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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE


 

PRESIDENT

Email: pilar.safont@uji.es

PILAR SAFONT is Professor in applied linguistics and multilingualism and Vice-rector of languages promotion and equalities at the University Jaume I in Castelló (Spain). Her research focuses on the development of pragmatic competence in learners of English as a third language, the analysis of factors affecting L3 pragmatics and early multilingual pragmatics.  She has carried out various studies on the acquisition and use of specific pragmatic formulas by third language learners of English. She has authored and co-edited a number of volumes on classroom discourse, the acquisition of speech acts, instructional and multilingual pragmatics. She is currently working on the sociopragmatics of academic language development in multilingual learning environments.

 

PAST PRESIDENT

Email: j.dewaele@bbk.ac.uk

JEAN-MARC DEWAELE is Professor of Applied Linguistics and Multilingualism at Birkbeck, University of London. He works on individual differences in psycholinguistic, sociolinguistic, pragmatic, psychological and emotional aspects of Foreign Language Acquisition and Multilingualism.   He is General Editor of the International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism.  He won the Equality and Diversity Research Award from the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy  (2013) and the Robert C. Gardner Award for Excellence in Second Language and Bilingualism Research (2016) from the International Association of Language and Social Psychology. His daughter Livia grew up with three languages from birth.

 

VICE-PRESIDENT

Email: raphael.berthele@unifr.ch

RAPHAEL BERTHELE is Professor in multilingualism at the University of Fribourg/Freiburg (Switzerland). He studied in Fribourg and Tübingen and has held different positions as researcher and academic teacher in Fribourg, Berkeley and Berne. He currently directs the MA programmes in multilingualism studies and in foreign language didactics and co-founded the Fribourg Institute of Multilingualism in 2008. His research interests cover different areas from cognitive to social aspects of multilingualism (semantic and constructional convergence in multilinguals, receptive multilingualism, transfer of literacy skills, language learning aptitude, and language policy).




SECRETARY


Email: simone.pfenninger@sbg.ac.at

SIMONE E. PFENNINGER is Associate Professor at the English Department of the University of Salzburg. Her principal research areas are multilingualism, psycholinguistics and individual differences (e.g. the age factor) in second language acquisition, especially in regard to quantitative approaches and statistical methods and techniques for language application in education. Her work is published in several books, edited volumes and in journals such as Second Language Research and the International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. Recent books include Beyond Age Effects in Instructional L2 Learning: Revisiting the Age Factor (2017, co-authored, Multilingual Matters), The Changing English Language: Psycholinguistic Perspectives (2017, co-edited, CUP), and Future Research Directions for Applied Linguistics (2017, co-edited, Multilingual Matters). She is co-editor of the Second Language Acquisition book series for Multilingual Matters and statistical advisor to the EuroSLA Studies book series.

 

TREASURER

Email: poarch@uni-muenster.de

GREGORY POARCH 

 


MEMBER AT LARGE

Email: a.otwinowska@uw.edu.pl

AGNIESZKA OTWINOWSKA-KASZTELANIC is Associate Professor at the Institute of English Studies, University of Warsaw. Her research involves language education, childhood bilingualism and cross-linguistic issues in multilingualism. She currently coordinates a project entitled "Orthographic similarity of words and learner's meta-awareness in acquiring foreign vocabulary" (financed by the Polish National Science Centre). She is a teacher trainer and an author of several course book series for teaching English in Polish schools. Her recent books include a monograph "Cognate vocabulary in language acquisition and use: Attitudes, awareness, activation" (2015, Multilingual Matters) and a volume "Teaching and learning in multilingual contexts: Sociolinguistic and educational perspectives" (co-edited, 2014, Multilingual Matters). She has co-organised three international conferences, including the 7th Conference on Third Language Acquisition and Multilingualism in 2011.

