ELTons 2017 finalists

We are delighted to announce the finalists for the ELTons 2017. The ELTons are now in their fifteenth year and are the only international awards that recognise and celebrate innovation in English language teaching (ELT). This year we will be hosting the awards in a fantastic new venue, Altitude, London on 14 June with the winners announced at the ceremony. We have a celebrity host, lexicographer and etymologist, Susie Dent from Channel 4's Countdown.

Our judging panel began work in January, using the Delphi technique to independently assess each of the products, publications, apps and projects entered against criteria of: excellence in innovation and functional application to support English language learners and teachers achieve their teaching and learning goals.


Excellence in course Innovation

  • Cambridge English Empower - Cambridge University Press with Cambridge English Language Assessment

Cambridge English Empower is a six-level British English Adult course that offers a unique mix of engaging classroom materials, validated assessment, and personalized practice to enable learners to make consistent and measurable progress.

  • Dex - Macmillan Education

Dex is a three-level course for teaching English at pre-primary level, offering a range of highly integrated components that provide pupils with home and school practice. Teaching is supported with storycards, vocabulary flashcards and wallhanging, audio and song CDs, nursery rhyme videos, storytelling videos, a puppet, and a bank of fun learning games.

  • Focus Global, featuring the Word Store - Pearson English

Focus is a blended 5-level English course for upper secondary students. It includes, The Word Store, a print innovation that embeds vocabulary practice into each lesson. It serves as a reference point and enables learners to create a personal vocabulary record as they work through each unit of the book.

  • Impact - National Geographic Learning

Impact is a four-level series that helps teenage learners to better understand themselves, each other, and the world they live in. Impact features real-world content, stunning photographs and video from authentic sources, and inspiring stories from National Geographic Explorers.

  • Navigate - Oxford University Press

Navigate is a six-level General English course tailored exclusively to adults. The course takes an innovative approach to reading and listening based on academic research as to how adults best learn languages.

  • Students for Peace – Richmond

Students for Peace is a four-level English series for secondary school students, which aims to simultaneously teach English and provide learners with social skills focused on an education for peace and tolerance.

Innovation in learner resources

  • Absolutely English! - Wiener Spielkartenfabrik Ferd. Piatnik & Söhne GmbH

Absolutely English! is a quiz card game comprised of 230 cards with the following categories: Grammar, Vocabulary, Phrases, This & That (miscellaneous questions, e.g. spelling pitfalls, internet chat) and General Knowledge (of English speaking countries).

  • Develop EAP: A Sustainable Academic English Skills Course - Averil Bolster & Peter Levrai

Develop EAP: A Sustainable Academic English Skills Course is an integrated skills English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course. Based on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, it has a wide scope and could be used in both specific and mixed discipline undergraduate classes.

  • IELTS Speaking band score videos - Pete Jones with New Zealand Language Centres Limited

IELTS Speaking band score videos is a series of ten YouTube videos that aims to improve students' IELTS Speaking scores through demystifying the band score descriptors. The series shows IELTS candidates answering IELTS Speaking questions and then presents feedback on their speaking from an experienced IELTS teacher that focuses on particular band score descriptors.

  • My English Voice - My English Voice

myenglishvoice.com publishes free self-study worksheets to accompany YouTube videos featuring speakers of International English e.g. Chinese speakers of English. Students complete the tasks in pairs via Skype and take part in whole class feedback using the chat box in the YouTube Live Broadcast ‘classroom’.

  • Shakespeare Speaks - BBC Learning English with The Open University

Shakespeare Speaks is a series of 20 fun animations for young adult learners of English at B1 level and above. A range of modern English expressions, originating from Shakespeare, are explained and practised by The Bard himself alongside a cast of real and imagined characters.

  • TrashedWorld – TrashedWorld with Blenheim Films

TrashedWorld is a global schools' platform for curriculum exchange work on the topic of waste. Its aim is to help develop English language skills in secondary schools while developing awareness among young people of the worldwide problem of waste and its impact on the environment.

Innovation in teacher resources

  • ETpedia series - Pavilion Publishing and Media Ltd

ETpedia is a series of collections of ideas for teaching English in a printed book format. These one-stop resource books contain a wealth of activities and ideas in one comprehensive volume covering everything from ways to present new vocabulary to classroom management tips.

  • Learning Technologies in EAP: A Practical Online Course for Teachers - Technology-Enhanced Learning Team, English Language Teaching Centre, University of Sheffield

Learning Technologies in EAP: A Practical Online Course for Teachers  is an 11-week, 50-hour online course is designed to give EAP (English for Academic Purposes) teachers the confidence and practical knowledge needed to use a range of tools, apps and web services in the classroom with their EAP students. The course uses Wordpress as a customized VLE to deliver an interactive and practical learning experience where teachers engage with each other and course leaders.

