Bringing People Together Through Learning English
Applications are now open for the 2023 Simon Greenall Award. The Simon Greenall Award was established in memory of teacher, trainer, materials writer, past president of IATEFL and friend of the global ELT community, Simon Greenall OBE. IH World Organisation, IH London and Macmillan Education sponsor the award.
What is the award?
As a great communicator, many will remember Simon for his ability to bring people together through learning English. The award seeks to continue his legacy and support projects who share this value.
In practical terms, the winner of the award will receive six hours of mentoring, as well as help in promoting and developing the project and making it more globally visible, and a small grant for equipment and expenses. There are no restrictions due to the age of the project, it may be new or one that is up and running.
How can it help your project?
As mentioned above, you will gain resources and mentoring from experienced members of the industry to help you launch and establish your project. These ELT experts and specialists will be a valuable second pair of eyes who will look critically at your project, what it needs and how best to develop it. The mentors will open doors to support from the international ELT community.
As the focus is on bringing people together, the award aims to benefit your chosen community. By offering support and promotion, you will be able to take your project further and see the effect on the cause close to your heart.
How to apply
- Read and understand the Terms and Conditions.
- Make a short video (2 mins max) explaining how your project will bring people together through learning English and benefit your community.
- Complete and submit the entry form with your video.
- Your entry form and video must be with us by midnight on Friday 31st March 2023 to be considered for judging. We’ll announce the winners on Friday 2nd June 2023, so keep an eye on your inbox!
- If you have questions you can email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Simon Greenall Awards 2021 Winner: the Dau Dau Project
The 2021 winner was the Dau Dau Project based in Sabah, Malaysia. The project is run by Dr Sirhajwan Idek, Nurazilah Othman and Sydney Engelbert Ganggang of Keningau Vocational College. Its goal is to help students become writers, performers and artists using short stories, flash fiction, poems, comics, and songs relating to the indigenous cultures in Sabah. It uses the medium of English and incorporates ethnic cultures, languages, and contemporary issues. It is inclusive of learning abilities and modes, for example staging a sign language poetry performance by students with hearing impairment.
The mentors were Jill and Charlie Hadfield, Jill has an extensive career in materials writing and teacher training and Charlie has worked with the British Council helping to develop English Language Teaching projects. They held virtual meetings with the Dau Dau project, and during this time the project linked up with the Kuala Lumpur Shakespeare players, the Hands Up Project and David Heathfield’s Storytelling work.
The award also enabled Dau Dau to present itself on a wider global stage, for example through the 2021 Macmillan Global Festival Conference, with the Ministry of Education, local and national press and broadcasters becoming interested in their work. They were runners-up for the 2022 British Council ELTons Awards and have a bright future ahead of them.