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October 27, 2015

Awards & Competitions | Japan

Top Notch Tips competition launched to find teachers’ best lesson plans and teaching tips

Pearson Japan has launched a competition for teachers in universities, colleges and private language schools to submit their best lesson plan or teaching tip for a chance to be published in the upcoming Top Notch Tips booklet. If your tip or lesson plan is one of the 20 published, you’ll get a Pearson Teachers’ Library for your school or college and be put into a draw to win an iPad for yourself, too.

The competition will be judged by Joan Saslow and Allen Ascher, authors of Top Notch, and the booklet will be published in January 2015.

Click here for full details and to enter the competition.

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July 27, 2015

Japan | Publishing | Events | Awards & Competitions

Cengage Celebrates Launch of Our World Series With Free Gift Campaign

Cengage Learning has announced the full publication of its long-awaited series for young learners, Our World, in partnership with the National Geographic Society.

Our World is an award-winning series packed with fascinating content to capture children’s attention, featuring stunning National Geographic photographs and videos. The series incorporates core 21st Century skills – communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking – and is an engaging and relevant way for children to learn English.

To celebrate the publication of the series, Cengage Learning are offering a special gift to all teachers who apply via the following URL by August 15th and complete a short survey:

The launch of Our World comes at a time when English education in Japan is undergoing major changes, with English being set as a compulsory elementary school subject from the third grade. Cengage Learning believe English education will become even more important for our children’s future and hope that young learners in Japan the 21st Century will be able to communicate confidently and naturally with their international peers in our global community.

• More about the Our World campaign
• Order Our World online

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December 06, 2013


2014 Headway scholarship competition

headway.jpgTo mark the ten year anniversary of the Headway Scholarship, it is going global! Four winners of this year's competition will win a place at the 2014 Summer Seminar in Oxford.

The Headway Scholarship was founded in 2004 by John and Liz Soars, authors of the famous 'Headway' series, to show their appreciation of all those students and teachers who were their inspiration and motivation. To mark the ten year anniversary, this year the scholarship is going global! Find out how to enter the competition and have the chance to be one of four teachers to win a place at the 2014 Summer Seminar in Oxford.

To enter the competition you can choose to:

  • write a presentation with script, notes or audio track
  • produce a short video
  • write a blog post or short story
  • make a podcast
  • create a photo montage with commentary
You can find the application form and terms and conditions to enter the competition on the Headway Fourth Edition page.

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November 30, 2013

Awards & Competitions | Turkey

UED Awards celebrate schools attuned to Turkish market

ued-awards-2013.jpg New awards from a Turkish association of education agencies were recently given to institutions and companies in 16 different categories.

Language schools and service providers from around the world were honoured last week with the first ever awards presented by a Turkish association of education agencies – the Association of International Educational Counselors Turkey (UED). Accolades were given to institutions and companies in 16 different categories.

The awards were organised to highlight the unique necessities the Turkish market has and recognise education companies who give good service to Turkish agents, according to UED.

“In the international education counselling sector, there are other awards but we always think the Turkish market and the Turkish agents and students have different needs,” said Gokhan Islamoglu a coordinator at UED.

The Best English Language School titles were given to leading institutions in top destinations. The London School of English was recognised in the UK, ELS Language Centers in the USA and Australia, ILAC in Canada, European School of English in Malta and Centre of English Studies in Ireland.

Read the full article from The PIE News.

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November 18, 2013

Awards & Competitions

TV helps two students win a trip to the UK

CELA-Bell-student-competition.jpgTwo students – from Ukraine and Mexico – attended a Bell School course this summer, their prize for writing an essay on how TV can help candidates prepare for Cambridge English exams.

Ani Grigoryan, of Kiev (pictured) and Paloma Chumacero Delgado, from Mexico City, were this year’s winners of the Cambridge English Language Assessment/Bell Student Competition. This writing competition was open to students worldwide aged between 12 and 17.

The entrants had to write an essay in English for the prize of an all-expenses-paid two-week language course at a Bell Campus in the UK. The competition asked entrants to suggest ways in which watching TV could help Cambridge English exam preparation. In her essay, Ani, who recently gained the Cambridge English: Key qualification, explained how she used TV to help her pronunciation and understanding of idioms, and often recited monologues from movies to help her prepare for speaking exams. Paloma suggested that programmes such as CSI or Law and Order could be used to practise listening and comprehension skills, and that students could also use TV story lines as a basis for practising structure, grammar and vocabulary, and to help speaking as part of a role play exercise.