  • Power-Up: Flipping Your Classes - Norwich Institute of Language Education (NILE) and Teacher Training Videos

A Power-Up is an intensive online training course designed to provide teachers with a new set of skills in a short space of time. Strong tutor presence and emphasis on practicality and immediate application set this innovative course apart from other online teacher development courses.

  • The Fluency MC Song and Video Activity Book - Jason R. Levine

Fluency MC is a downloadable book and optional media pack. Both the book and media pack are designed for English language teachers to use in their classrooms with adolescent and adult learners. The downloadable book contains lyrics and activities for 12 songs. An optional media pack includes 36 song files.

  • Tigtag CLIL - Twig World

Tigtag CLIL is an online, film-based resource for teaching science and geography in English to students aged 7-11 using the Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) approach. It includes over 800 short films that use audiovisual input to make learning in a foreign language easier, and 128 learning units that have been tailored to the needs of CLIL classrooms.

  • Videotelling - Jamie Keddie

Videotelling is a resource book to engage ‘screenagers’ and other 21st century students. It offers a bank of short stories, each designed to be told by the teacher in the traditional oral way. The book is full of ideas for immersing and involving students in the narrative. What makes Videotelling unique is that each story is based on the narrative of an authentic online video.

Digital innovation

  • Embassy onTrack - Embassy English

Embassy onTrack is an assessment tool designed specifically for continuous enrolment courses in Anglophone destinations. It is designed to: measure students’ overall proficiency against a set of pre-determined targets at 5-weekly intervals throughout their course; to make this visual such that their progress can be monitored and can be seen to be either above target, onTrack, or below target.

  • Mackenzie Apptivities - Mackenzie School of English with Wildgoose Scotland

Mackenzie Apptivities are  GPS challenges played on iPad minis. These challenges are designed to engage, entertain and inspire students whilst using the most up to date technology. They allow students to learn about their surroundings whilst having lots of fun using the device to complete photo and video challenges along the way.

  • News Review - BBC Learning English

News Review explores how media organisations around the world use and adapt common English vocabulary items in headlines and news stories. Every Tuesday, BBC Learning English takes a high-profile news story and examines the vocabulary used to report it in a range of international media headlines.

  • Practical Writing - ClarityEnglish     

Practical Writing is an interactive resource which helps Intermediate to Advanced students develop their writing skills. The program focuses on text types that EAL students produce for school (essays, reports, notes) and for life (online profiles, official letters, posts to social media).

  • Tube Quizard - Olga Sergeeva and Kirill Sukhomlin

Tube Quizard is a YouTube-based tool aimed at developing listening decoding skills. It allows users, based on any subtitled YouTube video, to automatically generate listening decoding quizzes that train listening decoding of various aspects of connected speech, including comprehension of grammar structures.

Text Inspector (textinspector.com) is a web tool for English teachers, learners, editors and test developers. It allows users quickly to obtain reliable research-based information on the lexical composition and level of any text, to help them make key decisions about their text’s difficulty and its overall level in relation to the CEFR.

Local innovation

  • Digital Literacy for EFL Students - Pegasus ELS – Tetovo

Discover a new and adventurous way of teaching digital skills to students of EFL. Digital Literacy for EFL Students is an innovative programme for teaching ICT and EFL skills, offering basic training in digital literacy for EFL students aged 12-18.

  • EAL-Science Booklets© - University of Sheffield with Sheffield City Council

EAL - Science Booklets © are innovative classroom-based and take-home materials that have been developed – as part of the EAL-Science Project over a period of two years (2013-2015) - to support simultaneous learning of English as a second language and science as a subject-matter by bilingual and multilingual learners in mainstream primary classrooms in England.

  • Hausa-to-English Talking Book 1- MAVIS COMPUTEL LIMITED

Mavis Talking Books™ (MTB) are interactive, audio-visual tools that make learning the English language very simple, motivational and engaging. Users can see the texts/images, hear the audio, play games and more. The goal of Hausa-to-English Talking Book 1 is to provide inclusive quality education for children in Nigeria.

  • The Hands Up Project - The Hands Up Project with Tamer Institute for Community Education, Gaza

The Hands Up Project provides free online English language classes and storytelling sessions through simple video conferencing tools for children who are disadvantaged because of social, political or economic reasons. Most of the children it works with live in refugee camps in Palestine and Jordan.

  • Working in Japan: Video Interviews with 14 Professionals - Cengage Learning (Japan)

Working in Japan is a 14-unit, 128-page EFL course book for university students in Japan. The book includes a DVD that features video interviews with 14 professionals. They come from a wide range of countries and careers, but all are currently based in Japan.