Call for applications to the ELTons Innovation Awards 2019 now closed. This year's finalists can be found here. Applications will re-open in September for next years awards.


Please find details below of the application process, for information only.


Have you produced an English language teaching or learning product, publication, or service that is both functional and innovative in the last two years?

The British Council is looking for the latest and most innovative resources to learn and teach English, across the full breadth of media (non-digital or digital) and from a wide variety of contexts worldwide. Applications closed on Friday 2 November 2018, midnight (UK time).

If you’re an educator in a low-resource context, a member of an international team or organisation – large or small – or an author or entrepreneur flying solo, we want to hear from you. If you’ve been involved in the creation of new resources in support of high quality English language education in the last two years, make your submission to the ELTons Innovation Awards 2019.

About the British Council’s ELTons Awards for Innovation in English language teaching

Now in their seventeenth year, the ELTons celebrate the most original courses, publications, projects, apps and platforms, and more, which are finding new ways to help English language learners and teachers around the world achieve their goals. The awards also recognise the organisations, teams and individuals whose original approaches are helping to shape the future of English language teaching and learning.

In 2018, an impressive field of 110 entries came from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas, spanning the different needs of English language learners at every age, in diverse contexts.

In a survey of ELTons winners and finalists of the past decade, 88% reported increased visibility for their work and brands through the awards and more than half used the awards to generate new business and to expand their networks. 

Find out about the ELTons 2018 winners and finalists.

Watch footage from the ELTons 2018 ceremony.

Award categories for submissions

Excellence in course innovation – Courses using a fresh variety of content, formats or media, to help learners achieve stretching levels of English language proficiency.

Innovation in teacher resources – Resources supporting English language teaching professionals, whether through teacher training, education, or continuing professional development.

Innovation in learner resources – Services, activities, materials or works using innovative means to improve English language learners' proficiency in vocabulary, grammar, fluency, receptive and productive skills, or vital language skills for study, life and/or work.

Digital innovation – Use of digital technology or media – cutting edge technologies, or original use of existing technology – to benefit high-quality English language learning.

Local innovation (in partnership with Cambridge Assessment English) – Resources or projects innovating to meet specific, local needs, within local, national or regional contexts around the world.

A commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion

The British Council is committed to making sure the ELTons Innovation Awards are inclusive and reflect the broad diversity of English language education around the world. We welcome and encourage applications from all backgrounds, including from:

  • Those who speak English as a second or other language.
  • Diverse nationalities and ethnicities.
  • Low-resource as well as better resourced contexts.
  • Across the regional/rural and urban divide.
  • Disabled applicants, as well as those developing resources for disabled learners and teachers.
  • We also wish to see good gender balance among applicants.

Find out more about the British Council’s approach to equality, diversity and inclusion.

How to make your application

Make your application using the form below. Full information on award categories and eligibility, as well as the application and judging processes can be found the accompanying guidance.

Following submission of your entry (by the deadline of Friday 2 November 2018) applications go through a rigorous, three-round judging process to assess the functional and innovative aspects of each submission. The expert panels of judges work independently, individually and behind closed doors, using the Delphi method, meaning that even judges will not know the winners until the awards ceremony in June 2019.

ELTons applications and judging timeline 2018 – 2019

Friday 2 November 2018: ELTons 2019 application deadline.

December: First round of judging concludes, all applicants are notified about progression to round two. 

January – March: Second round. ELTons judges take closer inspection of the innovations.

April: ELTons 2019 finalists are revealed and invited to the awards ceremony.

April – June: Final round of judging.

June: Winners are announced at the ELTons awards ceremony, London, UK.

Those successful in becoming an ELTons finalist will be notified in April 2019 and receive an invitation to join guests from across international English language education, at the highly anticipated ELTons Awards ceremony, hosted in London (UK), in June 2019.

The ceremony also sees the announcement of the British Council Lifetime Achievement Award, for an ELT professional who has made a substantial and long-lasting contribution to the field of English language teaching.

The deadline for applications was Friday 2 November 2018, midnight (UK time).



Hi,I was checking the guidelines but realised that the link for the application form is not available. Can you give some guidance of where to find it? Thanks in advance.Maricarmen

Hello, we are interested in The ELTons Innovation Awards and would like to ask if the nominees are invited to London- travel costs will be at their own expenses or does your organisation support them? And what does the award include?

Dear Inessa, Many thanks for your interest in the ELTons Innovations Awards. Finalists will be invited to the ELTons Awards ceremony in London in June. 88% of ELTons winners and finalists during the past decade reported increased visibility for their work and brands through the awards, and more than half used the awards to generate new business and to expand their networks. Unfortunately, we are unable to cover travel expenses. Thanks and best wishes, Ellen

Hi, I want to apply for a Local Innovation but not in partnership with Cambridge Assessment English. Is it possible to apply?How can I send the copy of completed product as I want to apply about a teachers' camp that took place locally?

Dear Maha, Many thanks for your interest in the ELTons Innovations Awards. Submissions to the Local Innovation Award do not need to be in partnership with Cambridge Assessment English, rather the award category itself is sponsored by our partners Cambridge Assessment English. We appreciate that for services or projects, submitting a physical sample could be more complex, or indeed impossible. In those cases alternative ways of submitting a sample are also acceptable. For example, if you don’t have a book, a website, or anything else that is tangible and represents your innovation well, you can, for example, submit a video or a presentation. I hope this answers your queries, but please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any further questions. Thanks and best wishes, Ellen

Dear Ellen,In 2016 I wrote and published the English textbook for beginners "Welcome to English 1". Next month the second book will be published - "Welcome to English 2".I am a translator and a tutor of the English language from Kyrgyzstan.Thank you in advance.Best regards,Hamid  

Dear Hamid, If you wish to apply for an award please complete and send in the application form. Best wishes, Ellen

Hi, am I right in thinking thse awards are for TEFL or TESL only (not teaching English to native English speakers)? 

Dear Jane, yes that is right. Best wishes, Ellen