Tuesday 01 September 2015


The British Council is calling English language teaching professionals around the world to enter the ELTons 2016.

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 recognise innovation 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. Application packs can be downloaded from http://englishagenda.britishcouncil.org/eltons and the deadline for submissions is 6 November 2015.

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.

Notes to Editor

For more information, contact Kristen McNicoll in the British Council Press Office on +44 (0) 207 389 4967 or kristen.mcnicoll@britishcouncil.org


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. For more information please visit http://englishagenda.britishcouncil.org/eltons

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. 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 8,000 staff – including 2,000 teachers – work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year by teaching English, sharing the arts and delivering education and society programmes.

We are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter. A core publicly-funded grant provides 20 per cent of our turnover which last year was £864 million. The rest of our revenues are earned from services which customers around the world pay for, such as English classes and taking UK examinations, and also through education and development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisations. All our work is in pursuit of our charitable purpose and supports prosperity and security for the UK and globally.

For more information, please visit: www.britishcouncil.org. You can also keep in touch with the British Council through http://twitter.com/britishcouncil and http://blog.britishcouncil.org/.