The ceremony was hosted by Stuart Maconie, author and BBC radio broadcaster.

Music by Phil Toms www.philtomsmusic.com.

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    2014 saw a diverse range of products winning a prestigious ELTon award. These included: a student integration scheme set up by an English language school in Devon, a web-based resource for non-native English speaking doctors, a professional development course for teachers of dyslexic students and ELT resources on raising awareness about mobility disability.

    2014 winners

     

    The Macmillan Education Award for New Talent in Writing

    Compass (Upper Intermediate) by Elizabeth (Lizzie) Pinard

    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

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

    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

    Academic Skills Series by Collins

    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.

    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

    The Disabled Access Friendly campaign by Katie Quartano and Paul Shaw

    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

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

    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.

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

    Local Innovation

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

    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.

    The judges described the winner as “a worthy project that is very effective”.

    The Lifetime Achievement Award

    Michael Swan

    Described at the ceremony as a name synonymous with “must-have texts” and “an influence on a generation of students”, influential writer and award-winning poet, Michael Swan was announced as the winner of the lifetime achievement award for his contribution to English language teaching.

    Speaking from the ceremony, Anna Searle, Director English Language, British Council said: “We are delighted to be celebrating the winners of our ELTons Awards 2014 and to be supporting and showcasing innovation in the ELT sector. The diverse range of winning projects and products being recognised here today certainly highlights the continued and exciting growth of the sector as a whole, as well as the important achievements and advancements happening within it.

    ”Now an important fixture in the ELT calendar,  the ELTons Awards Ceremony provides a unique opportunity for ELT authors, publishers, and practitioners from around the world to find out more about and celebrate the new ideas that will shape English language teaching in the years to come.

    “The awards also support the significant growth in global demand for English language teaching, with teachers and learners adopting innovative approaches to language learning in order to respond to the changing needs of learners.

    “We would like to thank all of the nominees for being part of this year’s ELTons, as well as our headline sponsor, Cambridge English, and the New Talent in Writing Award sponsor, Macmillan Education for their continued support.”

    See photos of the ELTons award ceremony taken by Frank Noon Photography.

    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

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