Author: Laura Patsko

5 things I learned at IATEFL 2016

IATEFL (International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language) is over for another year. Laura Patsko, our Senior ELT Research Manager, reflects on what she learned during the event. I always learn a lot at the annual IATEFL conference, and this year was no exception. I was there for the full 5 days… Read more »

Teacher research #2 – Laura Patsko interviews Christine Coombe and JD Brown

In the second part of her interview, Laura Patsko asks teacher-researchers Christine Coombe and JD Brown more questions about research, and their new book, The Cambridge Guide to Research in Language Teaching and Learning. I notice that the volume is divided into 4 broad sections, of which “Getting ready” is by far the longest! Is… Read more »

Teacher research #1 – Laura Patsko interviews JD Brown and Christine Coombe

Following their recent webinar, Cambridge’s Senior ELT Research Manager, Laura Patsko, interviews JD Brown and Christine Coombe, editors of the Cambridge Guide to Research in Language Teaching and Learning. How did this volume come about? [JD] The idea for this book was Christine’s. She approached me about doing it and I realized that it was… Read more »

Minimal pairs with minimal effort

Following her previous posts on tips for teaching pronunciation, Senior Research Manager Laura Patsko identifies how to help your students tackle pronunciation problems caused by minimal word pairs.   You’ll probably be familiar with classroom interactions along these lines: Student: A coma. Teacher/other students: Sorry? Student: Coma, a coma. Teacher/other students: … Student: In between the clauses,… Read more »