Not long before the British Council ELTon application deadline last year, I submitted some of my materials for “The Macmillan Education Award for new talent in writing” (previously called the Award for Innovative Writing), deciding I had nothing to lose by doing so.
To quote from the British Council website,
“The ELTons, sponsored by Cambridge English, are the only international awards that recognise and celebrate innovation in English language teaching (ELT). They reward educational resources that help English language learners and teachers to achieve their goals.”
The Macmillan award is in its sixth year of running, while the ELTons as a whole are in their twelfth year.
I was delighted when I learnt I’d been long-listed, but didn’t dream I’d get any further than that; but, somehow or another, I have! I have now been shortlisted for the award, which means I’ve made the top five out of all the applications submitted. What an honour!
The materials I submitted are not on my blog, but once the competition is over and I haven’t won (I can’t even begin to imagine that I will win, which is fine: I’m just jubilant to have got this far!), I’ll upload some samples. I made them while at Leeds Met : they, alongside a 5000 word rationale, were my dissertation project and represent hours upon hours upon hours of work. Not only the time spent on the project itself, but all the reading done and hours of classes attended for the Materials Development module, too. I won’t go into details about the content of the materials here and now, as my talk at IATEFL Harrogate in two weeks’ time, which will be written up here in due course, is based on them: I don’t want to steal my own thunder! 😉 But it was all those hours spent that nudged me to enter: having devoted all that time to working on something, the last thing you want to do is consign it to a dusty cupboard forever!
Anyway, for now, suffice to say, I feel extremely lucky to have got as far as the shortlist. And grateful that I had a dissertation supervisor who, having given me a solid foundation of knowledge from which to start (as my Materials Development tutor), pushed me to do my absolute best with my dissertation materials, by asking hundreds of awkward questions (! 🙂 ) and giving unstinting time and support throughout the process. It was a very valuable experience for me.
Congratulations to all the other nominees – in my own and all the other categories! Let’s see what happens in May!
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Congratulations Lizzie! Best of luck to you. I hope to see you at IATEFL or back in Sheffield at some point. I have been watching your developing career with interest – you should be very proud. Take care.
Hi Will! I will be at IATEFL from Weds eve to Saturday morn, presenting on Thurs at 17.15-18.15 in room Queens 3. And will hopefully be back in Sheffield over the summer. 🙂 Thank you for the lovely comment and hope to see you sometime! Lizzie.
That’s quite an achievement. Well done to you.
I’m currently doing the MA in ELT at Leeds Met (I met you briefly at the beginning of the first semester, cake and questions!). This means that I don’t get as much time to catch up on your blog as I’d like. In fact, I don’t have much time for anything. Anyway, I’d just like to congratulate you on your nomination. Onwards and Upwards!!!
Hi Aidan! Gosh it seems like ages ago since cake and questions day! Are you enjoying the M.A.? I am jealous! I miss those days! Make the most of it…
Thank you for the congratulations and lovely message. 🙂 And all the best to you for the rest of the M.A. Oh and go to IATEFL if you can, it’s great!
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