The British Council is calling for worldwide applications for its 2018 ELTons Awards scheme which recognises innovation in English language teaching.

The annual awards, now in their sixteenth year, are the international awards to recognise innovation in English Language Teaching (ELT) globally and are recognised as the most prestigious awards in the multi-billion pound global sector. In 2017, the awards were streamed online on the British Council’s English Agenda site and for the first time were broadcast live on Facebook attracting an audience of 60,000 people.

This year, ELT professionals from around the world can apply in five categories:

  • Excellence in course innovation
  • Innovation in learner resources
  • Innovation in teacher resources
  • Digital innovation
  • Local innovation

Any ELT professional can apply for consideration for one of the categories including authors, teachers, trainers and publishers. Application packs can be downloaded from

Applications will go through a rigorous judging process in three stages. The deadline for submissions is 3 November 2017 and a shortlist will be drawn up by March 2018.

Survey, sent out to ELTons winners and finalists from the past 10 years, shows that 88% felt the ELTons awards enhanced the reputation of their work. ELTons winners and finalists reported increased visibility of their work, products, publications and brands; had their work featured on external websites as an example of excellence; found opportunities to present at international conferences and to give training sessions or to publish their work; received recognition from colleagues, business contacts and key stakeholders, internally and externally, locally and internationally.

54% of past finalists and winners used the ELTons to create tangible business benefits and 52% used the ELTons to expand their professional networks. 




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About the ELTons

The ELTons (British Council Innovation Awards) are offered to outstanding new language learning products and services, and aspiring ELT authors, that use innovative ideas to help learners achieve their goals, or to innovative research which has clear practical benefits for English language teaching.