Thursday 25 July 2019

The ELTons are the British Council's own international innovation awards. They aim to find the latest, most original ways to learn and teach English, with awards for courses, resources for teachers and learners, digital innovation and for projects which overcome challenges to local problems. 

Innovation in English language education is truly international. Entries came from 45 countries across six continents. A big thanks to colleagues who helped make this happen. The most entries came from the UK, Spain, Brazil, the USA, India and the Ukraine, with multiple entries from Nigeria, Japan, China and Central Asia (Armenia, Uzbekistan, Georgia and Kazakhstan).

This year's finalists aim to develop 21st century life skills, through simulating real-life communication, collaboration and cultural awareness. Finalists include chat bots, mobile messenger apps, automated feedback and test results, video-based teaching and tailor-made learning platforms. Over half of finalists are completely digital and 68 per cent have digital parts. However, while digital learning resources dominate, physical resources are not going away anytime soon.

From the competitive field of international entries, 26 made it through as finalists. Find out more: