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.
The winners were:
The Macmillan Education Award for Innovative Writing
Sensing Humour ‘in English’, by Kate Khoury, Sarah Raybould and Louise Salim
A book contemplating the language of humour and how that translates into English.
Excellence in Course Innovation
Bell Blended Learning for ELT, Bell
An innovative approach to developing teachers’ knowledge and abilities to understand and develop their own blended learning courses for students.
Innovation in Learner Resources
Sounds: The Pronunciation App, Macmillan Education
The first ever app to win an ELTon. The app (for Apple iOS and Google Android devices) that helps students and teachers study, practise and play with English pronunciation wherever they are.
Innovation in Teacher Resources
Digital Play, Delta Publishing
A pioneering book on the use of computer games in language teaching, offering an eye-opening journey for teachers who want to move with the times – and with their learners.
WORDREADY Academic English, L2
A powerful online vocabulary learning resource aimed at students preparing to study, or already studying, at an English medium college or university
The Colour of Words, Colour Trick S.l.
An innovative and user friendly new method to learn how to pronounce English correctly, using colour as the link between the written word and its pronunciation.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Described at the ceremony as ‘a national living treasure of ELT’, Alan has been a tireless advocate for the needs of teachers and learners in developing contexts, particularly Asia.
Michael Carrier, Head of English Language Innovation at the British Council said:“I'm delighted that the seven winners of this year's ELTons awards were all able to attend in person to receive their well-deserved awards for innovation and creativity. The ELTons event has become a key fixture in the ELT calendar, and we believe it inspires more and more young teachers and writers to develop new ways of making learning effective and fun.
This year we had over 260 guests celebrating the best of the English Language Teaching world and networking across the industry. With the generous support of our sponsors Cambridge ESOL and Macmillan Education the British Council will continue to promote excellence and innovation, and we all look forward to receiving nominations for next year's ELTons awards."
See the 2012 red carpet interviews: