2011 Milne Award

“A great night to be involved in ER.” “Quite memorable!” Very much enjoyed it.” “Encouraging to see so many people there.” “Jeremy did a great job as usual.”

The Extensive Reading Foundation Reception and Awards Ceremony took place at the IATEFL 2012 Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, on the evening of Wednesday 21 March. It was hosted by Jeremy Harmer, who presented the 2011 Language Learner Literature Awards, and the John Milne Lifetime Achievement Award to Robert O’Neill. The event was sponsored by the British Council, IATEFL, Black Cat, Cambridge University Press, Helbling Languages, International Language Teaching Services, Macmillan Education, Oxford University Press and Pearson.

Follow this link for the ceremony itself including Jeremy Harmer’s introduction, acceptance speeches by Emily Rosser (Publishing Director of British English ELT at Macmillan Education) on behalf of Gill Munton, Robert Hill (Series Editor of Black Cat Readers) on behalf of Elizabeth Ann Moore, Richard MacAndrew, author of A Little Trouble in Dublin, Tim Vicary, author of The Everest Story, and Julia Newsome, author of Dragons’ Eggs, and the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to Robert O’Neill:


And this link gives you access to interviews with Robert O’Neill, Robert Hill, Tim Vicary, Richard MacAndrew and Julia Newsome (and many more). Just scroll down the thumbnails.


The ceremony was preceded by a reception for all attending including Eric Baber, President of IATEFL, Carol Read, incoming vice-President of IATEFL, and Michael Carrier, Head of Global English at the British Council. At the reception a guest said “I just want to say how much I’m enjoying the Learner Literature Awards – it’s so good to celebrate success like this. Amazing to see Robert O’Neill just the same as ever!” Another guest commented: “It’s wonderful to see the focus on books and writers!”

Voting for the Learner Literature Awards for this year is open now. The winners will be announced at the Independent Learning Association Conference in Wellington, New Zealand, in August.

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