Tuesday 06 September 2016


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. 

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 16 per cent of our turnover which last year was £973 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/.