Hello there,

Welcome to my site. Please have a look around. Click on Blog and keep updated. Also, please feel free to follow. I hope your time here will be both enlightening and entertaining.

My name is Paul, and I recently completed my doctoral studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. I have been actively involved in second language acquisition in one way or another since 1995.

I am interested in how learners can develop their second language ability through speaking. My M.A. thesis explored the learning potential of speaking as it is hypothesized in Swain’ s output hypothesis┬á(1985, 1995, 2005). In my doctoral research, I investigated how corrective feedback on learners’ spoken errors affects development. More specifically, my dissertation investigated what role the timing of the feedback plays in second language development.

Although I am intrigued (sometimes to the point of sleeplessness) by the cognitive processes involved in second language acquisition, I also love relaxing with my wife, Kinuyo, and our cats, gardening, and cheering for the Toronto Maple Leafs.


8 thoughts on “Hello there,

  1. Hi Paul, I’m one of your ex student from georgebrown. How are you? I tried to contact you through your e-mail, but I didn’t receive any feedback from you. ­čÖé

    • Hi Vincent,

      Nice to hear from you. I am sorry it has taken me a while to reply, but I have been very busy with my school work, and I haven’t checked my George Brown e-mail address for some time. You can contact me through my UofT address though (paul.quinn@utoronto.ca). Hope this finds you well.


  2. Hi Paul,
    I truly congratulate you for having such an impressive resume. Also, I love you for your stylish site and your courtesy. In effect, I believe that an academic student should behave professionally like you, as far as I surf the net for gaining enough info regarding graduate students from Toronto university I did not see them as available as you are, so again I appreciate your sense of cooperation and I will be my great pleasure to be in touch with you.
    Ali Soyoof

    • Hi Ali,

      I hope the information that I sent along in response to your e-mail was helpful. Please feel free to contact me again through e-mail if you need further clarification or have other questions.

      Hope this finds you well.


  3. Hi Paul,

    my name is Emilie, I live in Fukuoka. You gave me advice a few years ago on the application procedure for graduate studies at UofT. It was very insightful. I would like to thank you again for taking the time to help me, and also let you know that I was accepted this year and I’ll be starting a PhD at OISE in January 2014 with Professor Piccardo as my advisor.

    Thank you so much for supporting a budding researcher!

    I really like your blog, I think it’s a great idea to share information and review what you’ve learned! As always, your work is very inspiring! I’m not sure if you’re all done as of today, but if so, congratulations on finishing your PhD this year! I wonder what you plan on doing afterwards. Will you return to Kumamoto?

    Best of luck with your future endeavours, and I hope to keep in touch!


    • Hi Emilie,

      Congratulations! It’s excellent to hear that you were accepted into the program. I am happy that you found my advice helpful. Please feel free to send any questions you have about the program to paul.quinn@utoronto.ca.

      As for me, I am as busy as can be! Unfortunately, these days I have no time for blogging. My oral defense is quickly approaching. I am working for the Spada research group as well as acting as a teaching assistant for Dr. Spada for an introductory course on second language acquisition we are providing to 75 teacher candidates at the University of Toronto. I am also working as a sessional instructor, teaching at Centennial College, in the English Language Learning Program of the School of Advancement. I have a few manuscripts that I need to complete and publish. Finally, I am keeping my eyes open for university positions teaching TESL and/or SLA in Canada or abroad.

      Hope this finds you well.


  4. Hi Paul,

    My wife is planning to attend language and literacies in Education at U of T this coming up year. I found your contact information at the U of T Graduate Student Profiles page.

    Can I ask you some short questions about the program?

    We can correspond via email (gatorade722@gmail.com) or on Facebook as you wish. I hope to hear from you soon! Thanks!!

    – Ray

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