The British Council announced the finalists for the ELTons 2017. The ELTons are now in their fifteenth year and are the only international awards that recognise and celebrate innovation in English language teaching (ELT).
The ELTons are the only international awards that recognise and celebrate innovation in English language teaching (ELT). They reward innovative educational resources that help English language learners and teachers to achieve their goals.
In survey of past finalists and winners 88% reported enhanced reputation for their work, their teams and organisations. Many shared examples of how they had built their networks, enhanced professional development and created tangible business benefits as a result. A past finalist noted of their involvement in the ELTons Awards: “It has allowed us to interact with a calibre of potential partner that we might not have been able to reach otherwise.'
Anna Searle, British Council Director English Language said: “We’re delighted to be able to announce the finalists for the 15th British Council ELTons Awards for Innovation in English Language Teaching 2017. A panel of experts began work in January to independently (and individually, behind closed doors) assess each of the products, publications, apps and projects against criteria of: excellence in innovation and functional application to support English language learners and teachers achieve their teaching and learning goals.
The process objectively establishes the high quality of the products and, from a highly competitive field of 115 international submissions, puts forward just 26 as finalists. For this reason, becoming a finalist of the British Council ELTons Awards is no small feat and as we go into round two of judging, we wish all finalists, the companies, teams and individuals involved every success.
Like the judges, we won't find out the winners until the night of the ELTons Awards ceremony in June 2017, where finalists and judges will join 300 leaders from the world of English language education. We're pleased to welcome for 2017 our celebrity host, lexicographer and etymologist, Susie Dent from Channel 4's Countdown, to celebrate the innovations set to shape English language teaching, learning and assessment for years to come.”
The panel of expert judges from the field now return to round two of testing the products for the criteria of innovation and practical functionality for learners and teachers. The winners will be announced at the 15th British Council ELTons Innovation Awards, on Wednesday 14 June 2017, at Altitude 360 in London. The ceremony will be webcast live. Find more information here.
The full list of finalists can be found below:
Category: Excellence in course innovation
Cambridge English Empower - Cambridge University Press with Cambridge English Language Assessment
Cambridge English Empower is a six-level British English Adult course that offers a unique mix of engaging classroom materials, validated assessment, and personalized practice to enable learners to make consistent and measurable progress.
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Dex - Macmillan Education
Dex is a three-level course for teaching English at pre-primary level, offering a range of highly integrated components that provide pupils with home and school practice. Teaching is supported with storycards, vocabulary flashcards and wallhanging, audio and song CDs, nursery rhyme videos, storytelling videos, a puppet, and a bank of fun learning games.
Focus Global, featuring the Word Store - Pearson English
Focus is a blended 5-level English course for upper secondary students. It includes, The Word Store, a print innovation that embeds vocabulary practice into each lesson. It serves as a reference point and enables learners to create a personal vocabulary record as they work through each unit of the book.
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Impact - National Geographic Learning
Impact is a four-level series that helps teenage learners to better understand themselves, each other, and the world they live in. Impact features real-world content, stunning photographs and video from authentic sources, and inspiring stories from National Geographic Explorers.
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Navigate - Oxford University Press
Navigate is a six-level General English course tailored exclusively to adults. The course takes an innovative approach to reading and listening based on academic research as to how adults best learn languages.
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Students for Peace – Richmond
Students for Peace is a four-level English series for secondary school students, which aims to simultaneously teach English and provide learners with social skills focused on an education for peace and tolerance.
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Category: Innovation in teacher resources
ETpedia series - Pavilion Publishing and Media Ltd
ETpedia is a series of collections of ideas for teaching English in both printed book format and a blog. These resources contain a wealth of activities and ideas in one place and the content is divided into units of 10 tips, ideas or activities so that it’s easy to find what you’re looking for. The ETpedia series covers many areas of teaching with current book titles on Young Learners, Business English, Materials Writing and Technology and unit topics including preparation and planning, classroom activities, classroom management and teacher development.
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Learning Technologies in EAP: A Practical Online Course for Teachers - Technology-Enhanced Learning Team, English Language Teaching Centre, University of Sheffield
Learning Technologies in EAP: A Practical Online Course for Teachers, an 11-week, 50-hour online course, is designed to give EAP (English for Academic Purposes) teachers the confidence and practical knowledge needed to use a range of tools, apps and web services in the classroom with their EAP students. The course uses Wordpress as a customized VLE to deliver an interactive and practical learning experience where teachers engage with each other and course leaders.
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Power-Up: Flipping Your Classes - Norwich Institute of Language Education (NILE) and Teacher Training Videos
A Power-Up is an intensive online training course designed to provide teachers with a new set of skills in a short space of time. Strong tutor presence and emphasis on practicality and immediate application set this innovative course apart from other online teacher development courses.
