My first experience teaching at AUP was in 1989 in a classroom in the Mona Bismarck Foundation, Av. de New York equipped with a bathtub. It was the classic AUP experience! I left Paris the following year, but returned to AUP on a full-time basis in 1992 and have been teaching here ever since.

I pursued my doctorate at the Université Paris 8 in Sciences du Langage (Linguistics), with a specialization in adult second language acquisition. My research focuses on the role that a learner’s linguistic environment (foreign language input) plays in the acquisition process, as described in my book Foreign Language Input: Initial Processing (Multilingual Matters, 2008). I work in collaboration with an interdisciplinary research team Langage, Cognition et Développement comprised of university faculty and CNRS researchers. With other members of this group and researchers in other French and European institutions, we submitted a grant proposal in April to the European Open Research Area in the Social Sciences and just recently received the news that 550,000€ in funding has been approved for the period July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2014. The project, entitled Varieties of Initial Learners in Language Acquisition: Controlled classroom input and elementary forms of linguistic organisation, will be officially coordinated by faculty members at three European universities: Université Paris 8, France; Osnabruck University, Germany; Radboud University, The Netherlands. The steering committee comprises the three faculty members from the above institutions, myself representing AUP, and a faculty member from Cambridge University, UK.

The project will investigate the first stages of foreign language acquisition. The language chosen is Polish, and we will study how native speakers of French, German, English and Dutch go about breaking into the foreign language speech stream and making sense of what they hear.

Given that the language of instruction is Polish (and that I speak very little Polish), I’ll be looking for AUP students, staff and faculty who speak Polish to get involved if you’re interested. AUP student Kate Ropska helped with translations and data analyses for our pilot project fall semester. Thanks Kate!

I am also interested in questions concerning endangered languages in today’s global world. I developed a new course in Fall 2010 within the English writing sequence entitled Intensive Writing: Languages of the World. For more information on this and language acquisition research in general, see the Languages Across Disciplines web site

In addition to English writing courses and an advanced English Grammar Review course, I also teach Psycholinguistics in collaboration with the Psychology Department and an EnglishBridge course entitled Language Acquisition and Social Policy. I am currently developing an Introduction to Linguistics course with Anne-Marie Picard, designed as a core course for the new major in French Language and Culture. My official AUP web-page is here.