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 the department 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.