Dr. John W. Schwieter is Professor of Spanish and Linguistics and cross-appointed to the Department of Psychology. He is Director of the Language Acquisition, Multilingualism, and Cognition Laboratory and Bilingualism Matters @ Laurier.
Dr. Schwieter received a PhD from the Florida State University, an MBA from the University of Wisconsin MBA Consortium, and an MSEd and BA from Western Illinois University.
Dr. Schwieter is interested in how humans learn and process more than one language and how this affects general cognition and executive functioning. In his Language Acquisition, Multilingualism, and Cognition Laboratory, psychological/behavioural experiments are conducted to better understand language acquisition and how two or more languages function and interact 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 for outstanding or superior performance in teaching, research, and/or service on several occasions.
For a list of books, articles, and chapters published, visit the Language Acquisition, Multilingualism, and Cognition Laboratory
In Linguistics (LL) and Spanish (SP):
In Psychology (PS):
Office location: P303, Frank C. Peters Building
Office hours: By appointment.
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
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