Awards to celebrate innovation in the teaching of spoken English

English Language Awards

The ESU's biennial English Language Awards help to celebrate and reward innovation and good practice in the field of English Language teaching. These awards focus on those resources which aim to improve oracy skills in the English Language, and are split into the following four categories:

- The English in Action Awards for Resources for Young Learners (ages 3-11)

- The Duke of Edinburgh Award for Resources for Secondary and Higher Learners (ages 12 and above)

- The Duke of Edinburgh Award for Resources for Teachers

- The President's Award for the use of new technology in ELT

All of the awards are based on originality and substance, and winners are chosen by a panel of widely-respected experts.

Find out who won the ELA 2016 awards here.

How to enter

The awards run biennially and are open to any organisation or individual, not just those from the English language teaching profession. Entrants should complete a submission form and provide details of how the submission can be accessed by our panel of judges. Entry is £80 per submission. See the ELA Submission Guidelines in the Resources section below for further information.

Submissions are assessed on: oracy content, design, presentation and usability; language and teaching content; and potential and innovation. The judging panels are comprised of experts from across the ELT field. Submissions are assessed over the summer, with shortlists announced in October and the winners in December.

Applications for the English Language Awards are now closed until the commencement of the 2018 cycle. For more information please email


Please read the guidelines below for more information, before completing a submission form.

ELA submission guidelines