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.
Three products triumphed in the UK Award for Innovation:
Teaching Unplugged (Delta Publishing), the first book to deal comprehensively with the materials-light, conversation-driven approach to English Language Teaching known as Dogme ELT. It challenges not only the way we view teaching, but also the way we view being a teacher.
www.teachertrainingvideos.com (Russell Stannard) offers walk through videos that take teachers step by step through a whole array of ICT tools including blogs, wikis, podcasts and much more. The focus is on teachers who are unfamiliar with technology and need support at every stage.
Teaching with Bear: Using puppets in the language classroom with young learners - Book, DVD, Bear Puppet (Oxford University Press), helps teachers introduce puppets into their lessons confidently and effectively. It shows how using a puppet as a language assistant and learner will motivate learners aged 4-11 to learn English. The accompanying DVD includes interviews with teacher trainer and author Mary Slattery, real classroom extracts of teachers using Bear, and lots of activities and ideas.
Spolecnost pro Fair Trade (Czech Republic) won the Cambridge ESOL International Award for Innovation with their book – Global Issues in the ELT Classroom. Consisting of thirty-two lesson plans, photocopiable worksheets, activity cards, pictures, information boxes, links to relevant websites and videos, this book provides lesson materials at pre-intermediate, intermediate and upper-intermediate levels based around the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals. The lessons require students to process information, act, read, write, draw, critique and co-operate in creating letters, posters, speeches and reports. In essence, they are challenged to reflect on their own attitudes, feelings and sensibilities.
New for 2010, the Macmillan Education Award for Innovative Writing was open to aspiring ELT authors who have not yet been published. The winners - Stuart Wiffin and Helen Gibbons (UK) - received £1,000 and the opportunity to publish their work.
The 2010 nominees were: