professor per year who displays an "explicit and creative integration of the professionís twin functions of scholarly research and teaching." Prior to arriving to Laurier, he taught at the Florida State University, Tallahassee Community College, Spoon River College, and Western Illinois University. Having visited over 50 countries, he enjoys traveling and leading the annual SP200*: Study Abroad immersion course. 

Broadly speaking, Dr. Schwieter's research investigates language from cognitive and psycholinguistic perspectives. He is particularly interested in issues related to bilingualism/multilingualism, non-native language acquisition, language teaching and learning, and translation processes. Dr. Schwieter is the general editor of the Bilingual Processing and Acquisition scholarly book series (John Benjamins Publishing) and he has authored and edited several books including: Cognition and bilingual speech: Psycholinguistic aspects of language production, processing, and inhibitory control (2010, Lambert Academic Publishing); Studies and global perspectives of second language teaching and learning (2013, Information Age Publishing); Innovative research and practices in second language acquisition and bilingualism (2013, John Benjamins Publishing); The development of translation competence: Theories and methodologies from psycholinguistics and cognitive science (2014, Cambridge Scholars Publishing); and The Cambridge handbook of bilingual processing (Forthcoming, Cambridge University Press). Two other book projects on which Dr. Schwieter is currently working include: Psycholinguistic and cognitive inquiries in translation and interpreting studies (Under Review); and Introducing linguistics: Theoretical and applied approaches (In Preparation). Some of his other publications have appeared in international venues 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); and Readings in Language Studies (International Society for Language Studies).

Research Areas

  • Psycholinguistic approaches to non-native 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; 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.

Editorship, Editorial Advisory Board Membership, and Service as a Peer-Reviewer

  • General Editor of the Bilingual Processing and Acquisition scholarly book series (John Benjamins Publishing)
  • Senior Associate Editor for the International Journal of Applied Linguistics and English Literature (Australian International Academic Centre)
  • Editorial Board Member for The Mental Lexicon (John Benjamins Publishing)
  • Editorial Board Member for Study in English Language Teaching (Scholink Publishing)
  • Editorial Board Member for Theory and Practice in Language Studies (Academy Publisher)
  • Regular Reviewer for Studies in Second Language Acquisition (Cambridge University Press)
  • Occasional Reviewer for: Applied Linguistics (Oxford University Press); Asian Journal of English Language Teaching (Chinese University Press); International Journal of Bilingualism (Sage); International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism (Routledge); Language Learning (Wiley-Blackwell); Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism (John Benjamins Publishing); and The Mental Lexicon (John Benjamins Publishing)