The British Council is calling for worldwide nominations for its 2017 ELTons award scheme which recognises innovation in English language teaching.
The annual awards are into their fifteenth year and celebrate innovation and excellence in different aspects of English language teaching (ELT) around the world.
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 http://englishagenda.britishcouncil.org/eltons
The deadline for submissions is 4 November 2016 and a shortlist will be drawn up by March 2017.
Applications will be judged by a panel of E experts and the winners will be announced in June 2017 at the prestigious ELTons awards ceremony in London.
Anna Searle, Director of English Language at the British Council, said: “The ELTons are our way of celebrating those who have taken time to think creatively and reshape the way we teach and learn English.
“The UK is a leader in producing innovative teaching, and the British Council also leads in recognising and rewarding creative work in English language teaching around the world.
“The award ceremony is a fantastic showcase for ELT authors, publishers, and practitioners from different countries. It’s a platform where we can all learn about the latest innovations and celebrate the new ideas that will shape English language teaching in the years to come.”
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 Catherine Walter a university lecturer in Applied Linguistics at the Department of Education and Fellow of Linacre College, University of Oxford.
She is perhaps most renowned by the global ELT community as the writer of many significant classroom resources including The Cambridge English Course, The New Cambridge English Course, The Good Grammar Book and How English Works (co-written with Michael Swan).
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 digital methods including radio, websites and mobile technology.