Category Archives: Teacher development

Upcoming mini-events: Lunch With Laura

As part of my role at Cambridge University Press, I frequently attend and present at events focused on bridging the gap between applied linguistics research and ELT practice. My lovely Marketing colleagues’ latest brainchild is “Lunch With Laura”, which I’m

Upcoming mini-events: Lunch With Laura

As part of my role at Cambridge University Press, I frequently attend and present at events focused on bridging the gap between applied linguistics research and ELT practice. My lovely Marketing colleagues’ latest brainchild is “Lunch With Laura”, which I’m

Whose English is it, anyway?

This weekend I had the great pleasure of attending the second ever Innovate ELT conference in Barcelona, Spain, organised and hosted by ELT Jam and Oxford TEFL – and the great pleasure and honour of opening the main day of

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Whose English is it, anyway?

This weekend I had the great pleasure of attending the second ever Innovate ELT conference in Barcelona, Spain, organised and hosted by ELT Jam and Oxford TEFL – and the great pleasure and honour of opening the main day of

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10 top tips for teaching pronunciation (Part 2)

Just another quick cross-blog plug… The second half of a post I’ve written for Conversations (the Cambridge ELT blog) on “Ten top tips for teaching pronunciation” has just gone live! You can read it by clicking here or going to

10 top tips for teaching pronunciation (Part 2)

Just another quick cross-blog plug… The second half of a post I’ve written for Conversations (the Cambridge ELT blog) on “Ten top tips for teaching pronunciation” has just gone live! You can read it by clicking here or going to

10 top tips for teaching pronunciation (Part 1)

Just a quick cross-blog plug… The first half of a post I’ve written for Conversations (the Cambridge ELT blog) on “Ten top tips for teaching pronunciation” has just gone live! You can read it by clicking here or going to

10 top tips for teaching pronunciation (Part 1)

Just a quick cross-blog plug… The first half of a post I’ve written for Conversations (the Cambridge ELT blog) on “Ten top tips for teaching pronunciation” has just gone live! You can read it by clicking here or going to

5 ways to recover from an MA

Shortly after I completed my master’s degree in ELT & Applied Linguistics, I published a post called “5 things I wish I’d known before my MA.” That proved so popular, I followed it up with a guest post featuring 5

5 ways to recover from an MA

Shortly after I completed my master’s degree in ELT & Applied Linguistics, I published a post called “5 things I wish I’d known before my MA.” That proved so popular, I followed it up with a guest post featuring 5

5 more things you should know before your MA

About a year ago, I posted this shortlist of things I wish I’d known before doing my master’s degree.  I’ve just shared these learnings, plus some more ideas that have occurred to me since then, at the English UK teachers’

5 more things you should know before your MA

About a year ago, I posted this shortlist of things I wish I’d known before doing my master’s degree.  I’ve just shared these learnings, plus some more ideas that have occurred to me since then, at the English UK teachers’

Things I wish I’d known before my MA (English UK 2014 presentation)

This is just a short appendix of sorts to a post I wrote about a year ago, and which I recently updated and delivered as a presentation at the English UK Teachers’ Conference in London. You can view my slides below

Things I wish I’d known before my MA (English UK 2014 presentation)

This is just a short appendix of sorts to a post I wrote about a year ago, and which I recently updated and delivered as a presentation at the English UK Teachers’ Conference in London. You can view my slides below

Article published in Speak Out! issue 51

Originally posted on ELF Pronunciation:
This post is just a quick one to mention an article by Katy and Laura which was recently published in issue 51 of Speak Out!, the newsletter of the IATEFL Pronunciation Special Interest Group (PronSIG). Back in April 2014 at…

Article published in Speak Out! issue 51

Originally posted on ELF Pronunciation:
This post is just a quick one to mention an article by Katy and Laura which was recently published in issue 51 of Speak Out!, the newsletter of the IATEFL Pronunciation Special Interest Group (PronSIG). Back in April 2014 at…

British Council ELT Master’s Award nomination

Last night’s ELTons awards ceremony was a great night out.  Huge congrats to Lizzie Pinard, a fellow blogger who won the award for New Talent in Writing, and to all the other winners and nominees, of course. I was delighted

British Council ELT Master’s Award nomination

Last night’s ELTons awards ceremony was a great night out.  Huge congrats to Lizzie Pinard, a fellow blogger who won the award for New Talent in Writing, and to all the other winners and nominees, of course. I was delighted

#OneThing my student taught me today

Picture the scene, if you will: An ordinary 90-minute intermediate-level adult class.  The second of two lessons this group have in the morning. Ten students, divided into two groups. Each group has a different reading text – authentic articles taken

#OneThing my student taught me today

Picture the scene, if you will: An ordinary 90-minute intermediate-level adult class.  The second of two lessons this group have in the morning. Ten students, divided into two groups. Each group has a different reading text – authentic articles taken