Author: Laura Patsko

Laura Patsko’s Pedagogy Pop-up #3: 10 things an adult needs in order to learn a second language

Laura Patsko joins us for the third and final Pedagogy Pop-up, this time looking at the 10 things an adult needs in order to learn a second language. Linguistic and pedagogical research can show us the key things a person really needs in order to learn a second language, rather than the ‘nice to haves’…. Read more »

Laura Patsko’s Pedagogy Pop-up #2: What works in computer assisted language learning (CALL)?

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Laura Patsko delivers the second instalment from her Pedagogy Pop-up video series, this time looking at what works in Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). Laura summarises the key insights from a study conducted by Luke Plonsky and Nicole Ziegler, which explored language learning assisted by technology. As one researcher states – communicative competence cannot possibly be… Read more »

Laura Patsko’s Pedagogy Pop-up #1: Everything you always wanted to know about pronunciation*

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*But were afraid to ask! In part one of our pedagogy pop-up video series, senior ELT research manager Laura Patsko covers the why, who, what and how of teaching English pronunciation. The insights are based on both her research and experience of classroom teaching, and highlight the diverse reality of pronunciation. Why? The first question… Read more »

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 »