2021 ELTons winners revealed in hybrid ceremony


Eight winners were recognized in eight categories, while the ELTons Judges’ Commendation for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion recognized 10 organizations.

The hybrid ceremony in London was hosted by award-winning presenter Lauren Laverne and presented by British Council Chief Executive Officer Scott McDonald.

For the first time, two awards of excellence were presented, with NS Prabhu being honored in the individual category for his contribution to task-based language teaching in his native India and at universities in Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and Brazil for over 40 years, while AS Hornby Educational Trust has been recognized in the organization category.

For over 60 years, the organization has supported the professional development of hundreds of ELT professionals, particularly in developing countries.

Winners in the five categories determined by an independent jury included Fiction Express for the Innovation in Learner Resources award, DELTA Publishing for Innovation in Teacher Resources, The Hands Up Project with UNRWA in Gaza for local innovation, StandFor / FTD Educação for Excellence in Course Innovation and CIELL-Comics for inclusive English learning for digital innovation.

Sensations English online and app-based resource offering news-based lessons in the Judges’ Commendation for Environmental Sustainability and Climate Action category.

“Every year, the ELT sector goes out of its way to launch innovative resources for students and teachers”

The Special Commendation was presented in recognition of the British Council’s global action Climate Connection program, focused on engaging young people around the world in the fight against climate change during and beyond COP26.

“Each year the ELT industry goes above and beyond to develop innovative resources for students and educators, and it is an honor to continue to recognize their accomplishments through ELTons,” said Mark Robson , Director of English and Examinations at the British Council.

“I am proud that our awards have become a celebration of those projects that are making waves in global issues such as equality and climate action.

“The talent on display in these fields reveals the vital role the English language must play in navigating our common future – a role the British Council remains committed to upholding. Congratulations to all the finalists and winners!

Commenting on the recognition in the Judges’ Commendation for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and the Inaugural Commendation for Environmental Sustainability and Climate Action, English sensations CEO Alex Lonsdale said: “It is a great achievement, at such an early stage in the evolution of Sensations English, to be recognized before so many innovators and edtech companies around the world. We are really proud and thank the judges for recognizing our efforts.

See more photos from the event here.


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