Aline Godfroid (Ph.D. Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, 2010) is an Assistant Professor of Second Language Studies at Michigan State University. She obtained a PhD from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, in Belgium, for her eye-tracking research on the role of attention and awareness (‘noticing’) in incidental L2 vocabulary learning. Dr. Godfroid specialises in cognitive processes in second language acquisition. She teaches courses on L2 psycholinguistics, vocabulary acquisition and advanced research, as well as a general introduction to the field of Second Language Acquisition.
Dr. Godfroid's research focuses on cognitive processes in Second Language Acquisition, notably the role of attention and awareness in second language learning and the extent to which these two mechanisms always go hand in hand during 'noticing' (Schmidt, 1990). The following areas are central to her research:
• Attention, awareness and the 'Noticing Hypothesis'
• Implicit and explicit learning and memory
• Incidental vocabulary acquisition while reading
• Eye tracking and (concurrent or retrospective) verbal reports as tools to measure L2 processing
Ongoing research includes further explorations of the role of attention and awareness in learning (with Jens Schmidtke and Le Anne Spino) and a study about the automatisation of L2 sentence processing (with Hyojung Lim). Dr. Godfroid's longer-term goals are to refine the noticing construct, both at a theoretical level and in terms of how it can be measured empirically.