The Oscars of ELT


Hosted this year by Robert De Niro (a.k.a. Scott Thornbury) and with presenters including Macmillan’s very own Marilyn Monroe (a.k.a. Jo Greig), it was a glittering, star-studded (and unusually warm and sunny) evening in London – and this year there was even a Hollywood-style red carpet. Yes, ladies and gentlemen – the ELTons 2012!

The ELT celebs were out in full force: from the A-list heavyweights (Adrian Underhill, Nik Peachey, Ken Wilson and co) to the Z-list unknowns (err – me!), everyone who was anyone turned up to mingle, sip wine and dine on canapés and Great British bowl food (mini bowls of traditional British dishes, such as Bangers & Mash and Lamb Hotpot).

Of course, it’s not all about the free drinks and fancy finger food (although the mini Eton Mess was simply sublime, darling!); the ELTons is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate everything that’s great about this fascinating, ever-changing industry of ours.

And the winners were:

Macmillan Education Award for Innovative Writing
Sensing Humour ‘in English’ – Kate Khoury, Sarah Raybould and Louise Salim
This award is to recognise the non-celebs – those aspiring writers who haven’t had any work published before – and I’m looking forward to seeing what this comedic trio have in store for us with this new and original idea.

Excellence in Course Innovation
Bell Blended Learning for ELT – Nik Peachey
From the king of all things social and author of onestopenglish’s Tech Tools for Teachers series, this course is bang up-to-the-minute.

Innovation in Learner Resources
Sounds: The Pronunciation App – Macmillan Education
As the cheers rang through the room, it was thrilling to watch our colleagues make their way onto the stage to accept this award for the app-solutely fabulous Sounds Pronunciation App.

Innovation in Teacher Resources
Digital Play – Delta Publishing
The judges thought that this book stood out from other texts on learning technologies because it takes a real-world approach into incorporating technology in the classroom through using authentic game-play.

Digital Innovation
WORDREADY® Academic English – L2
This online vocabulary tool caters for EAP and ESP learners and teachers. The judges described it as “An extraordinary and innovative corpus linguistics enhancement for the ELT market.” As a self-confessed linguistics geek, I’m looking forward to taking a look!

Local Innovation
The Colour of Words – Colour Trick S.I.
The idea of using a colour-coded system to teach pronunciation seems so intuitive that it’s a wonder no one’s thought of it before. You can watch this demonstration video to find out more about this lovely, simple idea.

Lifetime Achievement Award
Alan Maley
ELT granddaddy Alan Maley won this well-deserved award for recognition of his longstanding dedication to the industry. Alan gave a charismatic speech in which he reflected back on his career and the ironic nature of receiving an award like this, offering up some humorous deathbed quotes to amuse the audience. Don’t go anywhere yet, Alan!

If you missed out on being at the big event in person, you can watch a video of the red-carpet interviews and the awards ceremony online here.


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