The ELTons

Nominees announced!

The ELTons, sponsored by Cambridge English, are the only international awards that recognise and celebrate innovation in the field of English language teaching.
See the ELTons shortlist below for a list of nominees for the 2014 awards. The winners will be announced at the award ceremony in London in May. Please click the tabs below for more information about the awards.

2014 nominees

ELTons nominees announced!

The ELTons 2014 shortlists have been announced! Below are the nominees, selected by a panel of expert judges using the Delphi technique, who are in the running to win a prestigious ELTon award. Here are the 2014 nominees in full:

Excellence in Course Innovation

Access EAP: Frameworks - Garnet Education
Dyslexia for Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (Dystefl) - Dystefl Project
ESOL National 4 - K2L Ltd
OUR WORLD - National Geographic Learning
Picaro - Kaplan International English
Skillful - Macmillan Education

Innovation in Learner Resources - Sean Banville
Academic Skills Series - Collins
Discover our Amazing World CLIL READERS - Express Publishing
How to speak English; The pronunciation App - Kaplan International English
International Management English series: Leading People, Managing Projects, Managing Change, Working Virtually - Delta Publishing Ltd
ListenUp - Reallyenglish

Innovation in Teacher Resources

Digital Literacies - Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
The Disabled Access Friendly campaign - Katie Quartano and Paul Shaw
Language Learning with Technology: Ideas for Integrating Technology in the Classroom - Cambridge University Press
Language Teaching Insights From Other Fields: Sports, Arts, Design and More - Christopher Stillwell, TESOL
My First Digital Journey - Jennifer Verschoor & Özge Karaoğlu
Phonology for Listening: Teaching the Stream of Speech - Speech in Action, eBook by Firsty Group.

Digital Innovation 

Doctors Speak Up: Communication and Language Skills for International Medical Graduates - R. Woodward-Kron, C. Bow, C. Fraser, J. Pill, E. Flynn  
English Digital Kitchen - Newcastle University
English English – Dialogics and The Full English
Speak and Learn Business English - Phone English
IELTS Skills app – Macmillan Education
The Big Picture App – Richmond
Urban Chronicles - Paul Driver

Local Innovation 

An English Language Learning Programme for Young Learners / ‘Friends’ - Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture
Earth & People 1 - SOP Oświatowiec Toruń  
Istanbul Sehir University Corpus - Aslı Abak Şen, Damla Okay, Sam Cosgrove, Emrah Akkurt
P.A.L.S Scheme, (Promoting Acceptance of Language Students) - Country Cousins Ltd
Summer EAL MOOC - English Online Inc.
The Fair List, UK - Tessa Woodward 

The Macmillan Education Award for New Talent in Writing

Compass (Upper Intermediate) - Elizabeth (Lizzie) Pinard
Flip, follow and feedback - Laura Nanna
Magic Book 2 - Thomaï Alexiou & Marina Mattheoudaki
PLAYDATES Let's play English - Maria Teresa Marino
Rock and Learn - Taera Shaikh
The LexicalPortfolio Course - G.H.Heiman


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.

2013 winners


Mary Glasgow Scholastic - ELTons 2013 winner of the award for innovation in learner resources

British TV comes straight to the classroom with the Scholastic DVD Readers series! TheScholastic DVD Readers are a new innovative form of graded reader, blending non-fiction content area topics with episodes from top British TV series.


Y.L. Teresa Ting - ELTons 2013 winner of the Macmillan Education Award for innovative writing

Can EFL-teachers deal with science-content at upper-secondary? What if science-teachers master “only” elementary-level English?” CLIL - Biology Towards IGCSE is a product that answers these challenges in a pragmatic way.


Helbling Languages - ELTons 2013 winner of the award for excellence in course innovation

Hooray! Let’s play! is a brand new innovative course for teaching English to 3 to 5-year-olds. The course has a unique multisensory approach that develops young children’s core thinking and motor neuron skills.


Kieran Donaghy - ELTons 2013 winner of the award for innovation in teacher resources

Film English is a website which seeks to explore the possibilities which moving images, especially short films, offer to both language teachers and language learners.


Speech in Action/Firsty Group - ELTons 2013 winner of the award for digital innovation

Cool Speech: Hot Listening, Cool Pronunciation is an iPad application - a course in listening and pronunciation for upper-intermediate and advanced learners.

Previous ELTons



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.


The  ELTons 2009 awards ceremony, sponsored by Cambridge ESOL, took place on 4 March in London, marking the seventh year of the prestigious awards. The winners in the UK and International categories were nominated by an expert panel of judges. Lord Neil Kinnock, Chairman of the British Council at that time, presented the awards.


The  ELTons 2008 awards ceremony took place at the Delfina studios near London Bridge on 7th March. The guest presenter for the evening was the world-famous linguist, David Crystal.

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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 the end of 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 May.

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