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Linguistics
Jeff Connor-Linton
Donna Lardiere
Alison Mackey John Norris
Lourdes OrtegaAndrea Tyler

  German
Heidi Byrnes
  Spanish & Portuguese
Ron Leow
Cristina Sanz
  East Asian Languages & Cultures
Yoshiko Mori
  Psychology
Darlene Howard
 

Neuroscience
Michael Ullman



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Departments & Faculty

 

The faculty at Georgetown University represent an impressive range of approaches to the field of Second Language Acquisition. In addition to being exceptionally active professionally, they are strongly committed to the intellectual and professional development of their students. Through research collaboration and emphasis on the development of teaching skills, SLA faculty prepare their graduate students to be well-balanced teacher-scholars, not only accomplished and adept in both worlds, but able to relate the two.

Notably, Georgetown’s graduate programs in SLA allow students to study and conduct their research under the guidance not only of faculty in the Linguistics Department, but also of SLA

specialists in other departments, including the Departments of German, Spanish and Portuguese, French, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Psychology, and Neuroscience.

Listed in the sidebar, according to department affiliation, are the faculty members in Second Language Acqusition at Georgetown University. Click on a department's name to visit that department's web site. Click on a faculty member's name to read a brief description of research interests. Below, you may click on the names of faculty members to see their official faculty profiles or choose to visit their personal web pages, where applicable.

Department of Linguistics

Dr. Jeff Connor-Linton

Dr. Connor-Linton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics. His research interests include multidimensional analysis of register variation in discourse, language assessment, research design and statistics and cross-cultural communication. He is currently directing a Title VI-funded grant investigating the relation between study abroad and development of oral proficiency in six languages.

Please email him at connorlj@georgetown.edu.

Dr. Donna Lardiere

Dr. Lardiere is a Professor in the Dept. of Linguistics. She is interested in the acquisition of formal aspects of grammar (especially morphology and syntax); ultimate attainment, fossilization, and developmental comparisons between child and adult language acquisition; and the role of linguistic theory in SLA.

Please email her at lardiere@georgetown.edu.

Dr. Alison Mackey

Dr. Mackey is a Professor in the Department of Linguistics. Her major research interests include second language acquisition (in particular, input and interaction), the roles of attention and working memory in second language development, and second language research methodology.

Please email her at mackeya@georgetown.edu or visit her web page for more information.

Dr. John Norris

Dr. Norris is an Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics. His research interests include language pedagogy, language testing, program evaluation, research synthesis and meta-analysis.

Please email him at norrisj@georgetown.edu.

Dr. Lourdes Ortega

Dr. Ortega is a Professor in the Department of Linguistics. Her research interests include second language acquisition, research methodology, L2 writing, foreign language education and bilingualism.

Please email her at lo3@georgetown.edu.

Dr. Andrea Tyler

Dr. Tyler is a Professor in the Department of Linguistics. Her research interests include crosscultural pragmatics and discourse analysis, cognitive linguistics, writing theory and reading theory.

Please email her at tyleran@georgetown.edu or visit her web page for more information.

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Department of German

Dr. Heidi Byrnes

Dr. Byrnes is the George M. Roth Distinguished Professor of German. Her research, scholarship, and teaching focus on adult instructed second language acquisition, particularly at the very advanced level. In her publications she has dealt with acquisitional phenomena in all four modalities (listening, reading, writing, and speaking), from the standpoint of the learner and also from the standpoint of instructional approaches, materials development, and assessment, with a view toward teacher education, and in terms of cross-cultural discourse. In her publications and professional work in numerous organizations she has advocated a shift toward a content-oriented, task-based approach that explicitly targets high levels of literacy in a second (additional) language.

Please email her at byrnesh@georgetown.edu or visit her web page for more information.

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Deparment of Spanish and Portuguese

Dr. Ronald P. Leow

Dr. Leow is a Professor of Spanish Applied Linguistics and Director of Spanish Basic Language Instruction in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. His research interests include teacher education, second language acquisition, psycholinguistics, attention and awareness, technology and second language learning, and reading.

Please email him at leowr@georgetown.edu.

Dr. Cristina Sanz

Dr. Sanz is an Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and associated faculty in the Department of Linguistics. She directs the Spanish Intensive Language Program, is responsible for the Catalan Lectureship, and serves as the co-director of the Center for the Brain Basis of Cognition (CBBC). Her research interests include the role of experience in the acquisition of non-primary languages and factors predicting successful third language acquisition by bilinguals (e.g., cognitive capacity, degree, and type of bilingualism). She performs computer-assisted research on explicitness in the input, in processing, and in knowledge.

Please email her at sanzc@georgetown.edu or visit her web page for more information.

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Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures

Dr. Yoshiko Mori

Dr. Mori is an Associate Professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Director of Japanese Language Instruction. Her research interests are in second language acquisition and instruction from a psycholinguistic perspective. She is particularly interested in issues related to second language reading and learner perception, especially in the acquisition of kanji (i.e., characters borrowed from Chinese into Japanese). Her research focuses on the effects of first language on kanji recognition, kanji learning strategies, and the role of metalinguistic and/or metacognitive awareness in language learning. She is currently investigating individual differences in vocabulary learning strategies.

Please email her at moriy@georgetown.edu or visit her web page for more information.

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Department of Psychology

Dr. Darlene Howard

Dr. Howard is a Professor in the Department of Psychology, Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Cognitive Science, and Co-Director of the Graduate Program in Developmental Science. Her research investigates which cognitive and neural systems decline, and which are spared, in the course of aging. Her current work focuses on implicit forms of learning and memory, i.e., those occurring without conscious awareness or intention.

Please email her at howardd@georgetown.edu or visit her web page for more information.

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Department of Neuroscience

Dr. Michael T. Ullman (also associated with the Departments of Linguistics, Psychology, and Neurology)

Dr. Ullman is a Professor in the Department of Neuroscience, Director of the Brain and Language Laboratory, and Co-Director of the Center for the Brain Basis of Cognition. His research focuses on the neural and psychological bases of language and the relation between language, memory and motor functions. He works with developmental disorders (including developmental language and reading impairments, autism, Tourette syndrome, Williams syndrome and ADHD) and acquired brain diseases (including aphasia, amnesia, and Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases). He uses behavorial as well as neuroimaging techniques (primarily EEG/ERPs and fMRI).

Please email him at michael@georgetown.edu or visit his web page for more information.

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Last updated Thursday, October 24, 2012

 
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