Award Categories

Teaching very young learners (4-6 years)

This Award celebrates teaching very young learners (kindergarten level) who are full of curiosity and keen to learn about everything and anything in a non-formal way.
This Award recognizes innovation/creativity in introducing a foreign language to very young learners. You need to demonstrate:

How you take advantage of children’s curiosity to explore and discover new things.

How you hold their attention and create a positive learning environment.

Teaching Primary school learners (6-12 years)

This Award celebrates caring and enthusiastic teachers, who catch and rivet students’ attention, make their lessons exciting and enjoyable and produce measurable results.

  • How do you introduce language and provide opportunities and reasons for foreign language learning?
  • How do you motivate children and get their full attention?
  • How do you encourage children so that they feel confident and don’t give up?
  • How do you encourage co-operation?

Teaching through Arts & Crafts

This Award seeks to recognise the institutions or individuals that have successfully incorporated arts, crafts or drama in order to enable students to develop communicative, collaborative and critical literacies. Do you use Arts:

  • to get students to work on projects in groups?
  • to include cross-curricular activities in the language classroom?
  • to promote cooperation and creativity?
  • to enhance language retention, confidence and motivation?

Teaching through Drama

Children love to role-play and make up imaginary worlds through storytelling. Since this is something children love to do naturally it seems sensible to exploit the process in English class alongside the textbook.

Your main points for teaching through drama probably are:

  • Instead of sitting passively looking at the book, my students participate and learn actively.
  • The results are much better in terms of language retention, confidence and motivation.
  • Pupils learn to work together as a team and many become more confident in speaking English.

How do you achieve your goal?

Teaching for raising awareness for social issues

This Award recognizes practices of teaching a foreign language through social issues, allowing students to develop a strong sense of global citizenship and responsible living. You need to demonstrate:

  • how you solicit personal responses using social issues or current events
  • how the themes that students explore connect to their lives (e.g. ‘Preserving the Environment’, ‘Healthy Eating’, ‘Family and Friendship’, ‘Work and Socialization’, ‘Immigration’ ‘Bullying’ etc.)
  • how students discuss and plan courses of action, predict outcomes and write or talk about them
  • how they are guided to achieve understanding from a perspective that is both personal and meaningful.

Using technology in the classroom

This Award recognises excellence in the use of technology by a teacher or a school. Judges will be looking for tangible evidence that the thoughtful and considered implementation of technology has had a positive impact on educational outcomes of students.

Social inclusion initiative

This Award recognises a programme or initiative that has made an outstanding contribution towards supporting students with disabilities and/or can demonstrate positive learning experiences with peers of diverse ethnic, linguistic and cultural background.

Community and Collaboration

This Award recognises schools that can show how they work with local people or collaborate with other schools, local businesses and the community. Judges will need to see evidence of effective engagement. You need to demonstrate how:

  • You support learning by inviting community members to talk to your students about a subject e.g. social media protection, healthy eating, sports, etc.
  • You combine the teaching of English with raising your community’s awareness of social issues such as bullying, cyberbullying, preserving the environment, recycling, etc.

Support for special needs students

This Award is for those who can effectively demonstrate initiatives and/or practices that accommodate students with special needs and provide equal opportunities for success. Judges will look at how you structure your lessons so that you produce successful results and keep students with special needs motivated.

Blended learning

This Award praises educators who combine online digital media with traditional classroom methods and allow students to have control over time, place, path, or pace of their learning.

  • Have you used the flipped classroom model in which students use independent study time to watch content that introduces new concepts?
  • Have you then used class time to engage your students in group work and discussion about this information?
  • Do you use a learning platform that has allowed you to automate areas that had previously taken up a great deal of your time e.g. in assessment and feedback?

Innovation in language learning

This Award goes to educators who have transformed a course/class and have inspired students through this transformation. Have you introduced:

new products and services, such as new syllabi, textbooks or educational resources?

new processes for delivering services, such as e-learning services?

new ways of organising activities, for example communicating with students and parents through digital technologies?

Creativity in language learning

The Creativity Award goes to educators who think ‘out of the box’, and come up with fresh, divergent responses, new solutions to problems, or ways of looking at problems.

Have you incorporated openness in several levels of the learning processes engaging the learners in the production, use and reuse of content?

Have you adapted materials e.g. a coursebook activity in such a way as to give your students the chance to improvise?

Have you encouraged students to discover things for themselves about language features highlighted in their coursebook?

Excellence in Teaching Foreign Languages

This Award refers to the crowning achievement of any teacher or language institution that has set the bar of language teaching and learning high. It refers to teachers and language institutions that provide tangible evidence of fostering and effectively cultivating excellence in all aspects related to teaching and learning the target language.

The most prominent aspects include methodology and pedagogy, employment procedures, teachers’ training and qualitative impact in learners’ certification and well-being. Management, administration and policies for innovation may be considered as well. The standards of excellence should be well supported and defined. Testimonials from the stakeholders should also be included.

Online Learning

Online education has become more popular in the fast-paced growing society. In addition, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, schools and individual teachers had to embrace technology, adapt to the new teaching situation and offer tuition using various platforms and digital tools.

  • Have you introduced synchronous or asynchronous learning in your school?
  • Have your students benefitted from this ‘new’ medium of instruction?
  • Have your students developed a skill more easily in a digital environment than in a traditional one?

Teacher support and Training

Supporting teachers in their professional development leads to improved outcomes for learners. Good quality training and reflective practice are essential parts of a teacher’s professional life. 

  • Have you made training courses –online or face-to-face- available to your teachers?
  • How often do you train your teachers?
  • Have your teachers changed their teaching practices after training?
  • What impact did this change have on students’ learning?

Educator of the Year

This award recognises a teacher’s commitment to CPD, language teaching and dedication to helping students to learn. 

Nomination criteria

Entrants must provide evidence of participation in courses and/or in seminars/webinars that have improved his/her teaching skills and competences.

Entrants must demonstrate evidence that they have created a supportive, encouraging and inclusive learning environment and have delivered quality language instruction based on well-articulated theory, philosophy and educational research. Student success in language exams is also considered.

Entrants must demonstrate evidence that they have presented in national and international conferences, workshops, seminars, webinars and other educational events, that they have submitted articles in national and international journals and have contributed to the development of new materials.

Lifetime Achievement Award

This award is presented in recognition of an individual’s outstanding leadership and contribution to the ELT sector for more than 25 years.