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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
January 26, 2015
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Dr. John W. Schwieter

Associate Professor of Spanish and Linguistics

Contact Information

Office Location: 411 Bricker Academic Building
Office Hours: By Appointment
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: University organizational leadership and project management

University of Wisconsin MBA Consortium


Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

Field: Language, culture, and eduation

Specialization: Bilingual/English as a Second Language Education

Western Illinois University


Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Spanish

Minor field: Business administration

Western Illinois University


Dr. John W. Schwieter is an Associate Professor of Spanish and Linguistics and a Faculty of Arts Teaching Scholar in the Department of Languages and Literatures at Wilfrid Laurier University. He is also an Associate Member of the Centre for Applied Research and Outreach in Language Education at the University of Greenwich in London, UK. Before joining WLU, he taught in the United States at the Florida State University, Tallahassee Community College, Spoon River College, and Western Illinois University and in Mexico at the University of Guadalajara and the Ahpla Institute of Mexico City. Having visited over 65 countries, he enjoys traveling and leading the annual SP200*: Study Abroad course. 

Research and Laboratory

Dr. Schwieter is the Director of The Psycholinguistics & Language Acquisition Laboratory, a collaborative research enterprise which seeks to investigate language from cognitive and sociocultural perspectives. The research conducted in the lab has explored issues related to bilingualism and multilingualism, language acquisition, language teaching and learning, and translation processes. Dr. Schwieter is also the founding general editor of the Bilingual Processing and Acquisition book series (John Benjamins Publishing) and he serves on editorial advisory boards for four journals and as a regular or occasional peer reviewer for several others. His studies have appeared in international books and journals and one of his recent articles was ranked among the most cited in the flagship journal Bilingualism: Language and Cognition (Cambridge University Press).

Dr. Schwieter's books can be found on his Amazon Author Page and are listed below:

  • Introducing linguistics: Theoretical and applied approaches (with J. Bruhn de Garavito). Toronto: Oxford University Press, Under Contract.
  • Cognitive control and consequences of the multilingual mind. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins publishing, Under Contract.
  • 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. 
Teaching (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; 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; SP467: Linguistic and cultural shaping of Spain.
  • Courses 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.