About

The Backseat Linguist is my personal project. I am Jeff McQuillan, a former university professor of applied linguistics and education, and now a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Educational Development in Los Angeles, California.  I currently host English as a Second Language Podcast, the most popular language teaching podcast on the Internet, although perhaps not the best.

Some things you may wish to know about The Backseat Linguist, in no particular order:

  • The views expressed here are solely my own.  They do not necessarily represent the views of those at my day job at the Center for Educational Development and English as a Second Language Podcast.
  • The intended audience for this website includes my fellow researchers in second language acquisition (SLA) and language education, interested teachers of second languages and reading, and those individuals who want to learn more about what the current state of research is in the language acquisition world.  A certain amount of knowledge is assumed regarding basic terminology and research practices in the field.
  • The perspective taken in these posts is informed largely by what Stephen Krashen has termed the Comprehension Hypothesis, about which more can be found on Krashen’s website, or any book by Frank Smith or Kenneth Goodman.  I also provide a short summary in my book, The Literacy Crisis (1998).
  • This is a site that will analyze and critique current studies in SLA and at times first-language reading. By “current” I mean anything that I have recently come across, and thus current to my reading, regardless of how long ago it was published. (NB: I am really behind in my reading.)
  • Questions or comments? You can email me: jeff [at] backseatlinguist [dot] com.
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