Robert J. Lowe is a lecturer in the Department of English Communication, Tokyo Kasei University. He has taught in Japan for twelve years, and at the university level since 2010. He completed his Ph.D. in applied linguistics at Canterbury Christ Church University in 2017, and has since published several articles and books on issues in critical applied linguistics. He has also worked in developing and promoting new qualitative research methods in the field, particularly duoethnography and frame analysis.

Selected publications:

  • Lowe, R. J. (2020). Uncovering ideology in English language teaching: Identifying the ‘native speaker’ frame. New York: Springer
  • Lowe, R. J. (2020). Exploring ideology in ELT: A frame analysis approach. Language Teaching 53(3). DOI: 
  • Lowe, R. J. & Lawrence, L. (Eds.). (2020). Duoethnography in English language teaching: Research, reflection and classroom application. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.
  • Lowe, R. J. & Smith, R. C. (2020). L.A. Hill’s ‘Neutral English’ – a historical counterpoint to ELF. ELT Journal 74(1), 20-28. DOI: 
  • Kiczkowiak, M. & Lowe, R. J. (2018). Teaching English as a lingua franca: The journey from EFL to ELF. Stuttgart: DELTA Publishing.
  • Lowe, R. J. & Lawrence, L. (2018). Native-speakerism and ‘hidden curricula’ in ELT training: A duoethnography. Journal of Language and Discrimination 2(2), 162-187. DOI: 
  • Lowe, R. J. & Kiczkowiak, M. (2016). Native-speakerism and the complexity of personal experience: A duoethnographic study. Cogent Education 3(1), 1264171. DOI: 
  • Lowe, R. J. & Pinner, R. (2016). Finding the connections between native-speakerism and authenticity. Applied Linguistics Review 7(1), 27-52. DOI: 

Ph.D. Canterbury Christ Church University