The pronunciation problem: an interview with Laura Patsko

The pronunciation problem: an interview with Laura Patsko

All things considered, it seems there is still some way to go before ELT course materials – and the teachers that use them – are able to address pronunciation in class appropriately and effectively.

Laura Patsko is the Senior ELT Research Manager at Cambridge University Press and specialises in pronunciation teaching and the practical applications of linguistic research. In this post, Laura addresses how pronunciation is currently being addressed by ELT publishers and content creators, and what could be done to better support English learners.

ELTjam’s new team member in Brazil: Introducing Daphne Walder

ELTjam’s new team member in Brazil: Introducing Daphne Walder

Here at ELTjam we love making connections and exploring ways of doing things better (and, ideally, in a more fun way!). One such connection we are super grateful to have made recently is Daphne Walder. Jo and Tim met Daphne at the Amplifica Internacional conference in Sao Paulo back in March where they were presenting on Learner Experience Design. Sparks flew and conversation flowed, and it was clear that we all had a lot in common in terms of what we wanted to achieve in ELT. One thing led to another and, well …

Addressing access to English for refugees and asylum seekers: An interview with Anna Lloyd from Cambridge English Language Assessment

Addressing access to English for refugees and asylum seekers: An interview with Anna Lloyd from Cambridge English Language Assessment

Towards the end of 2016, Cambridge English Language Assessment held the ‘Access to English for Refugees and Asylum Seekers’ conference with Techfugees –  a social enterprise mobilising the international tech community to respond to the refugee crisis. We spoke to Anna Lloyd, Head of Education Technology at Cambridge English Language Assessment and member of the Techfugees Cambridge chapter, about how the partnership came about and what solutions have come out if it so far …

The future of English language assessment – an interview with Nick Saville of Cambridge English

The future of English language assessment – an interview with Nick Saville of Cambridge English

We spoke to Nick Saville, Director of Research and Thought Leadership at Cambridge English Language Assessment, about the current state of language learning and assessment and what he thinks the future might hold. Nick discusses the shortcomings of the language classroom, and why we might be moving towards the end of the exam as we know it.