The two winning students flew to the UK in July to receive their prize, a two-week Active English course held at the Bell Bloxham Campus in Oxfordshire. The course, one of Bell’s most popular, combines English language lessons with sporting and creative activities in order to develop communication skills through ‘learning by doing’.

Read the original article from Cambridge English Language Assessment.

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October 23, 2013

ELT People | Awards & Competitions

Ex-JET wins Pearson Teacher of the Year award

crispin-chambers.jpgA former English language teacher in Japan has been recognized for the outstanding work he has done to teach and promote the Japanese language in the UK.

While a participant on the Japanese government's JET Programe, Crispin Chambers taught English for two years in Awaji-shima, Hyogo Prefecture before spending a year as a JET programme co-ordinator in Tokyo. After returning to his native UK he gained an MA in Japanese at Sheffield University. In the mid-1990s he took up a position teaching Japanese and French at Tavistock College in Devon. He now heads the Japanese department at the secondary school. There are 1,200 pupils studying Japanese at the school, from Year 7 to A-level, which makes it one of the biggest Japanese departments in the country. The school has an annual exchange visit to Tokyo and the Japanese embassy has described Mr Chambers as a "trailblazer" for promoting the language.

Earlier this year he won a regional teaching award for the South West of England, which earned him a position as a finalist for the Pearson National Teaching Awards 2013. It was the first time a teacher of Japanese, and an ex-JET had been nominated.

The national awards ceremony was held on Sunday night at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London and was attended by 66 regional winning teachers, awarded schools and colleges. 10 national prizes were awarded.

Read more about Chambers on Pearson's Teaching Awards website.

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Mexico | Awards & Competitions

Mexico: Winning teacher invited to Cambridge

mx.pngAn award-winning teacher from a Cambridge English preparation centre in Hermosillo, Mexico was recently invited to Cambridge for winning the global preparation centre competition organised by Cambridge English Language Assessment.

Ivett López – an English Coordinator at Colegio Larrea, part of the UNOi programme from Santillana – was awarded the trip for impressing the competition judges with an essay on the importance of English language learning. In her essay, Ivett wrote: “English is considered an international language therefore, it allows our students to have an unlimited access to information and knowledge in areas such as science, technology, and sports. With globalization, learning English has become an indispensable tool to have better career and job opportunities.” During her visit Ivett was invited to a series of talks and seminars at the home of the world’s most valuable English language qualifications.

As reported on the Cambridge English Language Assessment website.

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September 19, 2013

ELT People | Awards & Competitions

Richard Day receives Milne Innovation Award

richard-r-day.jpgRichard R. Day, the Founding Chair Emeritus of the Extensive Reading Foundation, has been awarded the John. A. Milne Innovation Award in the Service of Extensive Reading. The award was presented at the 2nd Extensive Reading World Congress, held at Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, Sept. 13-15, 2013.

Richard Day is Professor in the Dept. of Second Language Studies at the University of Hawai’i. He has been active in promoting Extensive Reading for over three decades. In addition to being the founding chair of the Extensive Reading Foundation (ERF), Day is the co-editor of the journal, "Reading in a Foreign Language." He is also the author or co-author of numerous articles, book chapters and books on Extensive Reading, most notably "Extensive Reading in the Second Language Classroom" and "Extensive Reading Activities for Teaching Language," (both Cambridge University Press, co-authored/co-edited with Julian Bamford).

Day has been a visiting professor at Ubon Rajathanee University and Assumption University in Thailand, Ha Noi University of Foreign Studies in Vietnam, and Ashiya University in Japan. He has also led teacher development workshops in China, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Marc Helgesen, Chair of the ERF, said at the ceremony, “Richard has been and remains a promoter of Extensive Reading and a teacher, mentor and friend to reading teachers around the world.”

The Award is named in honor of John Milne. As creator of the Heinemann Guided Readers series in the 1970s, Milne believed that the traditional grading of vocabulary and structure was not enough to make a book suitable for language learners. He therefore took a different approach, basing his series on good, clear writing, relevant content, careful explanation and control of information, and intuitive word and structure control. These innovations have been crucial in the development of language learner literature.

The Extensive Reading Foundation, founded in 2004, aims to promote Extensive Reading as a highly effective means of language learning. To this end, the Foundation offers annual awards to the best new graded reader titles, maintains an annotated bibliography of research into Extensive Reading and conducts other activities to promote research and the implementation of Extensive Reading.

Visit the Extensive Reading Foundation

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September 17, 2013

Publishing | Awards & Competitions

Extensive Reading Foundation announces award winners

ERF-LLL.jpgThe Extensive Reading Foundation announced the winners of its annual Language Learner Literature Awards at the 2nd World Congress in Extensive Reading in Seoul, South Korea on Sunday. The full list of winners is below.

