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Applications now open for the ELTons Awards 2015

We are pleased to announce the call for applications for the ELTons Awards 2015.

The deadline for applications is 14 November 2014.

Find out more about the categories and how to apply below.

Click here to see the full list of 2014 winners and watch highlights, including interviews with the winners of the 2014 ELTons Awards.

Applications

ELTons 2015

How to apply

We are pleased to announce we are now accepting applications for the ELTons 2015 awards.

We are inviting applications for the following award categories:
 
  • Excellence in Course Innovation
  • Innovation in Learner Resources
  • Innovation in Teacher Resources
  • Digital Innovation
  • Local Innovation
We also invite applications for The Macmillan Education Award for New Talent in Writing which is open to aspiring ELT authors who are yet to publish any of their work. The winner receives £1,000 and the opportunity to develop their talent and publish their work.
 
Please open the application guidance document below for further information on categories. Information on how to submit an application can be found in the relevant application form.
 
Applications are judged by a panel of ELT experts and the shortlist announced in March. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony held in London in June 2015.
 
The deadline for applications is 14 November 2014.
 

2014 ELTons

ELTons awards announced for 2014!

 

"And the winners are..."

 

The Macmillan Education Award for New Talent in Writing

This award is sponsored by Macmillan Education and gives previously unpublished writers the opportunity to win a £1,000 prize and have their work published. Through this award the British Council and Macmillan Education aims to discover and encourage up-and-coming ELT authors to take the next step in their writing careers.

Winner - Compass (Upper Intermediate) by Elizabeth (Lizzie) Pinard

Compass (upper intermediate) is a six-task module designed to stimulate and support learners who are studying in an English-speaking environment. It incorporates task-based learning theory and aims to foster the intercultural awareness and communication skills necessary for success in a globalised world.

The judges described the winner as “very innovative and thorough. It includes current and controversial themes that will evoke real discussion, and is fun and engaging to use.”

Excellence in Course Innovation

This award recognises innovation in the complete course packages which publishers produce for EFL or ESL learners of any age.

Winner - Dyslexia for Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (Dystefl) - Dystefl Project

This course is an innovative professional development programme that aims to raise teachers’ awareness of the foreign language learning needs of dyslexic students. The training booklets are freely downloadable from the project website and the course is available in an online self-study format.

The judges described the winner as “a much-needed course for teachers and one that addresses a gap in the market.”

Innovation in Learner Resources

This award recognises innovation in any product or service across any media intended for learners.

Winner - Academic Skills Series - Collins

This is a six-book series for students who are studying, or preparing to study, at an English-speaking institution. Essential study skills and English language practice are combined to help students step up their performance from their IELTS or TOEFL score to achieve academic success on their course. Each book stands alone, focusing on one skill required at university. Skills include writing, research, lectures, presenting, group work and numbers.

The judges described the winner as “even native speakers could benefit from the kind of structured, systematic thinking taught in this entry.”

Innovation in Teacher Resources

This award recognises innovation in a product or service aimed at developing and supporting EFL and ESL teachers.

Winner - The Disabled Access Friendly campaign - Katie Quartano and Paul Shaw

Disabled Access Friendly provides ELT teachers with a large bank of free, downloadable, stand-alone lessons covering all learner levels and age ranges in a variety of forms. These resources are unique because besides focusing on linguistic aims thematically, they focus exclusively on raising awareness about mobility disability.

The judges described the winner as “a great initiative to embed useful social content into mainstream ELT lessons.”

Digital Innovation

This award recognises the innovative use of technology.

Winner - Doctors Speak Up: Communication and Language Skills for International Medical Graduates - R. Woodward-Kron, C. Bow, C. Fraser, J. Pill, E. Flynn

This is an interactive English for Medical Purposes (EMP) web-based resource for non-native English speaking doctors. It includes doctor-patient consultations that can present challenges for clinical communication. Users watch the videos and explore language and communication issues related to cases involving alcohol misuse, depression, sexually transmitted infections and chronic pain.

