The Language Learner Literature Awards at IATEFL 2017 in Glasgow

April 6 marked the Language Learner Literature Awards ceremony at IATEFL, Glasgow — or the “La La La Awards” as they were termed by the host, J J Wilson. Nick Tims, arranged the event this year, taking over from Philip Prowse who had organised them since their inception.  Thank you Nick!
The full video of the even is available at the following link, courtesy of the British Council.
Here is an excerpt from Gavin McLean’s acceptance speech at IATEFL.  Gavin is Business Development Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa at National Geographic Learning.

I, first of all, just wanted to say a few words about the Extensive Reading Foundation.  The work that is done by this organisation is so important.  Reading is a huge challenge in many parts of the world that we operate in.  We think of reading for pleasure and we think that it is something that all parents do with their kids, but in many parts of the world it doesn’t happen at all.  And the work that we do in developing English language teaching readers is so crucial in building up the confidence of children and parents, to get that sense of reading as not just an activity for learning, but for social interaction and  a joint enterprise that can benefit both generations. So thank you very much to the organizers because, to be honest, without events such as this, I don’t think “Reading” would be such an important part of IATEFL.

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Help us evaluate the Language Learner Literature finalists!

Every year, the Extensive Reading Foundation recognizes the best new works of language learner literature in English. This year, from graded readers published in 2016, the ERF judges have chosen three finalist titles in each of 6 categories: Very Young Learners, Young Learners, and 4 Adolescent & Adult categories-Beginner, Elementary, Intermediate, Upper Intermediate/Advanced.
The ERF panel of judges will later select one winner in each category, taking into account the votes and comments of students and teachers of English worldwide.
To encourage teachers and students to read and evaluate the books, the ERF, in cooperation with publishers, has a Finalist Evaluation Programme. In each category, two copies each of the three finalist titles are placed in the hands of 10 classes around the world. Successful applicants will receive the books during the month of April after the finalists have been announced at the IATEFL annual conference in Glasgow.

If you wish to participate in this year’s evaluation programme, please go to You will need to create your own account.  Click on “Create new account” and then fill in the form using the “2017-evals” for the “enrolment key”. This will give you access to the information and a link where you can fill in your desired book levels, mailing address, etc.

Please do NOT forget your username and password!  You will need them in order to enter your feedback once you and your students have read and evaluated the books!
The preliminary deadline for applications is 15 March 2017.  You will be notified of your acceptance into the program by March 30.
  Tom Robb, ERF LLL Award Evaluation Program Coordinator
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