In 2004, the Extensive Reading Foundation established the Language Learner Literature Award for graded readers in English. The Award is annual, for books published in the previous year. The Award aims to support the development of language learner literature in English, and to encourage extensive reading in language education.

These awards are conferred each year on books that are selected for their outstanding overall quality and likely enduring appeal. An international jury makes the final choices, taking into account the Internet votes of students, teachers and others from around the world.

Winners of the 2013 Extensive Reading Foundation Language Learner Literature Award.

Young Learners: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
By Washington Irving
Retold by Casey Malarcher
Illustrated by Fabio Leone
Publisher: Compass Publishing (ISBN: 978-1-59966-678-5)
Judges’ comment: Innovation and classic story-telling are mixed seamlessly in this story. The book includes a playlet for a class performance and wonderful illustrations.

Adolescents and Adults - Beginners: The Girl with Green Eyes
Author: John Escott
Illustrated by: Dylan Gibson
Publisher: Oxford University Press (ISBN: 9780194794343)
Judges comment: Who is the girl with the green eyes? Why is she so interested in Mark? And is the man in the hotel really her stepfather? Find out when you read this story. Boy meets girl --- with a difference!

Adolescents and Adults – Elementary : Les Misérables
By Victor Hugo
Retold by Jennifer Bassett
Illustrated by Giorgio Bacchin
Publisher: Oxford University Press (ISBN: 978-0-19-479440-4)
Judges' comment: This well-written retelling is an excellent way for beginner/elementary level learners to get to know this great story. We found ourselves involved in the story, caring about the characters. In particular, the "set-the-stage" sections help the reader quickly catch up on important events without creating an overly-complex narrative.

Adolescents and Adults – Intermediate: The Green Room
By Robert Campbell
Illustrated by Valentina Russello
Publisher: Helbling Languages (ISBN: 978-3-85272-327-3)
Judges’ Comment: This is story about adolescents’ conflicts and growing up process. What makes it special is the clever way in which the author interweaves the main plot with the plot of the play-within-the story. This is a well-constructed narrative with a cleverly written plot that develops exploring parallels with Shakespeare's work.

Adolescents and Adults - Upper Intermediate/advanced: Manhunt
By Richard MacAndrew
Map artwork by Malcolm Barnes
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (ISBN: 987-01-107-62455-1)
Judges' comment: This original murder mystery, set in a rural community, is a compelling read for crime story enthusiasts. Moving back and forth between the voices of the criminal and the police, MacAndrew draws the reader into the narrative. With clear, yet vivid language, the reader is able to participate in the problem-solving of the detectives as they unravel the mystery.

Click here for a list of all 2013 candidates.

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September 04, 2013

Awards & Competitions

ELTons 2014 – Call for Applications!

ELTons Awards 2014It's that time of year - the British Council is accepting applications for the ELTons 2014 awards from 2 September 2013 until 22 November 2013.

The ELTons, sponsored by Cambridge ESOL, are the only international awards that recognise and celebrate innovation in the field of English language teaching (ELT).
Categories to apply for this year are:

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

The Macmillan Education Award for New Talent in Writing is also open to aspiring ELT authors who have not yet published any of their work. The winner receives £1,000 and the opportunity to publish their work.

Applications are judged by a panel of ELT experts. The shortlist is announced in March and the winners are announced at an awards ceremony held in London in May 2014.

Find out more about the categories and how to apply on the ELTons web pages.

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July 17, 2013


Cambridge announces ALTE Paris 2014 Scholarship

cambridge-english-logo.jpgCambridge English Language Assessment will fund a teacher or post-graduate student involved in English language education to attend a leading conference on multilingualism, which will be held in Paris next year.

The ALTE Paris 2014 Scholarship will fund the successful applicant to attend the ALTE 5th International Conference. Entrants must work or be studying in the fields of language learning, teaching and assessment, and will have never attended an ALTE International Conference before.

The scholarship will include registration for the two-day event, up to three nights' accommodation in Paris, travel costs, and an invitation to attend the conference drinks reception. To apply entrants must submit a short essay, of between 500–1000 words, on the subject of: 'How a good language test can support effective learning'.

Submissions will be judged on their originality, relevance to professional experience, and on their insight into language learning, teaching and assessment. Entrants must also provide a brief CV and a passport size photo with their essay.

Deadline for submissions – Monday 30 September 2013, and the winner will be announced in October 2013.

