Massive congratulations to co-author of this blog Laura Patsko whose research into ELF pronunciation received a commendation at this year’s ELTons awards. The accolade came after Laura’s distinction-level Master’s dissertation was nominated for ‘Best Potential for Impact on ELT’ by tutors at King’s College London.
As part of her research, entitled “Using the Lingua Franca Core to promote students’ mutual intelligibility in the multilingual classroom: five teachers’ experiences”, Laura developed a unique tool to help teachers better address their students’ pronunciation needs in multilingual classrooms where the teacher may be unfamiliar with all the different L1s present. Her work was described by ELTon judges as an “excellent addition” to the field. You can read more about the resource she developed in an earlier post on this blog and you can download her dissertation by going to this British Council web page and clicking on the “2013 winners” tab (or try this direct download link).
Laura’s passion and dedication are an inspiration to anyone interested in bridging the gap between academia and everyday classroom practice. Many of the ideas on this blog are informed by her research and it is a privilege to be working with someone of her calibre. Congratulations on this well-deserved recognition.