The British Council ELTons Innovation Awards are less than a week away! Highlighting the most innovative ways to learn and teach English from around the world, the awards celebrate the teams behind the ideas and bring further industry recognition.
Overcoming the challenges presented in 2020, British Council is bringing the awards ceremony to us online for the very first time. This means educators around the world will be able to take part in a virtual event from the comfort and safety of their homes.
How can you get involved?
You will find the link to join on the ELTons Innovation Awards 2020 livestream page on the day of the event. We will also share the link on our social media channels just before the event starts.
What have we been nominated for?
This year, out of 125 applications, we’ve been nominated in three categories, including; Innovation in Learner Resources, Innovation in Teacher Resources, and Local Innovation. Read more about each of our nominations:
Pearson & BBC Live Classes: Innovation in Learner Resources
Pearson and BBC Live Classes is an online project for secondary teachers and students, combining an online classroom and authentic resources. Most importantly, it joins groups of students from all over the world in a unique live and interactive learning environment.
By creating an international classroom, these Live Classes transform English from a school subject to a global communication skill. Students have the opportunity to discuss ideas, share perspectives and compare their experiences with their international peers. English becomes an indispensable, real-world tool used to communicate with students from other countries and cultures.
The classes are run by an expert trainer and take place on Zoom. There’s also a private Live Classes community group hosted on Facebook where students and teachers stay in touch after the lesson has finished and benefit from great learning resources.
You can find out more about Pearson and BBC Live Classes and the ELTons nomination in this video with teacher trainer Michael Brand.
GSE Teacher Toolkit: Innovation in Teacher Resources
The Global Scale of English (GSE) Teacher Toolkit is a free online database that brings together learning objectives, grammar and vocabulary all in one place – helping you take the guesswork out of student progress.
The toolkit is mapped to the GSE and CEFR and allows teachers to easily search for appropriate content, adjust curricula and scaffold lessons. This helps identify any gaps and measure learner progress accurately – so you can deliver meaningful feedback. It also means educators and institutions can minimize the effort in finding appropriate content, coursebooks and now even check the level of texts to use in class, helping them to increase the time they have for learner interaction.
Learn more in this video with GSE Director Mike Mayor:
Starfish: Local Innovation
It incorporates a flexible approach, with different pathways according to timetable options and a choice of components that can be adapted and personalized to class needs. With Starfish, students discover other cultures, explore children’s literature, develop sensitivity, initiative, imagination and creativity while at the same time developing social and emotional skills for life.
Join the conversation on social media
You can follow the action on social media and have your say – using the hashtag #ELTons. Don’t forget to also tag us @PearsonEnglish or use the hashtag #PearsonEnglish as well.
There will also be a Twitter takeover by ELT influencer, trainer and teacher, Chia Suan Chong on the official ELTons Twitter account @BCELTons.
We hope to see you on Thursday!