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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

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Name: H.  Catherine Walter (IPA: kæθrin wɔ:ltə)
Institution: University of Oxford
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Homepage: http://www.education.ox.ac.uk:80/people/academics/index.php?id=106
State and/or Country: United Kingdom   
Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Cognitive Science
Subject Language(s): English
Selected Publications: Phonology in L2 reading: not an optional extra. Walter, C. (2008). TESOL Quarterly, 42(3), 455-474.

First -to second-language reading comprehension: not transfer, but access. Walter, C. (2007). International Journal of Applied Linguistics 17/1: 14-37.

Transfer of reading comprehension skills to L2 is linked to mental representations of text and to L2 working memory. Walter, C. (2004). Applied Linguistics 25/3:315-339.

The Good Grammar Book. Swan, M. and Walter, C. (2001). Oxford: Oxford University Press

How English Works: A Grammar Practice Book. Swan, M. and Walter, C. (1997). Oxford: Oxford University Press. Winner of the English-Speaking Union Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Courses Taught: MSc in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition

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