Henriette Arndt

Henriette Arndt is a doctoral student in Education with a specialisation in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition.

Her research is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Foundation of German Business.

Henriette has returned to Oxford for her doctoral studies after working as an International Marketing Assistant for Amsterdam University Press. She previously completed her MSc in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition at the University of Oxford, for which she was awarded a distinction, and her Honours BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences at Amsterdam University College, in which she focused on linguistics, psychology, and media studies.


Title of thesis:
Engagement, motivation, and attitudes in informal second language learning.

Dr Robert Woore and Dr Jessica Briggs.

Research interests:
Informal language learning, incidental language learning, social media, online communities, YouTube, vocabulary learning, , language learning motivation, self-regulation, autonomous learning.


Journal articles

  • Arndt, H.L., Woore, R. (forthcoming). Second language learning from watching YouTube videoblogs and reading blog posts. Language Learning & Technology.

Conference presentations

  • Arndt, H.L. (2017) The Role of Media in 21st Century Language Learning. Connected_Life_2017: Digital_Inequalities, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, UK. 19 June 2017.
  • Arndt, H.L. (2016). Informal language learning in the digital age: What, why, and how? EuroSLA 2016 Conference Doctoral Research Workshop, Jyväskylä, Finland. 24 August 2016.
  • Arndt, H.L. (2016). Language acquisition in the digital age: The importance of researching informal online learning practices. British Association of Applied Linguistics Language Learning and Teaching SIG, Crossing Boundaries: Language Learning and Teaching Inside and Outside the Classroom, Lancaster University, UK. 1 July 2016.
  • Arndt, H.L. (2016). Learning outside of the classroom in the digital age: The what, why and how of online informal language learning. Linguistics and English Language Postgraduate Conference, University of Edinburgh, UK. 2 June 2016.
  • Arndt, H.L. (2016). Modality effects in incidental vocabulary learning: A comparison of learning through reading blog posts and watching YouTube video blogs. British Association of Applied Linguistics Language and New Media SIG Event Multimodality in Social Media and Digital Environments, Queen Mary University London, UK. 15 April 2016.
  • Arndt, H.L. (2014). English vocabulary learning from watching YouTube videoblogs and reading blog posts. Connected Life 2014, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, UK. 12 June 2014.

Engagement activities

  • Harry Potter and the Rosetta Stone: An interactive exhibit at the LinguaMania LiveFriday, consisting of a crowd-sourced, multilingual translation, aimed at highlighting the hidden linguistic diversity in the Oxford community. Over the course of three hours, 88 translations in 51 different languages. In collaboration with Anna-Maria Ramezanzadeh and Annina Hessel. Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK. 27 January, 2017.


  • Research student

College affiliation

  • St Hilda's College

Research groups

  • Applied Linguistics
  • Learning and New Technologies