Dan P. Dewey

Dan P. Dewey

Associate Chair, Professor, Linguistics

4067 JFSB



Curriculum Vitae

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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)


Link to Vita


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 university students living and studying abroad, international interns, missionaries, and families relocated abroad for work and other purposes. 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 collaborate on research with the BYU Center for Language Studies on teaching and testing second languages based on the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines and the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements.


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

  • 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