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Our pedagogy research

By carrying out research into what works best for teachers and learners we make sure that everything we do is underpinned and improved by evidence.

We deliver insights from cutting-edge research in useful and practical guidance that teachers can use in their teaching.

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  • Our Principles of Language Learning

    The design of our courses and learning materials is underpinned by the Cambridge Principles of Language Learning. These principles have been distilled from a wide range of research into second language acquisition, which analyses the impact of different approaches on language learning. From this research, we have identified key principles that form the basis of all our learning materials.

  • Evidence-based classroom research

    We run pedagogy research projects to investigate how teaching approaches can impact student learning. We work with schools and universities around the world to collect data on classroom practices and how they affect learners' achievement and motivation for learning English. We use this data to feed into the design of our courses and materials, as well as to inform our teacher development programmes.

Cambridge papers in ELT

Our research, helping your teaching

Written with leading experts, the Cambridge Papers in ELT series connects the deeper insights of linguistic and pedagogical research with the reality of everyday ELT practice. Explore the extensive range of topics covered in our series to access relevant, evidence-based support and practical ideas to implement in your classroom.

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ESL student success in the U.S.

How can we best prepare and support learners entering the ESL higher education sector in the U.S.?

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Teaching grammar to adults

What are the best ways to teach grammar to adult learners of English, and why should we teach grammar explicitly?

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Learning language in chunks

How can we teach chunks of language that don't fit into 'grammar' or single-word 'vocabulary' teaching methods?

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Test Anxiety in Adult Learners

How does test anxiety influence adult learners, and what can students and teachers do to mitigate feelings of test anxiety?

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Critical thinking in EAP: a brief guide for teachers

What are the best ways for teachers to develop critical thinking skills in their EAP students?

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Critical thinking in EAP: pathways for students

How can we support students throughout their EAP course to develop transferable critical thinking skills?

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Developing critical thinking in EAP programmes

What strategies and techniques can we use to best embed critical thinking skills in EAP programmes?

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The development of Oracy skills in school-aged learners

How can we encourage effective spoken communication across diverse social contexts?

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Developing life skills through play

How can play-based approaches help to develop valuable life skills in young learners?

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Enhancing student interaction in the language classroom

How to bring valuable peer interaction into the classroom?

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Extensive reading for Primary ELT

How can extensive reading practices with young learners instil a love of reading and improved reading ability in English?

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Extensive reading: why and how?

How does extensive reading help learners develop reading and broader language skills?

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Personalization in adaptive learning technology

How can innovations in Natural Language Processing and semantic computing help develop tools for language learning?

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Creating a safe speaking environment

What kind of environmental and contextual factors encourage students to speak in the language classroom?

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The use of L1 in English language teaching

How can we best use learners' first language in the ELT classroom to support English learning?

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How much time should we give to speaking practice?

How we can use the classroom time allocated for communicative tasks more efficiently?

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Motivational aspects of using near peers as role models

What is the value of near-peer role models and how can we utilise them to motivate students?

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Motivating learners with immersive speaking tasks

How do immersive tasks support learning, boost self-esteem and increase motivation?

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Using learner-centred content in the classroom

How can learner-centred content increase student engagement and motivate language learners?

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What's new in ELT besides technology?

What are the new trends in ELT that are shaping the way we teach and learn English?

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Using mobile devices in the language classroom

How can we use mobile functions, apps, and web-based resources to develop language skills and cultural learning?

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Visual literacy in English language teaching

How have the addition of engaging still and moving images to the written word transformed classrooms?

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Blended language learning

How can blended learning put learners at the centre of the learning process, encourage independence, and help teachers support learning?

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What do successful learners and teachers do?

What can learners and teachers do to support learning a language in the classroom?

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Personalization of language learning through mobile technology

How can mobile learning personalise learning and improve language teaching?

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Effective Professional Development: Principles and best practice

How to best implement principles of professional teacher development?

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Specific learning difficulties in ELT

How can we support second language development in learners with specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia?

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Developing young writers in ELT

What are the best methods and practices we can use to support young learners in developing effective and proficient writing skills?

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Giving Feedback to Language Learners

What are the different ways of giving feedback to language learners, and how can we choose the best kind of feedback for our students?

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Phonics and Literacy Instruction for young learners in EFL

Why is teaching phonics beneficial to young learners, and how can we teach this?
  

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Giving feedback on speaking

How best can we give students feedback on discussions, role plays, and problem-solving tasks? 

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