Application deadline:

8 November, 23.59 UK time
9 November, 7.59 Beijing time

The British Council is once again looking for the latest and most innovative resources to learn and teach English, across the full breadth of media (non-digital or digital) and from a wide variety of contexts worldwide. The call for applications to the 18th ELTons Awards for Innovation in English language teaching is now open.

To mark the ELTons 18th anniversary we want to celebrate the broad diversity of English language education around the world. Over the past eighteen years, the British Council’s ELTons Innovation Awards have recognised the original courses, publications, projects, apps, and platforms, and more, finding new ways to meet the needs of English language learners and teachers around the world.

Innovation is truly international. In 2018 entries were received from 45 countries across six continents. The most entries originated from the UK, Spain, Brazil, the USA, India and the Ukraine, though with multiple entries notable from Nigeria, Japan, China and central Asian countries (Armenia, Uzbekistan, Georgia and Kazakhstan). 

We’re now looking for entries to the ELTons 2020 which have been developed in the last two years, which demonstrate excellence in innovation and functionality in helping English language teachers and learners meet their goals.

  • If you’re an educator in a low-resource classroom, a member of a large international team or organisation dedicated to high quality education, an innovator at a start-up, a fledgling entrepreneur, or flying solo, we want to hear from you. If you have been involved in the creation of new resources in support of high quality English language education, now or soon to be available for teachers and learners, submit your application to the ELTons awards.

The ELTons’ expert panels of judges work independently (and individually, behind closed doors, using the Delphi method) to assess each submission, looking for the truly original and highly practical aspects of submissions, to reveal the most innovative ways to teach and learn English in 2020.

The call for applications is now open. Those making to the next round of judging will be notified in December, with the list of finalists announced in April 2020. Finalists are then invited to the highly anticipated ELTons awards’ ceremony, held in London (UK) in June.