In 2002 the British Council launched an award to recognise and celebrate innovation in English language teaching. 15 years later, the ELTons awards have blossomed into an international showcase of passion and creativity in the development of materials, resources and events for both teachers and learners. Embassy English is honoured to be a 2017 finalist in these prestigious awards in recognition of our Embassy onTrack assessment and online progress tracking tool.
As is to be expected from an award in innovation there have been numerous entries and winners since then which have embraced the digital age and the internet to enable accessibility to wider audiences and actively encourage learning outside the traditional classroom environment.
In 2012 the category of Digital Innovation was added to specifically recognise achievements in this field and subsequent winners have included specialist app-based resources and an online community with interactive activities for young learners.
This creation of this tool has been a labour of love and at times one of frustration for Vic Richardson, our erudite Director of Academic Development and published ELT author, with the the invaluable input of Rolf Tynan, Learning Technologies Specialist, Mike Ward, Regional Academic Director, and the developers eLC.
Additionally, thank you to the teams of Academic Managers and Teachers across the Embassy world who have been collecting data religiously for the past couple of years as a foundation for the science and the maths that sit behind the online graphics.
Our Embassy onTrack system is unique in the industry and enables students and teachers to measure and monitor individual progress.
It assesses students’ progress, determines whether they are on track, above or below target and enables us to intervene early with appropriate support for students tracking below target.
The Academic Team have also created an Online Personalised Learning Plan (PLP) which allows students to review their learning needs and provides additional resources and activities for them to continue learning outside of the classroom and reach their goals.
The PLP also forms part of the review with their teacher during the tutorials which take place after every 5 weekly progress tests.
For many years, Embassy English has had a strong reputation in the International Education industry and with agents as being an innovator in its use of technology in teaching.
We were pioneers in the introduction of interactive whiteboards into the classrooms, which is now seen as the standard in the industry, and we have continued to innovate in our use of online resources to support teaching and learning for dynamic and interactive lessons.
We are delighted to still be seen as an innovator in the industry and believe our onTrack tool is a key differentiator.
So, in time honoured award traditions………”and the winner is……
….the many staff, particularly the Academic teams, without whom Embassy onTrack would not have been created nor be the invaluable tool it has now become for students and teachers.
We look forward to the results on the ELTons which is on 14 June, but being a finalist for such a prestigious award from the British Council, a world renowned organisation, already makes us winners.« Previous post
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