Entries for the ELT Teacher Award are now closed.

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One winner from each region will receive 20 Kindles for their class, pre-loaded with Pearson content.

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First Prize

A winner from each region will win an all-expenses paid trip to the IATEFL or TESOL conference in 2017 to learn, share and talk with other ELT teachers.

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People's Choice

After submissions close, anyone can vote for their favourite entry. The winner from each region will receive 20 Kindles for their class, pre-loaded with Pearson content.

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How it works

5th October, 2016: Entries open
Entries open for our global teacher award, to celebrate World Teacher Day. Submit your entry or nominate a colleague.

1st January 2017: Entries close
This is the last date for you to submit your entry for the award.

3rd January, 2017: Public voting & professional judging
After entries close, you can vote for other nominations or share your entry with friends and family.

25th January, 2017: Winners announced
Don't miss our announcement of the winners of our ELT Teacher award.

April 2017: IATEFL & TESOL
Our six winners will fly to IATEFL or TESOL to be immersed in the world of ELT teaching.

Judging Panel

David Nunan, Author

Pearson ELT Author David Nunan Judging Teacher Award

David Nunan is Professor Emeritus at the University of Hong Kong, President Emeritus at Anaheim University, California, and Professor in Education at the University of New South Wales.

He has published over 100 scholarly books and articles on teacher education, curriculum development, classroom-based research and the teaching of grammar in the communicative classroom.

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Amar Kumar, Pearson

Amar Kumar Pearson

Amar Kumar is Senior Vice President in the Office of the Chief Education Advisor at Pearson. 

Amar holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelors in Computer Science from Purdue University.

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Melanie Butler, EL Gazette

Melanie Butler EL Gazette

Melanie Butler first became editor of the EL Gazette in 1987, and apart from two years working for Pearson ELT in the 1990s when she worked as senior publisher for grammar, methodology and adult course books, she has worked there ever since.

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Sample Entries

Lynda Smith, Brazil

My 13 to 15 year old students lack confidence in speaking out loud and trying to pronounce words correctly. As a way of addressing this issue I use music. I play music throughout my class. Most of the time in the background, and when it gets to a speaking activity, I often turn it up slightly so that the student has to project his or her voice clearly in order to be heard.

I am delighted with the results so far. The impact of using music in this way has been that the students get lost in the music and forget they are learning. They manage to speak more naturally, and in more relaxed and confident manner. Some of their inhibitions about speaking have disappeared.

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Piotr Kowalski, Poland

We don’t have much class time and I wanted to make learning English relevant for my teenage students outside the classroom, so they practise it. We experimented with some iPads we were given to get students to spend more time outside class learning English, in a way directly connected to their personal lives, rather than mechanical homework exercises.

I set short tasks and challenges that the students can do at home. The students then take photos or make mini videos or recordings on their iPads to collect information about themselves, their lives, hobbies, interests, families – anything, really. They then use this information to structure their responses in class conversations.

The students find it much easier if they have pictures or video they can point at, describe or narrate – having something concrete to show allows them to be more confident and spontaneous in their interactions. Instead of struggling to find something to say in response to a question, they are sometimes bursting to show me what they have been up to with their iPads. My students are more inclined to be engaged as they are talking about things that are of interest to them.

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