Department of Spanish and Portuguese
I have pursued a research program that looks at the individual variables and pedagogical conditions that affect language development in multilinguals. With time, my research has evolved into an inter-disciplinary research program that focuses on multiple interactions among those factors, bridging the fields of bilingualism and classroom second language acquisition. Some of the questions that I am interested in answering fall within traditional studies on bilingualism: Does bilingualism affect cognition? If so, what is the role of access to bilingual education -biliteracy? Others fall squarely within the domain of second language acquisition research: Does teaching grammar help? Other questions bridge both fields: Why do bilinguals learning a third language 'shine' in the absence of grammar instruction? Does bilingualism enhance aptitude, working memory capacity, motivation, or learning strategy use for use in L3 learning?