Download the full terms and conditions, with details of how to submit your entry

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June 29, 2013

Online | Awards & Competitions

I'd like to sing the world a song

Global Sing-AlongEverybody Up is a seven-level course from Oxford University Press that motivates children by linking the English classroom to the wider world. One of the series' authors is ELT News columnist Patrick Jackson, a strong advocate of the use of songs in the English language classroom. And a natural extension of that is the Everybody Up Global Sing-along, a project that encourages classrooms around the world to send in YouTube videos of themselves singing songs from Everybody Up.

Patrick says, "Watching the videos come in from around the world has been the highlight of my career so far. It’s especially fun and educational for the kids to see themselves cooperating on the production of their videos and to be able to see other children all over the world singing the same songs as them."

The deadline for entries is 31st August, 2013.

The winners will win an all expenses paid trip to Oxford to attend the English Language Teachers Summer Seminar 2014 at Oxford University, including flights and accommodation.

Read more about the Global Sing-along.

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June 26, 2013

ELT People | Awards & Competitions

Jeremy Harmer gets award for "ELT book of the year"

jeremy-harmer.jpgApologies to Jeremy Harmer for not posting this earlier! A couple of weeks ago, Jeremy received the 2nd British Council Award for English Language Teaching (ELT) Writing for his book "Essential Teacher Knowledge - Core Concepts in English Language Teaching" (Pearson).

The Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy presented the £2,000 award, which celebrates an outstanding contribution to the field, at the Society of Authors’ awards party at the Army and Navy Club in London on Thursday 13th June.

Anna Searle, Director English Language at the British Council, said the award, "was introduced to celebrate authors who turn their talents to educational writing - specifically writing which benefits more widespread and better quality teaching and learning of English worldwide." She added, "we hope that millions of new readers will discover works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry in the English language - along with a genuine love of reading."

The British Council Award was judged by Jan Bell, Desmond O’Sullivan and last year’s joint winner, Catherine Walter. They described the winner as: "A magisterial work of real importance and authority, without doubt it is the ELT Book of the Year."

Check out Jeremy Harmer's blog.

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June 07, 2013

Awards & Competitions

TESOL Teacher of the Year

TESOL Teacher of the YearDo you know someone whose English teaching just knocks your socks off? Or maybe you have what it takes to be internationally recognized for your teaching?

TESOL recognizes the unique challenges faced by English language teachers and the hard work and dedication it takes to overcome those challenges. The TESOL Teacher of the Year Award, presented by National Geographic Learning, was created to recognize and honor exceptional English language teachers at the elementary/secondary and postsecondary/adult education levels.

The winner will receive US$1,000, free 1-year TESOL membership, US$250 voucher for the TESOL Bookstore, and much more.

The deadline for nominations is 15 June, while that for applications is 30 June.

For more details on the award, criteria, and the submission process, see the website.

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May 24, 2013

Events | Awards & Competitions

2013 ELTon winners

Teaching-English"The ELTons, sponsored by Cambridge ESOL and now in their 11th year, were held in London on May 22. The ELTons are the only international awards that recognise and celebrate innovation in English language teaching (ELT).

2013 ELTon Winners:

Excellence in Course Innovation
Hooray! Let’s play! - Helbling Languages

Innovation in learner resources
DVD Readers – Mary Glasgow Scholastic

Innovation in teacher resources
Film English – Kieran Donaghy

Digital innovation
Cool Speech: Hot Listening, Cool Pronunciation – Speech in Action/Firsty Group

Local innovation
English in Action: Teaching and Learning Programme – English in Action, Bangladesh.

The Macmillan Education Award for Innovative Writing
CLIL-Biology Towards IGCSE: Content and Language Integrated Learning towards International Science standards – Y.L. Teresa Ting

The Lifetime Achievement Award
Brita Haycraft

Watch a recording of the awards and find out more about the winners on the British Council website

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May 10, 2013

Publishing | Republic of Korea | Events | Awards & Competitions

LLL Award finalists announced

Extensive-Reading-World-Congress" The Extensive Reading Foundation (ERF), an unaffiliated, not-for-profit organization that supports and promotes extensive reading in language education, announced the finalists of the 10th Annual Language Learner Literature (LLL) Award for books published in 2012.

An international jury chose the finalists in five book categories, taking into account online votes and comments of students and teachers around the world. The winning books will be announced at the 2nd Extensive Reading World Congress in Seoul, on September 13-15, 2013, and concurrently on

You can order all the shortlisted books from, where you can also see an overview of all winning titles and finalists, sorted by categories.

See also:
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