Thursday 04 October 2018


The British Council is once again looking for the latest and most innovative resources to learn and teach English. The call for applications to the 17th ELTons Awards for Innovation in English language teaching is now open.

 Over the past seventeen years, the British Council’s ELTons Innovation Awards have celebrated the original courses, publications, projects, apps, and platforms, and more, finding new ways to meet the needs of English language learners and teachers around the world. In 2018, an impressive field of 110 entries came from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas, spanning the different needs of English language learners at every age, in diverse contexts.

 We’re now looking for entries to the ELTons 2019 which have been developed in the last two years, which:

 Demonstrate excellence in innovation and functionality in helping English language teachers and learners meet their goals.

  • Across the full breadth of media (non-digital or digital).
  • From a wide variety of contexts and applicants worldwide: from large organisations and start-ups, to government programmes and individual entrepreneurs, as well as those in low-resource contexts.

The British Council is committed to making sure the ELTons Innovation Awards are inclusive and reflect the broad diversity of English language education around the world. We welcome and encourage applications from all backgrounds.

 Applications are assessed by panels of expert judges, independently, individually and behind closed doors (using the Delphi method).

 In a survey of ELTons winners and finalists of the past decade, 88% reported increased visibility for their work and brands through the awards and more than half used the awards to generate new business and toexpand their networks. Those making it through as an ELTons’ finalist will be invited to the highly anticipated ELTons awards’ ceremony, held in London in June 2019.

 ELTons 2019 award categories

 Professionals in English language education around the world – educators, leaders, publishers, project managers, writers and authors – are invited to apply for the prestigious, international awards, across one of the five ELTons’ categories:

 ·         Digital innovation – Use of digital technology or media – cutting edge technologies, or original use of existing technology – to benefit high-quality English language learning

·         Local innovation – Resources or project innovating to meet specific, local needs, within local, national or regional contexts around the world

·         Excellence in course innovation – Courses using a fresh variety of content, formats or media, to help learners achieve stretching levels of English language proficiency

·         Innovation in teacher resources – Resources supporting English language teaching professionals, whether through teacher training, education, or Continuing Professional Development.

·         Innovation in learner resources – Services, activities, materials or works using innovative means to improve English language learners’ proficiency in vocabulary, grammar, fluency, receptive and productive skills, or vital language skills for study or for work

Notes to Editor

 Applications are open until Friday 2 November 2019, 23.59 (UK time.  Applicants are notified of going through to round two in December.

Application packs can be downloaded at:

For further information, please contact

About the British Council

About the ELTons

The ELTons Innovation Awards, now in their 17th year, are the international awards that recognise and celebrate innovation in English language teaching (ELT). The awards recognise innovative educational products, publications, apps and projects meeting high standards of excellence in innovation and supporting English language learners and teachers achieve their teaching and learning goals.