Wednesday 27 March 2013

The British Council today announced the short-list for the ELTons 2013. Now in their eleventh year, the awards run by the British Council and sponsored by Cambridge English, are a celebration of excellence in English language teaching (ELT) from around the world.

The awards have been organised into six categories this year: Excellence in Course Innovation, Innovation in Learner Resources, Innovation in Teacher Resources, Digital Innovation, Local Innovation and The Macmillan Education Award for Innovative Writing, which is now in its fourth year. (See below for the full list of nominees)

There will be one winner in each category. All the winners will be announced at a ceremony in central London on 22 May 2013. Each of the winners receives £1,000 cash prize along with the much sought-after ELTon statuette. 

Anna Searle, Director of English Language at the British Council said: "The ELTons are the only international awards in English Language teaching that recognise and celebrate innovation in this field and the awards have therefore grown to become an essential fixture in the ELT calendar. The ELTons are a wonderful opportunity to showcase innovative ELT products and creative ELT authors from around the world. We are very proud to be able to bring the ELT community together to celebrate and reward those that help English language learners and teachers around the world achieve their English language goals.”

The Macmillan Education Award for Innovative Writing is sponsored by Macmillan Education and gives previously unpublished writers the opportunity to win a £1,000 prize and have their work published. Through this award the British Council aims to discover and encourage up and coming ELT authors to take the next step in their writing careers.

The British Council Lifetime Achievement Award, now in its third year will also be presented. This awards an ELT professional who has made a substantial contribution to the ELT profession throughout their career.

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.


ELTons 2012 nominees in full:


Excellence in Course Innovation


Brainwave - Macmillan Education

Hooray! Let’s play! - Helbling Languages

Life - National Geographic Learning

Progressive Skills in English - Garnet Education

Smart English A2 - Brookemead ELT

Super Minds, Starter to Level 4 - Cambridge University Press


Innovation in Learner Resources


A Handbook of Spoken Grammar - Strategies for speaking natural English - Delta Publishing Ltd

Baby Beetles English/Russian Edition - Yellow House English Ltd

DVD Readers - Mary Glasgow Scholastic

English Grammar in Use Online - Cambridge University Press

Owl Hall - Macmillan Education

Oxford Wordpower Dictionary, 4th edition, with Oxford iWriter on CD ROM - Oxford University Press


Innovation in Teacher Resources


Classroom Management Techniques - Cambridge University Press

#eltpics - #eltpics

ELT Teacher 2 Writer - ELT Teacher 2 Writer

Film English - Kieran Donaghy

Get on Stage! - Helbling Languages

Teaching Spelling to English Language Learners - Johanna Stirling


Digital Innovation


Apps by Kids - Terakki Foundation Schools

Cool Speech: Hot Listening, Cool Pronunciation - Speech in Action/Firsty Group

Happy Rhymes 1 - Express Publishing

Spywalk: A Pervasive Game for Language Learners - Paul John Driver

Teacher EDU - 4n Media Group

The Round - The Round


Local Innovation


Advanced English Lessons for Non-native English Teachers - Stowarzyszenie Nauczycieli Języka Angielskiego w Polsce IATEFL Poland

BBC Janala Amar Engreji Course (“My English Course”) - BBC Media Action

Discuss with Us - Meltem Akbulut Yıldırmış, Aslı Abak Şen

English for tour guide: Destinations in NhaTrang city - Vo Tu Phuong (ed), Vo Van Dung, Hoang Minh Tuan

English in Action: Teaching and Learning Programme - English in Action

TIC en el AULA - Rita Zeinstejer and Jennifer Verschoor


The Macmillan Education Award for Innovative Writing


Academic speaking that works - Christina Gkonou, Cynthia Rocha

CLIL-Biology Towards IGCSE: Content and Language Integrated Learning towards International Science standards - Y.L. Teresa Ting

E-Syllabus For Spoken English Promoters - Prof .Mangayarkarasi

More English More Fun - Mahmoud Ashry Mohammad 

The Ever Realms - Daniel Brown

The linguistic genius of babies: what does it mean for grown-ups? - Katie Harris



About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide. We work in over 100 countries in the arts, education and English and in 2010/11 we engaged face to face with 30 million people and reached 578 million. We have 6,800 staff worldwide. Our total turnover in 2010/11 was £693 million, of which our grant-in-aid from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office was £190 million. The remainder was generated through trading activities such as English language teaching. For every £1 of taxpayer money invested we earn £2.65 in additional income.