Thursday 19 March 2015


The British Council today announced the shortlist for the ELTons 2015, the annual awards celebrating innovation in English language teaching (ELT) from around the world.

Now in their thirteenth 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 globally.

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 4 June 2015.

Anna Searle, Director English Language at British Council said: “The British Council, along with our sponsors, Cambridge English Language Assessment and Macmillan Education, are pleased to announce the ELTons 2015 shortlist. This year, we have once again been impressed by the high-standard of the applications and through these awards, we are delighted to be recognising innovative ELT professionals making a significant contribution across many English language fields. The short list also includes some outstanding applications in the areas of young learners, technology for ELT, EAP and life skills, among others.

“The demand for English across the world continues to grow and we are seeing changes in learner demands, both for new technology to support learning and in expanding market segments. The UK ELT sector remains well placed to respond to this growth in demand, developing innovative approaches to support language learning and teaching needs.

“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 June to celebrate the new ideas that will shape English language teaching in the years to come.”

Nominees in the Macmillan Education Award for New Talent in Writing 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 fifth 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 international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, 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 2015 nominees in full:

Excellence in Course Innovation

Creative English – FaithAction with Queen Mary University of London
Oxford Discover – Oxford University Press
Pathways to Literature – Express Publishing
RMIT English Worldwide Academic English – RMIT English Worldwide with Centre of English Language, RMIT Vietnam
Unlock – Cambridge University Press with Discovery Education

Innovation in learner resources

Atama-ii Graded Reader Series – Atama-ii Books
Bucksmore Young Leaders – Bucksmore Education
Cambridge Discovery Education Interactive Readers Apps – Cambridge University Press with Discovery Education
Easier English Wiki – New Internationalist
Newsmart – News Corp with ELTjam Ltd
Oxford Learner’s Dictionary of Academic English – Oxford University Press with Paragon Software GmbH

Innovation in teacher resources

Going Mobile: Teaching with hand-held devices – Delta Publishing Ltd
Life Skills – Macmillan Education
New Ways in Teaching Business English – TESOL Press
Translation and Own-language Activities – Cambridge University Press
Twinkl EAL Resources – Twinkl Educational Publishing
Using Technology to Enhance Writing: Innovative Approaches to Literacy Instruction –Solution Tree Press

Digital innovation

ARM (Augmented Reality Media) Cubes – Paul Driver
Little Bridge – Little Bridge
NILE Online Courses – NILE (Norwich Institute of Language Education) with Into University Partnerships and The Consultants E
Olive Green – SuperMemo World sp. z o.o.
Playlingo – Playlingo Ltd. with Cambridge University Press

Local innovation

Active Citizenship and English project – Learning Unlimited with Blackfriars Settlement, Working Men’s College and UCL Institute of Education
Early Birds– Macmillan Education
Little helpers – Primary School Lijepa Nasa Tuhelj, Croatia
Talk English  – Manchester Adult Education Service, Manchester City Council with The Department for Communities and Local Government

The Macmillan Education Award for New Talent in Writing

20 Stimulating Lesson Plans for Conversation – Elizabeth Olivia Sempill Chute
T.I.M.E. for teenagers – Nikolay Markov Nikolov
Business Across Cultures 3: Developing Skills for Intercultural Business Situations (Mediation Skills) – Caroline Condron
Gridwalkers (or Masters of the Grid): Mytera’s Fortress – Thomas Fummo
EAP Shakespeare – Dr Chris Lima
English and Study Skills for Academic Business Purposes (Writing) – Ian Pemberton

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.