Dr Robert Woore

Robert is a Research Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at Oxford University Department of Education.

He is a member of the Applied Linguistics and Teaching and Teacher Education research groups.  He teaches on the PGCE, MSc ALSLA, MLT and doctoral programmes and is lead tutor for Modern Languages on the PGCE course.

Robert obtained a first degree in Modern Languages (French & German) from Oxford University, followed by an MPhil in General Linguistics and Comparative Philology, an MSc in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition, an MSc in Educational Research Methods and a DPhil in Applied Linguistics from the same institution. He completed a PGCE in Modern Languages at the University of Sheffield in 1998 and worked as a secondary school teacher of French and German before joining OUDE in 2007.

Robert would welcome informal contacts from prospective doctoral students interested in the following topics:

  • Phonological decoding (print-to-sound conversion) amongst learners with a range of first and second languages, particularly with an emphasis on learning and teaching.
  • The impact of phonological decoding on other aspects of second language learning, such as vocabulary acquisition, reading comprehension, motivation, listening comprehension and speaking.
  • The learning and teaching of second languages in instructed settings, particularly in respect of reading.


  • Macaro, E, Graham, S, Woore, R (2015) Improving foreign language teaching: Towards a research-based curriculum and pedagogy. London: Routledge.

Book chapters

  • Woore, R (2014) “Developing reading and decoding in the modern foreign languages classroom”, In: Debates in Modern Languages Education. 81-95
    DOI: http://doi.org/10.4324/9781315856551

  • Mutton, T, Woore, R (2014) “Designing tasks to promote learning in the foreign language classroom”, In: I Thompson (ed.) Designing tasks in secondary education: Enhancing subject understanding and student engagement. Abingdon: Routledge.

Conference papers

  • Molway, L, Mutton, T, Woore, R (2015) Professional learning through a subject-specific Masters programme: engaging with and in research to develop teachers’ epistemological beliefs and classroom practice. (Queen’s University, Belfast)

  • Woore, R (2010) Developing learner autonomy through strategies. (British Academy, London)

  • Woore, R Decoding, vocabulary learning and vocabulary memorization strategies in beginners’ L2 French. (St. Mary’s University College, Twickenham)

  • Woore, R Decoding, vocabulary learning and vocabulary learning strategies in beginners’ L2 French. (University of Amsterdam) 28-31.

  • Woore, R Decoding L2 French: explicit instruction and beginner learners’ progress. (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland)

  • Woore, R, Molway, L, Mutton, T Using professional enquiry to develop teachers’ epistemological beliefs within a subject-specific MFL Masters level programme. (Queen’s University Belfast)

  • Woore, R Decoding L2 French: explicit instruction and beginner learners’ progress. (University of Oxford, Department of Education)

  • Woore, R ‘Insights into secondary school students’ phonological decoding in L2 French: Effects of word familiarity and interlingual homographs’. (University of Edinburgh)

  • Woore, R ‘Effects of word familiarity and L1-homographic spellings on phonological decoding: The case of English-speaking secondary school students learning French’. (University of Aix-Marseille)

  • Woore, R Decoding L2 French at Key Stage 3: Toward developing learners’ strategies. (Manchester)

Journal articles

  • Woore, R (2018) “Learners’ pronunciations of familiar and unfamiliar French words: what can they tell us about phonological decoding in an L2?”, Language Learning Journal. 46(4) 456-469.
    DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/09571736.2016.1161062

  • Woore, R (2016) “AmandaHoward and HelenDonaghue (eds.) (2015). Teacher evaluation in second language education. London, New York: Bloomsbury, xii + 220 pages, Hbk ISBN: 9781-4725-0994-9, Pbk 9781-4725-1182-9, e-PDF 978-1-4725-1161-4, e-Pub: 978-1-4725-0690-0.”, International Journal of Applied Linguistics. 26(1) 120-124.
    DOI: http://doi.org/10.1111/ijal.12142

  • Woore, R (2014) “Beginner learners' progress in decoding L2 French: Transfer effects in typologically similar L1-L2 writing systems”, Writing Systems Research. 6(2) 167-189.
    DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/17586801.2013.838536

  • Woore, R (2010) “Thinking aloud about L2 decoding: An exploration of the strategies used by beginner learners when pronouncing unfamiliar French words”, Language Learning Journal. 38(1) 3-17.
    DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/09571730903545210

  • Woore, R (2009) “Beginners' progress in decoding L2 French: Some longitudinal evidence from English modern foreign languages classrooms”, Language Learning Journal. 37(1) 3-18.
    DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/09571730902717398

  • Woore, R (2007) “'Weisse Maus in meinem Haus': Using poems and learner strategies to help learners decode the sounds of the L2”, Language Learning Journal. 35(2) 175-188.
    DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/09571730701599211

  • Arndt, HL, Woore, R “Vocabulary learning from watching Youtube videos and reading blog posts”, Language Learning & Technology.


  • Woore, R, Li, S (2014) Second language decoding, word learning and vocabulary learning strategies: an exploratory study of advanced Chinese learners of L2 English.


  • Woore, R (2015) “Madrid, a bilingual community: a view from the classroom”, In: Unpublished report for EMI Oxford: Centre for Research and Development on English Medium Instruction.

Theses & dissertations

  • Woore, R (2011) Investigating and developing beginner learners’ decoding proficiency in second language French: An evaluation of two programmes of instruction.

  • Woore, R (2006) Investigating beginner learners’ decoding of second language French: methodological issues and some preliminary substantive findings.

  • Woore, R (2004) Developing and applying knowledge of L2 grapheme – phoneme correspondences amongst beginner learners of German.


  • Department staff

College affiliation

  • Exeter College


  • Research Lecturer in Applied Linguistics

Subject area

  • PGCE Modern Foreign Languages (French, German, Spanish and Italian)

Research groups

  • Applied Linguistics
  • Teacher Education and Professional Learning

Publications, books and other work