It is hard to be innovative. It is not only that you may have to think of something, or a way of doing something, that no one has quite thought before, but you also have to make it happen. Moreover, you have to be fast because in the pace things go nowadays, what is new today may be outdated in a week’s time. Well, exaggeration apart, imagination and innovation are key to keep us moving and trying to make things better in all walks of life. To celebrate innovation in ELT and recognise the talent and effort of those who are the movers & shakers in the profession, the British Council created, ten years ago, the ELTons – the English Language Teaching Innovation Awards.
People like saying the ELTons are the Oscars of ELT. Yeah, exaggeration again but maybe we are getting there since last Wednesday there were even interviews in the red carpet. How much posher than that can you get?
Seriously, it was a lovely evening: fantastic venue, interesting people and brilliant organisation. Congratulations to the organisers and to all the nominees because to get there is already a great achievement. And, of course, congrats to all the winners. I was particularly happy for Nik Peachey and Graham Stanley because they are people I know and whose work I have always admired. Well-done!
However, for me the highlight of the night was when they announced the Lifetime Achievement Award to Alan Maley. Alan needs no introduction because only a few have contributed to our profession as much as Alan has. If you are an English language teacher, TESOL student or have any involvement with ELT and you don’t know Alan Maley, you’d better sneak away and do your homework. 🙂
I just have to disagree with Alan: too much and too soon is much better than having it in Rhys’s fashion.