Date of release: Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Two leading international scholars in the field of second language learning and teaching are joining the University ofInternational experts join language research centre at Greenwich Greenwich.

The new appointments will add to the expertise at CAROLE, the Greenwich Centre for Applied Research and Outreach in Language Education. Launched last year, CAROLE specialises in second language acquisition and linguistics, and carries out national and international research projects into the subject.

Professor Bill VanPatten and Professor John Schwieter both join as Visiting Professors. Professor of Second Language Studies and Spanish at Michigan State University, USA, Bill VanPatten has lectured around the world and has published eight books. He is co-editor of the prestigious journal Studies in Second Language Acquisition, published by Cambridge University Press, is an editorial board member of several other journals, and has edited numerous articles and book chapters, including several top-selling language textbooks.

Associate Professor of Spanish and Linguistics and a Faculty of Arts Teaching Scholar at Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada, John Schwieter is also the university's Director of the Psycholinguistics & Language Acquisition Laboratory. He is a renowned expert in the ways in which adult language learners access, process and acquire words, and is widely published. He is the General Editor of the Bilingual Processing and Acquisition book series (John Benjamins Publishing) and has recently edited The Cambridge handbook of bilingual processing (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

Alessandro Benati, Greenwich's Professor of Applied Linguistics & Second Language Studies, says: "Both are leading scholars in their field and they will be a great asset for CAROLE. We are quickly establishing a reputation for exciting new research and enterprise partnerships both in the UK and abroad."

In addition, Dr Florentina Taylor will be joining CAROLE from April as a Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and Teaching English to speakers of other languages. Currently a Lecturer in Language Education at the University of York, she has more than 20 years' teaching and lecturing experience in TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language) and related areas.

Professor Benati adds: "Florentina's research expertise, teaching profile and vast experience will make an excellent contribution and we look forward to adding her expertise to that already on offer."

Part of the university's Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities, the centre also runs a range of courses, programmes and lectures at undergraduate and postgraduate level throughout the year in English (TESOL), Modern Languages and Second Language Studies. It provides British Council-approved English language programmes for international students, Foundation programmes and courses for the wider community.

For more on CAROLE: http://www2.gre.ac.uk/about/faculty/ach/research/centres/carole or see the latest newsletter at http://architecture-computing-humanitites.newsweaver.com/1ozs0w6fzuv19lmjtsives?email=true&a=11&p=48353715

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