2017 First Prize Winners

Our regional winners were chosen by our expert judging panel: Amar Kuman, David Nunan and Melanie Butler.
Each winner received an all-expenses-paid trip to either the 2017 IATEFL or TESOL conference.

Africa & Middle East

Imane Nejjar


Imane used Kagan structures as the academic backbone for an online Schoology course. The judges felt that this was a scalable way to deal with a pervasive problem: excessively large class sizes.

Asia & Oceania

Koki Shimazu


Koki organises English camps around Japan to give students the opportunity to practise spoken English. Our judges thought it was an innovative approach to solving a common problem and showed his determination and enthusiasm for teaching English.

Europe & Central Asia

Agnieska Bilska


Agnieska impressed the judges with her incredible energy and dedication to teaching. The range of projects she is involved with demonstrates her own initiative, and reflects a constructivist, collaborative and creative use of technology.

North & Central America

Gabriela Cambiasso

United States

Gabriela developed a blog to help motivate her students to engage with written English. Although a class blog is becoming more commonplace these days, the judges felt that Gabriela's application showcased particular aspects of creativity and autonomous learning.

South America

Ornella Valentinuz


Ornella and her team created a cultural exchange to support their learners, who are based in a remote part of Argentina. The judges were impressed with their initiative and their way of bringing the real world into the classroom.

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2017 People's Choice Award Winners

Africa & Middle East

Yassir El Hajel Sheikh

Sudan | 459 votes

Asia & Oceania

Amreet Kaur Jageer Singh

Malaysia | 595 votes

Europe & Central Asia

Sylvie Dolakova

Czech Republic | 847 votes

North & Central America

Rosa Higueros

Guatemala | 368 votes

South America

Kellen Geremias

Brazil | 598 votes

2017 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.

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.

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.