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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
October 13, 2015
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Dr. John W. Schwieter

Associate Professor of Spanish and Linguistics; Visiting Professor of Applied Linguistics (University of Greenwich, London, UK)

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Office Location: 411 Bricker Academic Building
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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. Before joining Wilfrid Laurier University, 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 SP288*: Study Abroad course.

He is also a Visiting Professor of Applied Linguistics in the Centre for Applied Research and Outreach in Language Education (CAROLE) at the University of Greenwich in London, UK. CAROLE is one of the most extensive research centres in second language studies in the world consisting of over 100 associate members. In this capacity, he periodically travels to and resides in the centre where he works with colleagues in second and third language acquisition, delivers public lectures, and supervises graduate student research projects. For more information, read International experts join language research centre at Greenwich.

Dr. Schwieter holds a PhD in Spanish Language and Linguistics (Florida State University), MBA in University Organizational Leadership and Project Management (University of Wisconsin), MSEd in Language, Culture, and Education (Western Illinois University), and a BA in Spanish (Western Illinois University).


Dr. Schwieter's research focuses on cognitive and sociocultural perspectives of bilingualism/multilingualism, language acquisition, language teaching and learning, and translation processes. He is the founding general editor of the Bilingual Processing and Acquisition book series (John Benjamins Publishing) and he serves on editorial advisory boards for five international journals and as a regular or occasional peer reviewer for several others. One of his recent articles was ranked among the most cited studies in the flagship journal Bilingualism: Language and Cognition (Cambridge University Press).

His 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, Canada: Oxford University Press, Under Contract.
  • The handbook of translation and cognition (with A. Ferreira). Malden, MA/Oxford, England: Wiley-Blackwell, Under Contract.
  • Cognitive control and consequences in the multilingual mind. Amsterdam, The Netherlands/Philadelphia, PA: Benjamins, Under Contract.
  • The Cambridge handbook of bilingual processing. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 2015.
  • Psycholinguistic and cognitive inquiries into translation and interpreting (with A. Ferreira). Amsterdam, The Netherlands/Philadelphia, PA: Benjamins, 2015.
  • The development of translation competence: Theories and methodologies from psycholinguistics and cognitive science (with A. Ferreira). Newcastle, England: Cambridge Scholars, 2014.
  • Innovative research and practices in second language acquisition and bilingualism. Amsterdam, The Netherlands/Philadelphia, PA: Benjamins , 2013.
  • Studies and global perspectives of second language teaching and learning. Charlotte, NC: Information Age, 2013.
  • Cognition and bilingual speech: Psycholinguistic aspects of language production, processing, and inhibitory control. Saarbrücken, Germany: Lambert Academic, 2010. 
Teaching (in English and Spanish)
  • Courses taught at WLU: LL223: Theoretical Linguistics; LL323: Applied Linguistics; SP101: Introduction to Spanish I; SP288*: 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.