ELTons Awards 2015!

The ELTons Awards ceremony took place on Thursday 4 June. Find out which outstanding English language teaching products and services are this year's ELTons award winners.

Watch a recording of the red carpet interviews with Jamie Keddie and see the entire awards ceremony, presented by Angela Rippon OBE. Read Jamie's reflections on the event.

Watch interviews with the proud winners on the tab below and see the photo gallery.

2015 winners

ELTons 2015 winners

We are pleased to reveal the winners of the ELTons 2015, the only international awards to recognise innovative achievement in ELT globally.

Now in their thirteenth year, the annual awards, which are sponsored by Cambridge English Language Assessment, are a celebration of innovation and excellence in ELT from around the world.

Watch interviews with the winners below:

See the photo gallery from the evening!

Details of the winners

The British Council Lifetime Achievement Award

Henry Widdowson

This year’s British Council Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Henry Widdowson, is a leading authority in applied linguistics and in communicative language teaching, an approach which stresses the importance of interaction, authentic, natural language, a focus on the learning process, and on the student’s personal experiences both inside and outside the classroom.

Excellence in Course Innovation

Oxford Discover

Lesley Koustaff, Susan Rivers, Kathleen Kampa, Charles Vilina and Kenna Bourke
Oxford University Press

Innovation in Learner Resources

Oxford Learner’s Dictionary of Academic English

Diana Lea, Victoria Bull, Suzanne Holloway and Robert Duncan
Oxford University Press, with Paragon Software GmbH (app)

Innovation in Teacher Resources

Life Skills

Carol Higho, Dulcie Ball, Emma-Sue Prince, Rob Nicholas, Chris Rose, Jonathan Marks and various others. 
Macmillan Education

Digital Innovation

Little Bridge

Paul Rogers and Nigel Forward
Little Bridge

Local Innovation

Talk English

Michaela Salmon and Nuala Trace
Manchester Adult Education Service, Manchester City Council with The Department for Communities and Local Government (UK)

The Macmillan Education Award for New Talent in Writing

EAP Shakespeare

Dr Chris Lima

Eltons 2015 video

ELTons 2015 livestream of the ceremony

The award ceremony was live-streamed on 4 June.


1815-1900 BST: Red carpet interviews with Jamie Keddie; teacher, teacher trainer, writer and a previous ELTons award winner.

1900-2015 BST: ELTons Awards Ceremony, hosted by Angela Rippon OBE, writer and presenter.

2015 nominees

ELTons 2015 nominees

Find out who was nominated for an ELTons award in 2015.

Here are the 2015 nominees, selected by a panel of expert judges using the Delphi technique. There can only be one winner in each category, but getting to the shortlist stage is an important achievement and shows that these are highly worthy and innovative English Language teaching products.

Excellence in course innovation

Academic English – RMIT English Worldwide (in collaboration with RMIT Vietnam's Centre of English Language)
Creative English – FaithAction with Queen Mary University of London
Oxford Discover – Oxford University Press
Pathways to Literature – Express Publishing
Unlock – Cambridge University Press with Discovery Education

Innovation in learner resources

Atama-ii Graded Reader Series – Atama-ii Books
Bucksmore Young Leaders – Bucksmore Education
Cambridge Discovery Education Interactive Readers Apps – Cambridge University Press with Discovery Education
Easier English Wiki – New Internationalist
Newsmart – Dow Jones with ELTjam Ltd
Oxford Learner’s Dictionary of Academic English – Oxford University Press with Paragon Software GmbH (app)

Innovation in teacher resources

Going Mobile: Teaching with hand-held devices – Delta Publishing Ltd
Life Skills – Macmillan Education
New Ways in Teaching Business English – TESOL Press
Translation and Own-language Activities – Cambridge University Press
Twinkl EAL Resources – Twinkl Educational Publishing
Using Technology to Enhance Writing: Innovative Approaches to Literacy Instruction – Solution Tree Press

Digital innovation

ARM (Augmented Reality Media) Cubes – Paul Driver
Lingopolis – Playlingo Ltd. with Cambridge University Press
Little Bridge – Little Bridge
NILE Online Courses – NILE (Norwich Institute of Language Education) with INTO University Partnerships and The Consultants E
Olive Green – SuperMemo World sp. z o.o.

Local innovation

Active Citizenship and English project – Learning Unlimited with Blackfriars Settlement, Working Men’s College and UCL Institute of Education
Early Birds – Macmillan Education
Little helpers – Primary School Lijepa naša Tuhelj, (Croatia)
Talk English  – Manchester Adult Education Service, Manchester City Council with The Department for Communities and Local Government

The Macmillan Education Award for New Talent in Writing

20 Stimulating Lesson Plans for Conversation – Elizabeth Olivia Sempill Chute
Business Across Cultures 3: Developing Skills for Intercultural Business Situations (Mediation Skills) – Caroline Condron
EAP Shakespeare – Dr Chris Lima
English and Study Skills for Academic Business Purposes (Writing) – Ian Pemberton
Gridmasters: Mytera's Fortress – Thomas Fummo
T.I.M.E. for teenagers (a practical book set) – Nikolay Markov Nikolov


The sponsors

Cambridge English Language Assessment

Cambridge English Language Assessment is pleased to sponsor the ELTons, which reward innovative ELT products, services and research in English language teaching around the world and in UK.

2013 is the centenary of the Cambridge English exams, which are now taken by over 4 million people every year in 130 countries and recognised by nearly 14,000 universities, employers and government departments. They are backed by a world-leading program of academic and practical research and by quality management systems certified to international standards.
Cambridge English Language Assessment (formerly Cambridge ESOL) is part of the University of Cambridge.

Macmillan Education

Macmillan Education embraces innovation through its award-winning publishing and its approach to delivering high-quality products in various media and to new niche markets. We're delighted to sponsor the British Council’s new Award for Innovative Writing to help give new authors a chance to make their first step into a writing career with the help of an internationally recognised publisher.

Previous ELTons



Watch the highlights of the 2014 ELTons award ceremony, which was held on 22nd May at BMA House in central London. Anna Searle, Director of English Language at the British Council, introduced the awards.


The 2013 ELTons Award ceremony was held on 22nd May at BMA House in central London. Anna Searle, who is Director of English Language at the British Council, presented the awards.



The 2012 ELTons Award ceremony was held on 23rd May at BMA House in central London. Scott Thornbury presented the awards. For the first time, UK and international ELT professionals competed alongside each other in the same categories – in recognition of the increased mobility and globalisation in the sector.


The 2011 awards ceremony took place on 23rd February in central London. Jeremy Harmer was the guest presenter for the evening. Sponsored by Cambridge ESOL, awards were given in four categories; The UK Award for Innovation, The Cambridge ESOL International Award for Innovation, The Macmillan Education Award for Innovative Writing and, new for 2011, The Lifetime Achievement Award for English Language Teaching.


The ceremony, sponsored by Cambridge ESOL, took place on 3 March in London, marking the eighth year of the prestigious awards. Ken Wilson was the guest presenter.

About the ELTons

The ELTons, sponsored by Cambridge English, are the only international awards that recognise and celebrate innovation in English language teaching (ELT). They reward educational resources that help English language learners and teachers to achieve their goals.

Applications are submitted online by 14th November and they are judged by an independent panel of ELT experts, using the Delphi Technique.

The nominees are announced in March and the winners are announced at the awards ceremony in central London in June.

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