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About Peter Robinson

Peter Robinson, born in London, England, was educated at the University of Wales, Cardiff (B.A. in Modern English Linguistics and Literature); the University of Nottingham (P.G.C.E. in English Education); the University of London, Institute of Education (M.A. in Applied Linguistics); and the University of Hawai’i (Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition). He also holds an R.S.A. Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, and an R.S.A. Diploma in Teaching English for Specific Purposes. His research interests lie in the following areas: attention and awareness during instructed language learning; the psycholinguistics of L2 conceptualisation and speech production; SLA-relevant replications of basic research in cognitive science; the effects of task complexity and task sequencing on L2 learning and performance; usage-based learning in SLA; implicit and explicit modes of L2 learning; aptitude, individual differences in cognitive abilities, and the issue of matching learners to appropriate learning conditions; task-based second language syllabus design. Three hypotheses he has put forward that relate these areas are the Cognition Hypothesis, the Fundamental Similarity Hypothesis, and the Aptitude Complex/Ability Differentiation Hypothesis. Below are links and references to papers and books of his motivating these hypotheses and/or empirically exploring the predictions made by each.

Currently Peter Robinson is Professor of Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition in the Department of English at Aoyama Gakuin University, Shibuya, Tokyo, where he teaches courses on Psycholinguistics and Second Language Acquisition, and supervises graduate and visiting scholar research.


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Aoyama Gakuin University,
Department of English,
4-4-25 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku,
Tokyo 150-8366, Japan


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