Peter Robinson

  • ProfessorLinguistics, Second Language Acquisition

Peter Robinson is Professor of Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition. He completed his B.A. at the University of Wales; M.A. at the University of London Institute of Education, and Ph.D at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa. His research and publications address the roles of attention and awareness during implicit, incidental and explicit learning; the measurement of cognitive abilities and the structure of aptitude complexes for learning under different conditions of exposure; task complexity and task sequencing effects on second language production, uptake and interaction.

His books include Cognition and Second Language Instruction (2001) Cambridge University Press; Individual Differences and Instructed language Learning (2002) John Benjamins; the Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition (2008) Routledge; Task-Based Language Learning (2011) Blackwell; Second Language Task Complexity: Researching the Cognition Hypothesis of Language Learning and Performance (2011) John Benjamins; The Routledge Encyclopedia of Second Language Acquisition (2013) Routledge; and Task Sequencing and Instructed Language Learning (2014) Bloomsbury Academic. He is currently editorial board member of Studies in Second Language Acquisition, Cambridge University Press; International Review of Applied Linguistics, DeGruyter; Language Teaching Research, Sage; and editorial associate of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Cambridge University Press. He is editor of the book series, Cognitive Science and Second Language Acquisition, published by Routledge. (You can read details of the book series Peter Robinson edits for Routledge/Taylor & Francis on Cognitive Science and Second Language Acquisition here.)

Peter Robinson has supervised over 20 M.A. and Ph.D. dissertations at Aoyama Gakuin University, as well as M.A. and Ph.D. dissertations at the University of Queensland, and been external supervisor, committee member or examiner for Ph.D.s completed at Monash University, Australia; Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand; City University of Hong Kong, China; Temple University, Japan; University of Western Sydney, Australia; University of Barcelona, Spain; Georgetown University, U.S.A.; University of Amsterdam, Netherlands; and the University of Hawai`i, U.S.A. Peter has been invited visiting graduate school teaching Professor at Temple University Japan, and the University of Toronto, Canada; affiliate graduate faculty member at the University of Hawai`i, U.S.A.; and research associate of the University of Greenwich, U.K., Center for Applied Research and Outreach on Language and Education (CAROLE); and the University of Portsmouth, U.K., Centre for Applied Research and Innovation in Language Sciences (CARILS).

Peter Robinson`s research collaboration and consultancies have often focussed on the measurement and structure of cognitive abilities for language learning under different learning conditions, including the Defense Language Institute project on `Revising the Defense Language Institute Aptitude Battery (DLAB)`, Monterey, California, U.S.A.; and the University of Maryland, Center for the Advanced Study of Language (CASL) project on `Developing measures of aptitude to predict high levels of second language learning`, College Park, Maryland, U.S.A.



You can read about Peter Robinson`s contributions to the fields of Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition in this biographical entry describing his academic work in the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics (download pdf here) published by Wiley-Blackwell.

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