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Dan Dewey

Department Chair, Linguistics
Linguistics

4067 JFSB
Provo, UT 84602

Biography

COMMONLY TAUGHT COURSES

Ling 640, Language Acquisition; Ling 660, Language Testing; Ling 670, Reading, Writing and Vocabulary Teaching; SLaT 602, Linguistics for Language Teachers; SLaT 603, Conducting Research in Second Language Teaching; Elang 223, Introduction to the English Language; Ling 335, Pragmatics; Ling 495, Senior Capstone in Linguistics; Japanese 201, Second-Year Japanese; Japanese 326, Contrastive Analysis (Japanese and English)

BIOGRAPHY

I am primarily interested in language learning that takes place outside of the classroom (i.e., informal learning). My research has focused on untutored learning by second language learners living and studying abroad. I try to determine factors that contribute to informal language use and acquisition with the goals of providing guidance for students and language programs and of supporting sound policy planning.  I am also interested in motivation, emotion, and affect and second language acquisition and in physiological and psychological responses to being immersed in a second language abroad.  Finally, I am interested in the role of social networking and social support in the transition abroad and in second language acquisition.  I also conduct collaborative research at the BYU English Language Center (https://elc.byu.edu/home/) and with the BYU Center for Language Studies (http://cls.byu.edu/) on teaching and testing second languages.

Google Scholar Profile: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=GZbX20kAAAAJ&hl=en

ResearchGate Profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Dan_Dewey?ev=hdr_xprf

DEGREES

PhD, Second Language Acquisition, Carnegie Mellon University
M.A., Language Acquisition (Japanese), Brigham Young University
B.A., Japanese, Brigham Young University

INTERESTS

  • Second Language Acquisition and Teaching
  • Motivation in Language Acquisition and Teaching
  • Social Networks and Language Acquisition
  • Language Testing
  • Study abroad and Experiential Learning
  • Interplay between Cognitive, Linguistic, Psychological and Physiological Factors during SLA

Research Interests

Dan Dewey's research has focused primarily on how people use and acquire a second language outside of the classroom (study abroad, foreign language housing, computer-assisted learning, etc.). He focuses on the social, psychological, cognitive and neurological variables that influence language acquisition. His most recent scholarship has focused on self-regulation, positive psychology, grit and perseverance. He has also begun using functional neuroimaging (fNIRS) to understand how language is processed and stored and how speaking additional languages affects our brains. Specifically, he is interested in how social working memory (measured via fNIRS) is involved in second language acquisition.

Teaching Interests

Research-related: first and second language acquisition, pragmatics and nonverbal communication, and neurolinguistics.

Hobby-related: history of the book

Courses Taught

Publications

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