Wednesday 19 March 2014

The British Council today announced the shortlist for the ELTons 2014, the annual awards celebrating innovation in English language teaching (ELT) from around the world.

Now in their twelfth year, the awards which are run by the British Council and sponsored by Cambridge English Language Assessment, are the only international awards to recognise innovative ELT products, services and research in English language teaching around the world.

The awards are organised into six categories: Excellence in Course Innovation, Innovation in Learner Resources, Innovation in Teacher Resources, Digital Innovation, Local Innovation and The Macmillan Education Award for New Talent in Writing. (The full list of nominees is below.)

There will be one winner in each category and all the winners will be announced at a ceremony in central London on 22 May.

This year, our Local Innovation category includes nominations for products aimed at learners in Cyprus, Poland and Turkey.

Anna Searle, Director English Language at British Council said: “British Council, along with our sponsors, Cambridge English Language Assessment and Macmillan Education, are pleased to announce the ELTons 2014 shortlist. Once again, we have been impressed by the incredibly high-standard of applications and are delighted to be recognising innovative ELT professionals making a significant contribution across many English language fields, for example in Special Educational Needs (SEN), English for Medicine and ESOL.

“We continue to witness significant growth in the demand for English language learning and teaching, with more users of innovative approach to language learning and teaching being adopted to respond to the needs of learners.  The ELTons recognise new innovations and the impact these can have for English language learners, meeting demand and reflecting new learning styles. 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. We are looking forward to the awards ceremony in May 2014 to celebrate the new ideas that will shape English language teaching in the years to come.”

This year the criteria for the Macmillan Education Award for New Talent in Writing have been broadened in recognition of the rich variety of resources available to teachers. Nominees are 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 British Council Lifetime Achievement Award, now in its fourth year, awards an ELT professional who has made a substantial contribution to the ELT profession throughout their career.

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.

Notes to Editor

ELTons 2014 nominees in full:

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


Skillful - Macmillan Education

Innovation in learner resources - Breaking News

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

Listen Up – Reallyenglish

Innovation in teacher resources

Digital Literacies - Routledge (Taylor and Francis)

Disabled Access Friendly - The Disabled Access Friendly campaign

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 - 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 - Robyn Woodward-Kron

English Digital Kitchen (EDK) - English Digital Kitchen

English English – Dialogics

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

Earth & People 1 - SOP Oświatowiec Toruń

Istanbul Sehir University Corpus - Aslı Abak Şen, Damla Okay, Sam Cosgrove, Emrah Akkurt

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

Summer EAL MOOC - English Online Inc.

The Fair List - Tessa Woodward

The Macmillan Education Award for New Talent in Writing

Compass (Upper Intermediate) - Elizabeth Pinard

Flip, follow and feedback - Laura Nanna

Magic Book 2 - Thomai Alexiou

PLAYDATES Let's play English - Maria Teresa Marino

Rock and Learn - Taera Shaikh

The LexicalPortfolio Course - G.H.Heiman

For more information, please contact Kristen McNicoll in the British Council Press Office on +44 (0)207 389 4967 or


The ELTons (British Council Innovation Awards) are offered to outstanding new language learning products and services, and aspiring ELT authors, that use innovative ideas to help learners achieve their goals, or to innovative research which has clear practical benefits for English language teaching. 

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