If you have created an innovative English language teaching or learning product or service, why not put in an application for the prestigious ELTons awards? The deadline for applications is 3 November 2017.

Ellen Darling

The British Council is calling for worldwide applications for its 2018 ELTons Awards scheme which recognises innovation in English language teaching. The annual awards, now in their sixteenth year, are the international awards to recognise innovation in English language teaching (ELT) globally and are recognised as the most prestigious awards in the sector.

In 2017, the awards were streamed online on the British Council’s EnglishAgenda site and for the first time were broadcast live on Facebook attracting an audience of 60,000 people. This year, ELT professionals from around the world can apply in five categories:

  • Excellence in course innovation
  • Innovation in learner resources
  • Innovation in teacher resources
  • Digital innovation
  • Local innovation

Any ELT professional can apply for consideration for one of the categories including authors, teachers, trainers and publishers. Application packs can be downloaded from the ELTons web pages on EnglishAgenda. Applications will go through a rigorous judging process in three stages. The deadline for submissions is 3 November 2017 and a shortlist will be drawn up by March 2018. The judges, chosen for their expertise in the English language learning sector, will work at a distance, with all communication by email through a moderator and, like the rest of the audience, will not know the outcome until the envelope is opened at the ELTons Awards ceremony in London in June 2018.

A survey, sent out to ELTons winners and finalists from the past ten years, shows that 88% felt the ELTons awards enhanced the reputation of their work. ELTons winners and finalists reported increased visibility of their work, products, publications and brands; had their work featured on external websites as an example of excellence; found opportunities to present at international conferences and to give training sessions or to publish their work; received recognition from colleagues, business contacts and key stakeholders, internally and externally, locally and internationally. 54% of past finalists and winners used the ELTons to create tangible business benefits and over half used the ELTons to expand their professional networks.

Anna Searle, Director English Language at the British Council, said: 'The ELTons Awards for Innovation in English language teaching is an annual opportunity to celebrate the most innovative products, publications, apps and projects which support English language learners and teachers around the world in achieving their teaching and learning goals. It is also an opportunity that we take every year to recognise and celebrate the companies, the teams and the individuals, whose work is shaping the future of English language teaching.'

The ceremony will also see the announcement of the British Council Lifetime Achievement Award, for an ELT professional who has made a substantial contribution to the sector throughout their career. Last year’s winner was Professor Ronald Carter MBE (University of Nottingham, MBE for services to education). Professor Carter has been a major positive influence in English Language Teaching, with a service spanning several decades. He has written and edited over forty books and over one hundred articles, including the very influential Cambridge Grammar of English (CUP, 2006), co-written with Michael McCarthy, which won the 2007 British Council English Language Innovation Award. Ron has been a pioneer in the application of corpora (especially spoken ones) to the development of pedagogical materials and teacher resources. 

Visit the ELTons web pages to find out more.

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