National Geographic, BBC and Oxford University Press: 2016’s ESU English Language Awards’ shortlist has been announced!

Thursday 13 October 2016

Since 1971 the English-Speaking Union has celebrated the highest quality English language teaching resources, and we are delighted to announce the 2016 shortlist for our reinvigorated awards.

This year there are four categories for the awards, each focusing on materials which develop speaking skills. The resources which made it into the nominee list range from YouTube channels for young learners to printed activity games for teachers.

The four categories were 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.

The winners of each category will be announced at an awards ceremony on the 28th of November.

The shortlistees for the Resources for Young Learner are:

  • Guess What! Susannah Reed and Kay Bentley; Series editor: Lesley Koustaff (Cambridge University Press).
  • Dex, Sandie Mourão and Claire Medwell (Macmillan Education)
  • The Thinking Train Herbert Puchta, Günter Gerngross (Helbling Languages).
  • Tiger Time, Carol Read and Mark Ormerod (Macmillan Education)

The shortlistees for President’s Award for New Technology are:

  • Shakespeare Speaks, Catherine Chapman (BBC Learning English)
  • BBC Learning English Learning Circles, (BBC Learning English)
  • Velawoods English Marlies Havenga, Hani Malouf, Salwa Saad, Nathan Shaw, Mike Warner & Mark Willetts (Velawoods Learning Limited).
  • Say It: Pronunciation from Oxford, (Oxford University Press in partnership with Phona)

The shortlistees for Secondary and Higher Leaners are:

  • Shakespeare Speaks Catherine Chapman (BBC Learning English).
  • Navigate, Mark Bartram, Heather Buchanan, Paul Dummett, Jake Hughes, Caroline Krantz, Julie Norton, Emma Pathare, Kate Pickering, Rachael Roberts and Katie Wood. Series Adviser: Catherine Walter (Oxford University Press)
  • BBC Learning English YouTube Channel (BBC Learning English).
  • Keynote, Paul Dummett, Lewis Lansford and Helen Stephenson (National Geographic Learning)

The shortlistees for Resources for Teachers are:

  • Film in Action: Teaching language using moving images, Kieran Donaghy (Delta Publishing).
  • Teaching children how to learn: Plan, Do, Review, Gail Ellis & Nayr Ibrahim (Delta Publishing).
  • Speaking Games: Photocopiable activities to make language learning fun, Jason Anderson (Delta Publishing).
  • Language Learning with Digital Video, Ben Goldstein and Paul Driver (Cambridge University Press)

For more information on the awards, check out the ELA programme page here or the full press release with images.