dhr. prof. dr. J.H. (Jan) Hulstijn

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
  • Spuistraat  210
    1012 VT  Amsterdam
    Kamernummer: 415
  • J.H.Hulstijn@uva.nl

Professor of Second Language Acquisition  



A list of all publications can be downloaded from the top right-hand corner of this page.

Is the second language acquisition discipline disintegrating? This article, published in 2013 in Language Teaching (Cambridge University Press), DOI: 10.1017/S0261444811000620, can be downloaded from the top right-hand corner of this page.

Hulstijn, J. H., Young, R.F., Ortega, L., Bigelow, M., DeKeyser, R., Ellis, N.C., Lantolf, J.P., Mackey, A., & Talmy, S. (2014). Bridging the gap: Cognitive and social approaches to research in second language learning and teaching. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 36, 361-421. Doi:10.1017/S0272263114000035

Many of my publications can be downloaded, free of charge, from: http://dare.uva.nl/. Search for 'Hulstijn' as author.

Recent and upcoming publications


Hulstijn, J.H. Language proficiency in native and non-native speakers: Theory and research. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publication Company (published in February 2015).

Hulstijn, J.H. (in press). Explaining phenomena of first and second language acquisition with the constructs of implicit and explicit learning: The virtues and pitfalls of a two-system theory. In P. Rebuschat (Ed.), Implicit and explicit learning of languages. Amsterdam: Benjamins.

De Jong, N.H., Groenhout, R., Schoonen, R., & Hulstijn, J.H. (2015). L2 fluency: speaking style or proficiency? Correcting measures of L2 fluency for L1 behavior. Applied Psycholinguistics, 36,223-243.

Olsthoorn, N.M., Andringa, S.J., & Hulstijn, J.H. (2014). Visual and auditory digit-span performance in native and nonnative speakers. International Journal of Bilingualism, 66, 663-673. DOI: 10.1177/1367006912466314.

Trapman, M., van Gelderen, A., van Steensel, R., van Schooten, E., & Hulstijn, J. (2014). Linguistic knowledge, fluency and metacognitive knowledge as components of reading comprehension in adolescent low achievers: differences between monolinguals and bilinguals. Journal of Research in Reading,37, Special Issue, S3-S21. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9817.2012.01539.x



Research topics

1. The construct of language proficiency in terms of (1) basic and higher language cognition, and (2) core and periphery. A summary of my theory can be downloaded (see the upper right side of this page).

2. Explicit versus implicit accounts of L2 learning and L2 instruction. Symbolist versus connectionist accounts of the representation of L2 knowledge.

3. Incidental and intentional L2 vocabulary learning. Effects of the quality and quantity of the processing of lexical information.

Projects, funded by the Netherlands Organisation of Scientific Research(NWO)

Towards a theory of second-language proficiency: The case of segmenting and comprehending oral language, 2007-2012 (NWO grant 360-70-230)

Literacy-related attributes of at-risk students in grades 7-9, 2007-2012 (NWO grant 411-06-503)

Unraveling second language proficiency, 2004-2010 (NWO grant 254-70-030)

Transfer of higher-order  processes and skills in reading and writing in Dutch and English,1997-2001 (NWO grant 575-36-001)

Learning and automatization of a second language, 1999-2003 (NWO grant 575-21-009)

Transfer van talenonderwijs, 1991-1994 (SVO grant 0374).

Reading in two languages, 1988-1992 (NWO grant 300-167-010)

Dutch sentence comprehension by adult non-native listeners, 1986-1990 (NWO grant 300-167-007).

Research associate at the Modern Language Centre of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE),Toronto, Canada, 1982-1983 (ZWO grant).


Informatie voor niet-wetenschappers









  • N.H. de Jong, M. Steinel, A.F. Florijn, R. Schoonen & J.H. Hulstijn (2008). The effect of task complexity on fluency and functional adequacy of speaking performance. In S. van Daele, A. Housen, M. Pierrard, F. Kuiken & I. Vedder (Eds.), Complexity, accuracy and fluency in second language use, learning and teaching (Contacforum) (pp. 53-63). Brussel: Koninklijke Vlaamse Academie van België voor Wetenschappen en Kunsten.






  • J.H. Hulstijn (2009). Vreemde talen leren over vijftig jaar. In R. de Graaff & D. Tuin (Eds.), De toekomst van het talenonderwijs: Nodig? Anders? Beter? (pp. 95-102) Enschede: NaB-MVT [etc.].[go to publisher's site]
  • J.H. Hulstijn (2009). Van audio-linguale methode tot Europees Referentiekader. In J.H. Hulstijn (Ed.), Kijk op leermiddelen: lezingen gehouden op 27 november 2009 tijdens het afscheidssymposium voor Marijke Huizinga (pp. 1-9). Amsterdam: Vrije Universiteit, Afdeling Nederlands Tweede Taal.
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