Portrait of Dr Gloria Chamorro

Dr Gloria Chamorro

Lecturer in Applied Linguistics


Dr Gloria Chamorro obtained her PhD in Developmental Linguistics from the University of Edinburgh in 2013 and her MA in Linguistics and TESOL from Syracuse University, New York, in 2009. Her PhD research focused on first language attrition and its effects in the processing and interpretation of structures at the syntax/pragmatics interface in Spanish near-native speakers of English. 

Apart from first language attrition, Gloria's research interests also include second language acquisition and processing, and bilingualism across the lifespan, including bilingual education and its impact on children’s social and cognitive development.

Gloria is the project leader and coordinator of the English Hub for Refugees project, which she established in 2016 at the University of Kent to help unaccompanied refugee minors gain the English language skills they need to integrate into their new communities and access mainstream education.

Research interests

Gloria's research interests include second language acquisition, bilingualism and first language attrition, especially from a psycholinguistics perspective. 


Gloria teaches undergraduate and postgraduate modules on second language acquisition, applied linguistics,​ language learning and teaching, and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).

She is the Director of the MA in Applied Linguistics with TESOL.


Ishrat Rehman: “Urdu phonology and its role in L2 teaching and perception” 

Zahra Bacha: “First language attrition among Algerian immigrants living in the UK for more than 20 years” 

Luke Allder, CHASE studentship recipient: “Using performing arts pedagogies to help young EAL learners”  

Inés Sánchez de la Viña: "Does the language learner watch and learn? An eye-tracking study on incidental L2 learning from audio-visual input."


Gloria is the External Examiner for the Early Childhood and Education Department at the University of East London.

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