The headquarters of The British Medical Association was the august venue for The English Language Teaching Awards, or The ELTons as they are known in the language education industry. Unique put on our smartest clothes and attended the event. Our nominations for various awards were obviously lost in the post, but it was an honour just to be there, etc.
There are six categories for the awards:-
Excellence in Course Innovation
Innovation in Learner Resources
Innovation in Teacher Resources
The Macmillan Education Award for New Talent in Writing
As you can see, the awards are more focused on resources in English language learning rather than actual teaching. We take a particular interest in Business English and English for Medical Purposes and it was great to see some useful resources in those areas. You can find out more about the winners on the British Council website.
As with most ceremonies, at the end of the night there was a Lifetime Achievement Award. This year's went to Michael Swan, who I was only aware of as an author of books on English grammar, but it seems that he is also an award-winning poet. His award was well-received and there was a standing ovation from the packed auditorium.
One can never fail to be impressed by the range of creativity coming through the English language training industry, with parts of the market that might usually be ignored (dyslexic students/disabled peoples' awareness) being included and more useful materials for EFL tutors being launched which move away from simple coursebooks.