Monday 28 September 2015

The British Council is calling English language teaching professionals around the world to enter the ELTons 2016, it has been announced.

The annual awards, run by the British Council and sponsored by Cambridge English Language Assessment and Macmillan Education, are now in their fourteenth year and celebrate innovation and excellence in English language teaching (ELT) worldwide.

ELT professionals can apply in five categories: Excellence in course innovation, Innovation in learner resources, Innovation in teacher resources, Digital innovation, and Local innovation, as well as The Macmillan Education Award for New Talent in Writing.

Submissions for the Macmillan Education Award for New Talent in Writing are welcome from aspiring ELT authors who may have chosen to self-publish or make their voices heard through different media such as blogs, eBooks or within their own institutions.

The award is open to proposals big and small, from original lesson plans, blogs, research or articles to ideas for fully-fledged products.

The British Council Lifetime Achievement Award, now in its sixth year, awards an ELT professional who has made a substantial contribution to the ELT profession throughout their career. Last year’s winner was Henry Widdowson, a leading authority in applied linguistics and in communicative language teaching, an approach which stresses the importance of interaction, authentic, natural language, a focus on the learning process, and on the student’s personal experiences both inside and outside the classroom.

Anna Searle, Director of English Language at the British Council, said: “English language teaching remains in high demand throughout the world and the UK is a leader in responding to this demand, through innovative approaches to direct and online learning support, and through high quality research and publications which support innovations in English language learning and teaching. 

“The ELTons recognises innovations in English Language Learning and is an excellent opportunity to profile the UK’s position as leaders in English language teaching and learning support. These awards are a great way to support and showcase the creativity in the sector, and to help to bring new ideas to the wider ELT community. The award ceremony proves to be a fantastic event, where ELT authors, publishers, and practitioners from around the world can find out more about new innovations and celebrate the new ideas that will shape English language teaching in the years to come.”

The British Council is the UK’s cultural relations organisation, and builds relationships for the UK through English, education and the arts. It teaches English in more than 80 countries through face-to-face contact and innovative methods including radio, the internet and mobile technology.

Any ELT professional can apply for consideration for one of the categories including authors, teachers, trainers and publishers. 

Applications will be judged by a panel of ELT experts and the winners are announced at a prestigious ELTons awards ceremony, held in London in June 2016.

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide. 

We work in more than 100 countries and our 7000 staff – including 2000 teachers – work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year teaching English, sharing the Arts and in education and society programmes.

We are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter. A publically-funded grant-in-aid provides less than a quarter of our turnover which last year was £781m.  The rest we earn from English teaching, UK exams and services which customers around the world pay for, through education and development contracts and from partnerships with other institutions, brands and companies.  All our work is in pursuit of our charitable purpose and creates prosperity and security for the UK and the countries we work in all around the world.

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