Swathi Vanniarajan – Project Director PALEEP


Dr. Swathi Vanniarajan, Professor of Psycholinguistics and Chair of the Department of Linguistics and Language Development at SJSU, was born in India and had his education in India, Canada and the USA. He has taught applied linguistics in India, Canada, Singapore, and the USA. He specializes in language acquisition and language testing.

Dr. Vanniarajan teaches graduate classes in second language acquisition and curriculum & assessment in TESOL, undergraduate classes in psycholinguistics and second language development, and service courses in writing for the department. He was the co-ordinator of the MA TESOL program from 1997 to 2007. He prefers to guide students in the areas of second language acquisition, psycholinguistics, issues related to heritage language and culture maintenance, and language assessment for their theses.

Dr. Vanniarajan has a passion for reading about as well as working on issues related to the human brain and human memory and their roles in language processing.



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