 


MEMBER AT LARGE

Email: magdala@wa.amu.edu.pl

MAGDALENA WREMBEL is Professor and Head of Studies at the Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. Her main research areas involve third language acquisition, bilingualism and multilingualism, phonetics and phonology, language awareness as well as innovative trends in pronunciation pedagogy. She has published extensively in edited collections and international journals such as Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, International Journal of Multilingualism, Language Awareness or PSiCL; and co-edited two special issues of IJM. Her recent books feature In search of a new perspective: Cross-linguistic influence in the acquisition of third language phonology (2015) and an edited collection Advances in the Investigation of L3 Phonological Acquisition (2018). She has co-organised a number of international conferences and workshops, e.g. New Sounds 2010, EuroSLA 2012, SLE 2014 and L3 Workshop 2017 in Poznań. She has been actively involved in several research grants, including an ongoing Polish-German project “Phonological cross-linguistic influence in young multilinguals”.

 


MEMBER AT LARGE


CO-OPTED MEMBER (2018 IAM Conference)

Email: jorgepinto@letras.ulisboa.pt

JORGE PINTO  is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Lisbon. His main research interests are on foreign languages didactics and on acquisition of Portuguese as a second or a third language. He's also Co-coordinator of the Portuguese Foreign Language courses at the Faculty and Co-director of the Portuguese Language Centre at the Beijing Foreign Studies University

 


MEMBER AT LARGE
CO-OPTED MEMBER (2020 IAM Conference)

Email:  stela.letica@gmail.com

STELA LETICA is Postdoctoral researcher (tenure-tracked) at the English Department, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia.  She  is teaching MA courses on Multilingualism, Bilingualism and Second/Third language acquisition. She has been a collaborator on several  international projects related to psycholinguistic aspects of multilingualism, second / third language acquisition, and methodological and ethical issues in applied linguistics research.




 






Board  Members at large

 


Email: raphael.berthele@unifr.ch

RAPHAEL BERTHELE is Professor of Multilingualism at the Department of Multilingualism at the bilingual University of Fribourg/Freiburg, Switzerland. He is also on the board of directors and a founding member of the Fribourg Institute of Multilingualism. His research interests cover various aspects of multilingual language using and learning, both from a cognitive and a social perspective. His most recent work focuses on the empirical investigation of receptive multilingualism.

 Suzanne Flynn PhD

Email:  sflynn@mit.edu

SUZANNE FLYNN  received her Ph.D. from Cornell University and is Professor of Linguistics and Language Acquisition at MIT. Her research focuses on the acquisition of various aspects of syntax by both children and adults in bilingual, second and third language acquisition contexts. Her work has also focused on the neural representation of the multilingual brain as well as on the phonological and acoustic underpinnings of accent. She is the author/editor of several books as well as the author of many articles published in journals and edited volumes. Most recently, she has begun empirical investigations with children on the autism spectrum and with adults diagnosed with early onset of dementia. She is also the co-editor of the journal Syntax.

 

Email: danuta.gabrys@gmail.com

DANUTA GABRYS-BARKER is a Professor of English at the University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland, where she lectures and supervises M.A. and Ph.D. theses in applied linguistics, psycholinguistics and especially in second language acquisition. She also works as a teacher trainer. Her main areas of interest are multilingualism (especially at the level of mental lexicon and syntax), neurolinguistics and psycholinguistics (modalities, learner profiles and affectivity). As a teacher trainer she lectures on research methods in second language acquisition and TEFL projects. Her major concern is the role of action research in teacher development. Prof Gabryś-Barker has published approximately a hundred articles nationally as well as internationally and a book Aspects of multilingual storage, processing and retrieval, Katowice: University of Silesia Press, 2005. She has edited a volume Morphosyntactic Issues in Second Language Acquisition, Clevedon: Multilingual Matters, 2008. A book Action research in teacher development edited by her was published in 2011 by University of Silesia Press. At the moment her book on Reflectivity in pre-service teacher education is in press and will hopefully come out this year.


Email:hufeisen@spz.tu-darmstadt.de

 BRITTA HUFEISEN is a professor of multilingualism research and applied linguistics at Darmstadt technical university in Germany. Her main research interests are on German as a second foreign language and the writing process in L3. She received her PhD at Kassel university in 1990, held a post-doc position at Kassel university and was an Assistant Professor of German Applied Linguistics at the University of Alberta, Canada, before she returned to Germany, Darmstadt in 1996.

