About me & my blog

I am a PhD student in Applied Linguistics and a visiting lecturer in Academic Writing and Study Skills at the University of Greenwich. During the summer, I work as a Pre-sessionals tutor for the University of Westminster. I specialise in Second Language Processing, the role of Individual Differences in Second Language Acquisition and eye-tracking. I am still finding my feet in the world of academia and aspiring to be an ambassador for young women in academic research.

My interests extend to teaching foreign languages and language pedagogy. As a CELTA trained teacher, I am interested in curriculum development and I am currently working on material development in ELT classrooms. With continuing interest in the world of ELT, I am attempting to complete my DELTA on the side of my PhD.

You can find an up-to-date version of my CV and research on this blog. My research expands beyond my PhD as I’m interested in HE pedagogies and teaching theories. I often include questions for students and teachers on their experiences, perceptions and ideas regarding this. Please have a look and leave your thoughts. I also include some of my teaching materials, primarily for my students both from Higher Education and ELT (which is continuously updated) but also for the interest of fellow teachers and tutors.

However, this blog is also a space to share my thoughts, experiences and interests in my research, travels, London life and more. I consider Italy as my second home. I spent 5 summers there and have a passion for the language, the culture and the people. If you have ever stood in a piazza, at 10pm, accompanied by the music of chinking coffee cups, Prosecco filled glasses, the Italian language, surrounded by the warmth of the Italian air and the delicious scent of food, then you’ll know why.

I welcome comments, ideas and enquires about my research, blog and teaching. Please feel free to get in touch on here or via social media.


Harriet Lowe is a PhD student in Applied Linguistics at the University of Greenwich in the UK. She is currently researching individual differences in second language acquisition, primarily the role of foreign language aptitude in the field of processing instruction. Her interest in the field came from teaching foreign languages in England and Italy and has received a Certificate in English Language Teaching for Adults. She is an active member of CAROLE (Centre for Applied Research and Outreach in Language Education) and she is also a visiting lecturer in Academic Skills at the University of Greenwich, in the Department of Literature, Language and Theatre.