As the Language and Pedagogy Research Team at Cambridge University Press, we commission research reviews, conduct empirical research and develop tools for understanding language use. This research plays an important role in the development of our English Language Teaching (ELT) materials and services. By using these insights to understand how language is learnt and used, we can help students learn better and more effectively.

Our research focuses on two key areas: language and learning

Language Research

Using our multiple tools, including the Cambridge English Corpus, we monitor the English language and how it's actually used in the real world by collecting and analyzing huge samples of language as used by expert speakers as well as learners of English. This enables us to use real English that is up-to-date, relevant and authentic in our materials, but also understand how learners use language and where they struggle, allowing us to focus on improving these areas.

Learning Research

We strive to understand the science of learning by collaborating with a global network of researchers working together to find out the best ways to facilitate learning. This includes commissioning research reviews and working out what this means for our materials development, from curriculum planning to task design. We also conduct empirical studies to analyze the impact of our course materials in the classroom, with a continuous ambition for improvement in order to support learners and teachers better.

Current research topics

  • Digital pedagogy
  • Best practice for exam preparation
  • Functional language
  • Spoken language research
  • Spoken learner research
  • Play research
  • Life skills
  • Mixed ability classrooms
  • Curriculum development
  • Young learner language

Meet the team

BEN KNIGHT, DIRECTOR OF ELT RESEARCH

Using language research to improve our materials, new directions/ideas for language research, working with high value customers, collaborations with Cambridge Assessment English.

CLAIRE DEMBRY, PRINCIPAL ELT RESEARCH MANAGER

Native speaker corpora, Learner Corpus research, EAP, data collection, developing external partnerships, materials development.

LAURA GRIMES, SENIOR ELT RESEARCH MANAGER

Native speaker corpora, Learner Corpus research, EAP, data collection, developing external partnerships, materials development.

NIALL CURRY, SENIOR ELT RESEARCH MANAGER

Spoken corpus research, EAP and academic writing, contrastive linguistics, language pedagogy research, learner backgrounds and L1 interference/transfer, digital pedagogies.

DELIA KIDD, SENIOR ELT RESEARCH MANAGER

Language and learning pedagogy, young learner language acquisition, pre-primary education, teacher development, digital in primary education, materials development.

OLIVIA GOODMAN, ELT RESEARCH MANAGER

Learner corpus research and development, including spoken learner corpora, expert-​speaker corpus research, data collection, functional language, learner backgrounds and L1 interference/transfer.

ROXANA HERESCU, ELT RESEARCH MANAGER

Language and learning pedagogy, adolescent language acquisition, development of life competencies, learner autonomy, CLIL pedagogy, materials development.

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