 
Email: mueller-lance@phil.uni-mannheim.de

JOHANNES MÜLLER-LANCE is a professor of linguistics at the Department of Romance Languages at the University of Mannheim (Germany). He holds a degree of High School language teacher (French, Latin) and a PhD of Romance Philology based on a doctoral thesis concerning the development from Latin syntax to modern French. His research interests cover language history, linguistics of the media, and the acquisition of multilingualism. In the last-named field, apart from various articles in journals and edited volumes, he authored Der Wortschatz romanischer Sprachen im Tertiärspracherwerb (2003/2006) and edited, together with Claudia Riehl, Ein Kopf - viele Sprachen (2002). He is an advisory board member of the book series Thema Sprache – Wissenschaft für den Unterricht (editors: Lena Heine & Björn Rothstein) and occasionally advises the education ministries of two German federal states (Baden-Württemberg, Rheinland-Pfalz) with reference to questions concerning language teachers instruction.

 

Board  Members at large

 


Email: raphael.berthele@unifr.ch

RAPHAEL BERTHELE is Professor of Multilingualism at the Department of Multilingualism at the bilingual University of Fribourg/Freiburg, Switzerland. He is also on the board of directors and a founding member of the Fribourg Institute of Multilingualism. His research interests cover various aspects of multilingual language using and learning, both from a cognitive and a social perspective. His most recent work focuses on the empirical investigation of receptive multilingualism.

 Suzanne Flynn PhD

Email:  sflynn@mit.edu

SUZANNE FLYNN  received her Ph.D. from Cornell University and is Professor of Linguistics and Language Acquisition at MIT. Her research focuses on the acquisition of various aspects of syntax by both children and adults in bilingual, second and third language acquisition contexts. Her work has also focused on the neural representation of the multilingual brain as well as on the phonological and acoustic underpinnings of accent. She is the author/editor of several books as well as the author of many articles published in journals and edited volumes. Most recently, she has begun empirical investigations with children on the autism spectrum and with adults diagnosed with early onset of dementia. She is also the co-editor of the journal Syntax.

 

Email: danuta.gabrys@gmail.com

DANUTA GABRYS-BARKER is a Professor of English at the University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland, where she lectures and supervises M.A. and Ph.D. theses in applied linguistics, psycholinguistics and especially in second language acquisition. She also works as a teacher trainer. Her main areas of interest are multilingualism (especially at the level of mental lexicon and syntax), neurolinguistics and psycholinguistics (modalities, learner profiles and affectivity). As a teacher trainer she lectures on research methods in second language acquisition and TEFL projects. Her major concern is the role of action research in teacher development. Prof Gabryś-Barker has published approximately a hundred articles nationally as well as internationally and a book Aspects of multilingual storage, processing and retrieval, Katowice: University of Silesia Press, 2005. She has edited a volume Morphosyntactic Issues in Second Language Acquisition, Clevedon: Multilingual Matters, 2008. A book Action research in teacher development edited by her was published in 2011 by University of Silesia Press. At the moment her book on Reflectivity in pre-service teacher education is in press and will hopefully come out this year.


Email:hufeisen@spz.tu-darmstadt.de

 BRITTA HUFEISEN is a professor of multilingualism research and applied linguistics at Darmstadt technical university in Germany. Her main research interests are on German as a second foreign language and the writing process in L3. She received her PhD at Kassel university in 1990, held a post-doc position at Kassel university and was an Assistant Professor of German Applied Linguistics at the University of Alberta, Canada, before she returned to Germany, Darmstadt in 1996.

 
Email: mueller-lance@phil.uni-mannheim.de

JOHANNES MÜLLER-LANCE is a professor of linguistics at the Department of Romance Languages at the University of Mannheim (Germany). He holds a degree of High School language teacher (French, Latin) and a PhD of Romance Philology based on a doctoral thesis concerning the development from Latin syntax to modern French. His research interests cover language history, linguistics of the media, and the acquisition of multilingualism. In the last-named field, apart from various articles in journals and edited volumes, he authored Der Wortschatz romanischer Sprachen im Tertiärspracherwerb (2003/2006) and edited, together with Claudia Riehl, Ein Kopf - viele Sprachen (2002). He is an advisory board member of the book series Thema Sprache – Wissenschaft für den Unterricht (editors: Lena Heine & Björn Rothstein) and occasionally advises the education ministries of two German federal states (Baden-Württemberg, Rheinland-Pfalz) with reference to questions concerning language teachers instruction.

 

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