Innovation in Teacher Resources
We are very proud, pleased and honoured to be shortlisted in the nominations for an ELTons award, “the only international awards that recognise and celebrate innovation in the field of English language teaching (ELT).”
For a whole week my blogs will be celebrating the ELTons award nomination and shortlisting of the #ELTchat website and #ELTchat, a weekly online discussion on Twitter followed by hundreds of educators around the globe.in the Innovation in Teacher Resources category.
This weekly conversation has very quickly evolved and developed into a great sharing community with a wiki and a blog which we maintain to share knowledge, ideas and links in a series of
- blog posts summarising the main chats
- podcasts and videos containing interviews with colleagues, teachers and well-known authors on the topics of the weekly discussions.
The nomination is not for a product, but for content co-created through our conversations and the volunteer work of us, the moderators, and #ELTchat participants, who share their knowledge generously and freely, and by those of them who undertake to write up the summaries of these conversations, making them coherent, easier to read and accessible to all.
It is those summaries, collected and presented together, that make all the difference and which have evolved into a formidable resource for teachers. Some absolutely marvellous posts have been written up for the benefit of all who follow #ELTchat – and even for those who don’t follow but have discovered this treasure trove of ELT resources.
On May 23, 2012, during the awards ceremony in London, UK, which will be held at BMA House – the building of the British Medical Association, the winners will be announced and the shortlist includes some well known ELT professionals. We may or may not win, but we all feel very happy to have brought the first non-commercially co-created content to this event!
Please click here to view this year’s nominees and categories.
At 6.30 BST, you will be able to watch the ceremony which will be livestreamed with Scott Thornbury presenting the awards and Luke Meddings co-hosting and doing the interviews.
We will, of course, tweet it and put it up on our Facebook group!
We hope some of you will be able to follow this great annual event for English Language Teaching and perhaps be inspired to join Twitter and follow this great online community of educators who offer their time voluntarily for Continuous Professional Development. If you would like to find out more about the topic, please follow the links below.