The judges described the winner as “a fascinating insight into the world of doctors, patients and the English they need”.

Local Innovation

This award recognises innovation in creating learner or teacher solutions to meet a specific local need within a specific local context and which are developed at a local, national or regional level.

Winner - P.A.L.S Scheme, (Promoting Acceptance of Language Students) - Country Cousins Ltd

This is a scheme set up by Country Cousins alongside Devon Youth Service that aims to recruit teenagers from the Ilfracombe area to integrate international language students into the community. Each member is given formal training and provided with a uniform so that they are identified by our students

The judge’s described the winner as “a worthy project that is very effective”.

The Lifetime Achievement Award

This awards an ELT professional who has made a substantial contribution to the ELT profession throughout their career.

Winner - Michael Swan

“Must-have texts” and “an influence on a generation of students” – just some of the phrases that describe the impact of Michael Swan on the world of English language teaching. Michael is a hugely worthy winner of the lifetime achievement award at this year’s ELTons. He modestly describes himself as a “freelance writer, specialising in English language teaching and related matters” but he is so much more, including being an influential writer and an award-winning poet. The British Council is thrilled to be presenting him with the award.

Click here to see photos of the ELTons award ceremony taken by Frank Noon Photography.

Click here to see photos taken by David Lake Photography.


2014 nominees:

Excellence in Course Innovation

Access EAP: Frameworks - Garnet Education
Dyslexia for Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (Dystefl) - Dystefl Project
ESOL National 4 - K2L Ltd
OUR WORLD - National Geographic Learning
Picaro - Kaplan International English
TEDDY EDDIE
Skillful - Macmillan Education

Innovation in Learner Resources 

BreakingNewsEnglish.com - Sean Banville
Academic Skills Series - Collins
Discover our Amazing World CLIL READERS - Express Publishing
How to speak English; The pronunciation App - Kaplan International English
International Management English series: Leading People, Managing Projects, Managing Change, Working Virtually - Delta Publishing Ltd
ListenUp - Reallyenglish

Innovation in Teacher Resources

Digital Literacies - Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
The Disabled Access Friendly campaign - Katie Quartano and Paul Shaw
Language Learning with Technology: Ideas for Integrating Technology in the Classroom - Cambridge University Press
Language Teaching Insights From Other Fields: Sports, Arts, Design and More - Christopher Stillwell, TESOL
My First Digital Journey - Jennifer Verschoor & Özge Karaoğlu
Phonology for Listening: Teaching the Stream of Speech - Speech in Action, eBook by Firsty Group.
 

Digital Innovation 

Doctors Speak Up: Communication and Language Skills for International Medical Graduates - R. Woodward-Kron, C. Bow, C. Fraser, J. Pill, E. Flynn  
English Digital Kitchen - Newcastle University
English English – Dialogics and The Full English
Speak and Learn Business English - Phone English
IELTS Skills app – Macmillan Education
The Big Picture App – Richmond
Urban Chronicles - Paul Driver

Local Innovation 

An English Language Learning Programme for Young Learners / ‘Friends’ - Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture (Cyprus)
Earth & People 1 - SOP Oświatowiec Toruń (Poland)
Istanbul Sehir University Corpus - Aslı Abak Şen, Damla Okay, Sam Cosgrove, Emrah Akkurt (Turkey)
P.A.L.S Scheme, (Promoting Acceptance of Language Students) - Country Cousins Ltd (UK)
Summer EAL MOOC - English Online Inc. (Canada)
The Fair List, UK - Tessa Woodward (UK)

The Macmillan Education Award for New Talent in Writing

Compass (Upper Intermediate) - Elizabeth (Lizzie) Pinard
Flip, follow and feedback - Laura Nanna
Magic Book 2 - Thomaï Alexiou & Marina Mattheoudaki
PLAYDATES Let's play English - Maria Teresa Marino
Rock and Learn - Taera Shaikh
The LexicalPortfolio Course - G.H.Heiman

2014 winners

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2014 red carpet interviews and ceremony

The 2014 ELTons award ceremony was held on 22nd May at BMA House in central London. Anna Searle, Director of English Language at the British Council, introduced the awards.

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Michael Swan - ELTons 2014 winner of the British Council Lifetime Achievement Award

This awards an ELT professional who has made a substantial contribution to the ELT profession throughout their career. This year the winner is Michael Swan.

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The Disabled Access Friendly campaign - ELTons 2014 winner of the Award for Innovation in Teacher Resources

This award recognises innovation in a product or service aimed at developing and supporting EFL and ESL teachers. The Disabled Access Friendly campaign was created by Katie Quartano and Paul Shaw and provides ELT teachers with a large bank of free, downloadable, stand-alone lessons covering all learner levels and age ranges in a variety of forms.

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Dyslexia for Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (Dystefl) - ELTons 2014 winner of the Award for Excellence in Course Innovation

This award recognises innovation in the complete course packages which publishers produce for EFL or ESL learners of any age. The Dyslexia for Teachers of English as a Foreign Language course is an innovative professional development programme that aims to raise teachers’ awareness of the foreign language learning needs of dyslexic students.

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Doctors Speak Up - ELTons 2014 winner of the Award for Digital Innovation

This award recognises the innovative use of technology. The winner is 'Doctors Speak Up: Communication and Language Skills for International Medical Graduates' by R. Woodward-Kron, C. Bow, C. Fraser, J. Pill, E. Flynn. It is an interactive English for Medical Purposes (EMP) web-based resource for non-native English speaking doctors.

Sponsors

The sponsors

Cambridge English Language Assessment

Cambridge English Language Assessment is pleased to sponsor the ELTons, which reward innovative ELT products, services and research in English language teaching around the world and in UK.

2013 is the centenary of the Cambridge English exams, which are now taken by over 4 million people every year in 130 countries and recognised by nearly 14,000 universities, employers and government departments. They are backed by a world-leading program of academic and practical research and by quality management systems certified to international standards.
 
Cambridge English Language Assessment (formerly Cambridge ESOL) is part of the University of Cambridge.
 

 

Macmillan Education

Macmillan Education embraces innovation through its award-winning publishing and its approach to delivering high-quality products in various media and to new niche markets. We're delighted to sponsor the British Council’s new Award for Innovative Writing to help give new authors a chance to make their first step into a writing career with the help of an internationally recognised publisher.

www.macmillaneducation.com

Previous ELTons

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2014

Watch the highlights of the 2014 ELTons award ceremony, which was held on 22nd May at BMA House in central London. Anna Searle, Director of English Language at the British Council, introduced the awards.

2013

The 2013 ELTons Award ceremony was held on 22nd May at BMA House in central London. Anna Searle, who is Director of English Language at the British Council, presented the awards.

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2012

The 2012 ELTons Award ceremony was held on 23rd May at BMA House in central London. Scott Thornbury presented the awards. For the first time, UK and international ELT professionals competed alongside each other in the same categories – in recognition of the increased mobility and globalisation in the sector.

2011

The 2011 awards ceremony took place on 23rd February in central London. Jeremy Harmer was the guest presenter for the evening. Sponsored by Cambridge ESOL, awards were given in four categories; The UK Award for Innovation, The Cambridge ESOL International Award for Innovation, The Macmillan Education Award for Innovative Writing and, new for 2011, The Lifetime Achievement Award for English Language Teaching.

2010

The ceremony, sponsored by Cambridge ESOL, took place on 3 March in London, marking the eighth year of the prestigious awards. Ken Wilson was the guest presenter.

About the ELTons

The ELTons, sponsored by Cambridge English, are the only international awards that recognise and celebrate innovation in English language teaching (ELT). They reward educational resources that help English language learners and teachers to achieve their goals.

Applications are submitted online by 14th November and they are judged by an independent panel of ELT experts, using the Delphi Technique.

The nominees are announced in March and the winners are announced at the awards ceremony in central London in May.

ELTons Sponsors