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Teresa Cadierno

Chair of Humanities
Department of Language and Culture


Ph.D. Teresa Cadierno is Professor of Second Language Acquisition at the Department of Language and Communication at SDU.

After receiving her Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA) in 1992, Professor Teresa Cadierno worked at the University of Aarhus (1992-1996) as foreign lector and assistant professor of Spanish. From 1996 onwards she has been employed at the University of Southern Denmark, first as associate professor of Spanish, and since 2012 as professor of second language acquisition. From 2009 to 2017 she was the leader of the Second Language Research Center (SELC) and since 2017 she has been the leader of the Center for Language Learning.

Professor Teresa Cadierno has received several research prizes, both at the international and national level, and she has participated in numerous research projects (both as PI and member) funded by international and Danish funding bodies such as NordForsk, Marie Curie Multi-Partner ITN, the Velux Foundation and the Danish Council for Independent Research.

Her research falls within the fields of second language acquisition, bilingualism and foreign language pedagogy. Specifically, her main research interests include instructed second language acquisition and foreign language pedagogy, with special focus on L2 input processing and the role of formal instruction in adult L2 acquisition; linguistic relativity, i.e., how the language that we speak may influence our (linguistic) cognition, in relation to the process of learning foreign languages; child second language acquisition, with special focus on examining the role of starting age and a range of internal and external factors in the acquisition of English by Danish primary school children; and the interplay between informal and formal language learning.

For more information about Professor Teresa Cadierno, please refer to the SDU Research Portal.