Simon Greenall Award Winner!

International House World Organisation is proud to announce the winner of the Simon Greenall Award in collaboration with Macmillan Education and International House London. The award is aimed at helping new or existing projects which bring people together through learning English

About Simon Greenall

Simon Greenall, OBE, friend of the global ELT community, passed away in September 2018

Simon described himself as traveller, writer, chef and full time friend. Many in the ELT community knew Simon through his publishing activities, his Presidency of IATEFL, his engagement with global issues in ELT, his training activities in many countries, and his friendship.

You probably know of Simon’s deep commitment to bringing people together through learning, particularly learning English

About the Award

This Award was inspired by Simon’s life and work and is sponsored by three partners with whom Simon was deeply connected: Macmillan Education, International House World Organisation and International House London.

Winner of the first Simon Greenall Award 2021

1. Winner: Dau Dau: Creating English language learning experience through integrated arts

2. Runner up: Ozgu Ozturk: English brings together - helping students with learning disabilities in Turkey,

3. Runner up: Victor Carreão: World Englishes and memories podcast project

Why we chose the Dau Dau project

The Dau Dau project was chosen from amongst 31 entries. Its goal is to help students become writers, performers and artists using short stories, flash fictions, poems, comics, and songs relating to the indigenous cultures in Sabah, Malaysia. It uses the medium of English and incorporates ethnic cultures, languages, and contemporary issues. The project brings people together through learning English - a key criterion for the award, and is inclusive of learning abilities and modes, for example staging a sign language poetry performance by students with hearing impairment.
We look forward to helping them to grow their project and its impact.

I'm delighted that Simon will be remembered through this award. The Dau Dau project brings people together and promotes cultural understanding, and Jill and Charlie Hadfield are ideal mentors.

By Jill Florent (Greenall)

Dau Dau’s 2-minute SGA application video

Dau Dau animated tales

Dau Dau sign language poetry (delivered by special needs students)

The Dau Dau project coordinators

Sirhajwan Idek is the head of the Dau Dau project. He oversees the implementation of the project in the classroom and extra-curricular activities. Sirhajwan writes stories and poems, and mentors the students in their writing.

Nurazilah Othman is a performing artist, appointed by the state education department as officer in charge of folklore dance.

The mentors

The Simon Greenall Award committee is delighted that Jill and Charlie Hadfield have agreed to act as the mentors to Dau Dau

Jill Hadfield has worked as teacher and teacher trainer in many countries. She is the author of over 40 ELT books, translated into 17 languages.

Charlie Hadfield has worked on many projects in Asia and Africa, and taught most recently at the universities of Exeter and Auckland. and Waikato, where he was involved in helping high school teachers from Chile to integrate their own indigenous culture and language into the school English language curriculum. This also involved NZ teachers of te reo Māori.

Mentorship The Dau Dau project will use the experience of the mentors to help focus on indigenous cultures and language, to make English language learning more relevant to students and to help open the project to the wider world. This is likely to include assistance with: writing materials for teachers to use in schools; creating performances and videos; preparing for conferences; creating webinars; making international contacts and linking with other projects.

We're honoured to be invited to work with this worthwhile and vibrant project and look forward to seeing it develop.

By Jill and Charlie Hadfield, Mentors of Simon Greenall Award.

The runners up

Ozgu Ozturk is revising her project English brings together - helping students with learning disabilities in Turkey, to produce a new proposal with an international format
Victor Carreão is receiving coaching from Lindsay Clandfield for his World Englishes and memories podcast project.

Globe has offered all Award entrants a one-year membership of its online platform which hosts a unique collection of Professional Learning Communities. This is a member-driven, and consultant-mentored digital meeting place that supports the development of ELT projects from conceptual beginnings through to concrete products.

Thank you to our partners