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December 4, 2016
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Dr. Schwieter publishes book “Innovative research and practices in second language acquisition and bilingualism”

May 27/13

Dr. John W. Schwieter, associate professor of Spanish and linguistics, has edited the book, Innovative research and practices in second language acquisition and bilingualism (2013) which has been published by John Benjamins, one of the top scholarly presses in language and linguistics. The book is a volume in the Language Learning & Language Teaching series edited by Nina Spada (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education-University of Toronto) and Nelleke Van Deusen-Scholl (Yale University).

The book brings together theoretical perspectives and empirical studies in second language (L2) acquisition and bilingualism and discusses their implications for L2 pedagogy. The book is organized into three sections that focus on prominent linguistic and cognitive theories and together provide a compelling set of state-of-the-art works. Part I consists of studies that give rise to innovative applications for second language teaching and learning and Part II discusses how findings from cognitive research can inform practices for L2 teaching and learning. Following these two sections, Part III provides a summative commentary of the theories explored in the volume along with suggestions for future research directions. The book is intended to act as a valuable reference for scholars, applied linguists, specialists in pedagogy, language educators, and anyone wishing to gain an overview of current issues in SLA and bilingualism.

For more information about this book and other forthcoming books and articles by Dr. Schwieter, please visit the Psycholinguistics and Language Acquisition Laboratory website: and click on “research publications”.

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