Dr. Andrew Cohen

Cohen 400Andrew D. Cohen is Professor Emeritus from the University of Minnesota. He is currently living in Oakland, VA. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural community development with the Aymara Indians on the High Plains of Bolivia (1965-67). He was professor of ESL in the English Department at UCLA (1972-1975), professor of Language Education at the Hebrew University (1975-1991) with a year as Fulbright Lecturer and Researcher at the PUC in São Paulo, Brazil (1986-87), and then assumed a position as professor of second language studies at the University of Minnesota in 1991, until he retired in the Spring of 2013. During his Minnesota years, he was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Hawaii (1996-7) and at Tel Aviv University (1997), and a Visiting Lecturer at Auckland University in New Zealand (2004-5). He co-edited Language learning strategies with Ernesto Macaro (Oxford University Press, 2007), co-authored Teaching and learning pragmatics with Noriko Ishihara (Routledge, 2014, with translations into Japanese and Arabic), and authored the second edition of Strategies in learning and using a second language (Routledge, 2011). His forthcoming book with Multilingual Matters is entitled Learning pragmatics from native and non-native teachers. He has also published many book chapters and journal articles. Copies of most of his papers are available for download on his website: https://z.umn.edu/adcohen.
In retirement, he remains active professionally, presenting at conferences, doing consulting, and writing. For example, Cohen was consultant on a 3½-year research project (2013-2015) in Doha, Qatar to improve the reading strategies in EFL and Arabic L1 of middle-school students reading in science. In addition, he has also written a guide for young language learners, with a companion guide for teachers. He piloted the guide with 5th and 6th-grade Spanish immersion students at a charter school in Forest Lake, MN. For the last five years he has been studying his 13th language, Mandarin, having weekly tandem sessions (Mandarin and English respectively) with three Chinese native speakers, one finishing an M.A. in teaching Chinese at San Francisco State University, another an English professor at Nankai University in China, and the third an architect in Shanghai whose wife is on sabbatical at UC Berkeley for a year.

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