Hala Alghamdi

I am a doctoral student in applied linguistics.

Upon completing her BA in linguistics and having the highest GPA for three consecutive years, Hala started working as teaching assistant in King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah. She was then awarded a scholarship to pursue her postgraduate studies. In 2013, She earned her MA in applied linguistics/TESOL (with Distinction) from the University of Leeds, and is currently a Dphil candidate here in Oxford.

Hala is a member of the applied linguistics research group. Her dissertation focuses on the cross-linguistic interplay in second language reading. She examines the influence of processing a consonantal L1 writing system on the decoding mechanisms applied in second language reading.

Title of thesis:
Working title: second language decoding in consonantally experienced L1 readers

Supervisor: Dr Robert Woore

Research interests:
First and Second language reading
Second language acquisition




  • Research student

College affiliation

  • St Stephen's House

Research groups

  • Applied Linguistics