I’m very happy to announce that I will be the official live blogger for the British Council 15th ELTons Awards, taking place this Wednesday, 14 June, 2017. We’ll be kicking off at about 5:30 PM (current UK time is GMT+1). Join us via the live stream video link, where, as well as watching the whole ceremony, you can read my blog, ask questions, and add your own comments:
What are the ELTons?
Just in case you didn’t know, the ELTons are the only international awards that recognise and celebrate innovation in English language teaching. More traditional teaching resources such as coursebooks and resource books compete with high-tech apps, online resources and even innovative projects for the prizes. This year, it’s great to see finalists from so many countries, including a bilingual ‘Talking book’ from Nigeria, an ELT rapper from the US, the inspirational Hands-up project from Palestine and Jordan, and a set of YouTube videos for learners of English as a lingua franca from… all around the world! And that’s just a taste of what we’ve got among the finalists.
I’ll be working alongside Callie Massey and Paul Braddock to bring you all the chat and gossip from the red carpet interviews before the award ceremony. I will also be blogging throughout the award ceremony itself, hosted by Susie Dent, famous lexicographer of Countdown fame, which you can also watch live through the same link, from about 7:00 PM. You can also follow the awards by the British Council Teaching English Facebook page where the live video link will also be broadcast (although not my blog), and in case you are busy that evening, the livestream video will be available through the same URL to watch at a later date.
As a previous award winner from last year, I hope to be able to bring you an insider perspective on what happens and how it feels to be part of the special event. So join me if you can!
A sneak preview
Watch the videos previewing the finalists here:
- Digital Innovation Award Finalists
- Local Innovation Award Finalists
- Innovation in Learner Resources Award Finalists
- Innovation in Teacher Resources Award Finalists
- Excellence in Course Innovation Award Finalists
Find out much more about them at the British Council ELTons site here: http://englishagenda.britishcouncil.org/events/eltons
Award speech tips?
Remember my rather long acceptance speech? I did go on a bit… but hopefully for a good cause! Advice to this year’s finalists: Enjoy the moment!