The open call for nominations for the ELTons Outstanding Achievement Award 2019 has now closed. The winner will be announced at the ELTons Awards ceremony in June. Information below is for reference only.

The ELTons are now in full swing with 150 applications received from 45 countries across the continents. We would like to hear from you, our colleagues across the English language teaching (ELT) community, for your suggested nominations for the ELTons Outstanding Achievement Award.

The award (until now known as the Lifetime Achievement Award) recognises those who have had outstanding achievement in shaping and making a great impact on English language education around the world.

In 2018, we convened a diverse panel to review the awards, to make sure the ELTons reflect the enormous diversity in English language education worldwide. It was proposed to change the name to the Outstanding Achievement Award to be more inclusive of those who meet the criteria at all stages of their lives and careers.

We welcome nominations reflecting a wide diversity, including first languages, genders, ages, nationalities, abilities, or other backgrounds, who:

  • have significantly helped to shape the English language teaching industry or profession.
  • have made a significant contribution to furthering English language teaching as a profession.
  • have had an impact on a wide audience. 

Those suggested multiple times will be passed to the panel of judges, to be considered for the shortlist, which will then be voted upon by the panel.

Past winners of this award include Dr Catherine Walter, co-author of The Good Grammar Book, Henry Widdowson, a leading authority in applied linguistics and in communicative language teaching, and Brita Haycraft, co-founder of International House.

The Outstanding Achievement Award will be announced live online at the ELTons Awards for Innovation in English Language Teaching, on TeachingEnglish on Monday 10 June 2019.