Courtney Hooton

Courtney Hooton


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Research interests

I am interested in reading and language acquisition in children. My PhD project focuses on the role of written words (orthography) when teaching new foreign vocabulary to primary school children. I am particularly interested in how this translates to classrooms in the real word, so I am looking to collaborate with primary school teachers and MFL co-ordinators to produce a naturalistic, research-informed method for teaching foreign languages in primary school. 

I am a member of both the Language and Reading Acquisition (LARA) and the Neuroscience of Communication Development (N-CoDe) labs at Royal Holloway, University of London. 

Educational background

BSc (Hons) Psychology, Royal Holloway, University of London

Sept 2019 → Jun 2022

First Class Honours



I am on a Graduate Teaching Associate studentship, meaning 60% of my time is spent working on my PhD and 40% is spent teaching.

I work as a Teaching Associate in the Department of Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London. I lead workshops and lab classes on the first year module Introduction to Psychological Research (PS1010). 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education