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.

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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. 

Digital Innovation

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

Local Innovation

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

Alan Maley

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:

Find out more from Luke Medding's ELTons blog

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The ELTons 2012 shortlisted nominees were:

Excellence in Course Innovation

Bell Blended Learning for ELT (website) - Bell
Career Paths Beauty Salon (book) - Express Publishing
English Unlimited (full course) - Cambridge University Press
Gateway (course) - Macmillan Education, Macmillan Publishers Ltd
Playtime (full course) - Oxford University Press
Speakout (course) - Pearson ELT
Writing for Business (website) - Reallyenglish 

Innovation in Learner Resources

Collins English for Business: Listening (book) - HarperCollins Publishers UK
FOR REAL Intermediate (course) - Helbling Languages
Interactive (whole course) - Cambridge University Press
Our Discovery Island (CD-ROM, online game and book) - Pearson Education ELT
Sounds: The Pronunciation App (iPad app) - Macmillan Education
Truth or Dare for English Language Learners (game) - Brian Grover (Speekeezy Publication Workshop) 

Innovation in Teacher Resources 

#ELTchat (website) - #ELTchat
Digital Play (book) - Delta Publishing
How to help your class learn English (book) - Yellow House Ltd
Instant Academic Skills (CD and book) - Cambridge University Press
Learning Teaching 3rd Edition (DVD and book) - Macmillan Education
Teaching Young Learners to Think (book) - Helbling Languages (website) - Tune Into English 

Digital Innovation 

Bubble and Pebble (website) - Terakki Foundation Schools
Efekta Classroom App (iPad app) - EF Education First Ltd
ExamSpeak (website) - RendezVu
Gobby (iPad app) - Stealth Education
Phonetics Focus HD (iPad app) - Cambridge English Online Ltd
WORDREADY Academic English (web cloud) - L2

Local Innovation 

AGO (website and card game) - Leon Butchers
Creative Technology: online workshops for English Teachers (online workshops) - Creative Technology
Island Voices Videos (website) - Cothrom Ltd
Markoni’s Fancy-Dress Balls ( fancy dress balls) - The Markoni’s Language Centre
Stars (CD-ROM, books) - Oxford University Press
The Colour of Words (book, cd) - Colour Trick S.l. 

The Macmillan Education Award for Innovative Writing 

Dictionary of Vowels and their Sounds (website) - Bob Knowles
Micro-Phonics’ ESOL Pronunciation Coach (speech therapy) - Barry Hochfield and Colin Hamilton
Sensing Humour ‘in English’ (book) - Kate Khoury, Sarah Raybould and Louise Salim
The Tily-Wilma stories-learning English the alternative way (book) - Fiona Alexander Hamilton