Dr. John W. Schwieter is Professor of Spanish and Linguistics and Director of the Language Acquisition, Multilingualism, and Cognition Laboratory and Bilingualism Matters @ Laurier.
Dr. Schwieter is interested in how humans learn and process more than one language. In his Language Acquisition, Multilingualism, and Cognition Laboratory, experiments measuring language development are conducted to better understand language acquisition and how multiple languages are accommodated in one mind.
He is the founding Executive Editor of Bilingual Processing and Acquisition (John Benjamins Publishing), founding Editor of Cambridge Elements in Second Language Acquisition (Cambridge University Press), and serves on several editorial advisory boards.
Involvement in Funded Projects
Principal Investigator of Bilingualism Matters in the Waterloo Region and Canada, funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Partnership Development Grant, 2019-2022, $199,678.
Co-Principal Investigator (with Alexandra Gottardo as Co-Principal Investigator) of Language experience and linguistic skills among multilinguals in higher education, funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Development Grant, 2018-2020, $74,990.
Dr. Schwieter is a recipient of the Faculty of Arts Teaching Scholar Award, which is presented to one faculty member per year in recognition of his/her explicit and creative integration of scholarly research and teaching.
He has also received University Merit Awards on several occasions. Each year, merit is awarded to 10-15% of faculty members for outstanding or superior performance in teaching, research, and/or service. Since his appointment at Laurier in 2007, Dr. Schwieter has received merit in 2009, 2011, 2012, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.
For a list of books, articles, and chapters published, visit the Language Acquisition, Multilingualism, and Cognition Laboratory
Dr. Schwieter has instructed the following courses in linguistics (LL) and Spanish (SP):
Office location: P303, Frank C. Peters Building
Office hours: By appointment.
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
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