Laura is a former teacher and teacher trainer who now manages research projects into language pedagogy for a major international publisher. She is also Editor of Speak Out!, the journal of the IATEFL Pronunciation Special Interest Group, and she co-blogs at ELFpron.wordpress.com. Laura is particularly interested in pronunciation teaching, English as a Lingua Franca, teacher development and the practical classroom applications of linguistic research.
- Practical ideas for teaching pronunciation and listening in an ELF context, jointly presented with Katy Simpson (British Council Seminar Series, London, UK, and streamed live online, 10 June 2014) Video available here; slides here; handout here.
- How to identify pronunciation priorities in the multilingual classroom (IATEFL PronSIG Pre-Conference Event, Manchester, 10 April 2015). Slides and handouts available here.
- Applying the Lingua Franca Core to promote intelligibility in multilingual classrooms – presentation of master’s degree research findings (ELF6 Conference, Rome, 5 Sept 2013) – slides here; video here; original dissertation downloadable here
- ‘The ear of the beholder’: Helping learners listen to different accents (Cambridge English Teacher webinar, 18 Nov 2015). Recording available on YouTube and related blog post available here.
- Talking to novice teachers about ELF: Dealing with ELF in pre-service TESOL courses (ELF 7, Athens, Greece, 4 Sept 2014) Video available here.
- Patsko, L. & R. Walker (forthcoming). Teaching the pronunciation of English as a lingua franca. In Murphy, J. (ed.) Teaching the Pronunciation of ESL: Focus on Whole Courses. University of Michigan Press.
- Patsko, L. & K. Simpson (2015). ‘Practical pronunciation ideas for teaching in an ELF context’, Speak Out! The newsletter of the IATEFL Pronunciation Special Interest Group, issue 52, pp. 41-47.
- Patsko, L. (2014). ‘Is CLT fair to introverts?’ Teacher Development (the newsletter of the IATEFL Teacher Development Special Interest Group), 70, pp. 3-4.
- Patsko, L. & K. Simpson (2014). ‘Learner needs and goals: who cares?’, Speak Out! The newsletter of the IATEFL Pronunciation Special Interest Group, 51, pp. 47-55.