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The Fluency MC Song and Video Activity Book - Jason R. Levine
Fluency MC is a downloadable book and optional media pack. Both the book and media pack are designed for English language teachers to use in their classrooms with adolescent and adult learners. The downloadable book contains lyrics and activities for 12 songs. An optional media pack includes 36 song files.
Find out more about The Fluency MC
Tigtag CLIL - Twig World
Tigtag CLIL is an online, film-based resource for teaching science and geography in English to students aged 7-11 using the Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) approach. It includes over 800 short films that use audiovisual input to make learning in a foreign language easier, and 128 learning units that have been tailored to the needs of CLIL classrooms.
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Videotelling - Jamie Keddie
Videotelling is a resource book to engage ‘screenagers’ and other 21st century students. It offers a bank of short stories, each designed to be told by the teacher in the traditional oral way. The book is full of ideas for immersing and involving students in the narrative. What makes Videotelling unique is that each story is based on the narrative of an authentic online video.
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Category: Digital innovation
Embassy onTrack - Embassy English
Embassy onTrack is an assessment tool designed specifically for continuous enrolment courses in Anglophone destinations. It is designed to: measure students’ overall proficiency against a set of pre-determined targets at 5-weekly intervals throughout their course; to make this visual such that their progress can be monitored and can be seen to be either above target, onTrack, or below target.
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Mackenzie Apptivities - Mackenzie School of English with Wildgoose Scotland
Mackenzie Apptivities are GPS challenges played on iPad minis. These challenges are designed to engage, entertain and inspire students whilst using the most up to date technology. They allow students to learn about their surroundings whilst having lots of fun using the device to complete photo and video challenges along the way.
Find out more about Mackenzie Apptivities
News Review - BBC Learning English
News Review explores how media organisations around the world use and adapt common English vocabulary items in headlines and news stories. Every Tuesday, BBC Learning English takes a high-profile news story and examines the vocabulary used to report it in a range of international media headlines.
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Practical Writing - ClarityEnglish
Practical Writing is for students who need to use written English both at school and in their personal life. Whether they are writing a descriptive essay for their teacher or sending a text to a friend, Practical Writing helps them structure their message, select the right vocabulary and choose the most appropriate style. With network and online delivery, tablet versions, a phone app and printable downloads, Practical Writing aims to reach out to the broadest range of students.
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TubeQuizard - Olga Sergeeva and Kirill Sukhomlin
TubeQuizard is a YouTube-based tool aimed at developing listening decoding skills. It allows users, based on any subtitled YouTube video, to automatically generate listening decoding quizzes that train listening decoding of various aspects of connected speech, including comprehension of grammar structures.
Text Inspector (textinspector.com) is a web tool for English teachers, learners, editors and test developers. It allows users quickly to obtain reliable research-based information on the lexical composition and level of any text, to help them make key decisions about their text’s difficulty and its overall level in relation to the CEFR.
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Category: Local innovation
Digital Literacy for EFL Students - Pegasus ELS – Tetovo
Discover a new and adventurous way of teaching digital skills to students of EFL. Digital Literacy for EFL Students is an innovative programme for teaching ICT and EFL skills, offering basic training in digital literacy for EFL students aged 12-18.
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EAL-Science Booklets - University of Sheffield with Sheffield City Council
EAL - Science Booklets © are innovative classroom-based and take-home materials that have been developed – as part of the EAL-Science Project over a period of two years (2013-2015) - to support simultaneous learning of English as a second language and science as a subject-matter by bilingual and multilingual learners in mainstream primary classrooms in England.
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Hausa-to-English Talking Book 1- MAVIS COMPUTEL LIMITED
Mavis Talking Books™ (MTB) are interactive, audio-visual tools that make learning the English language very simple, motivational and engaging. Users can see the texts/images, hear the audio, play games and more. The goal of Hausa-to-English Talking Book 1 is to provide inclusive quality education for children in Nigeria.
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The Hands Up Project – The Hands Up Project with Tamer Institute for Community Education, Gaza, UNRWA, Gaza, and West Bank Relief International, Zaatari refugee camp, Jordan
The Hands Up Project provides free online English language classes and storytelling sessions through simple video conferencing tools for children who are disadvantaged because of social, political or economic reasons. Most of the children it works with live in refugee camps in Palestine and Jordan.
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Working in Japan: Video Interviews with 14 Professionals - National Geographic Learning (Japan)
Working in Japan is a 14-unit, 128-page EFL course book for university students in Japan. The book includes a DVD that features video interviews with 14 professionals. They come from a wide range of countries and careers, but all are currently based in Japan.
Find out more about Working in Japan