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16-09-2018, 13:42

International Teacher Award

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International Teacher Award 

Oracy in Education 


Notes for applicants and nominating ESUs 


The English-Speaking Union is an international membership organisation and educational charity dedicated 

to helping people realise their potential through giving them the skills and confidence in communication 

to articulate their ideas and share them with others. The ESU has a network of over 50 International ESUs, 

which help to deliver our educational programmes and organise events across the globe, encouraging 

international understanding and cultural exchange through the use of the English language. The ESU works 

principally with young people, providing opportunities for them to develop their communication and 

critical thinking skills and, thus, encouraging them to realise their full potential. Across our programmes, 

there is a focus on oracy – the development of speaking and listening skills – ranging from formal public 

speaking and debate training in schools, or awards  which recognise innovation in ELT resources, to 

professional development opportunities for people to share new ideas and articulate them with others.  


The International Teacher Award recognises educational excellence and outreach in the field of Oracy 

across the diverse ESU global network, and seeks to help recipients further the impact and awareness of 

their work in the field. Through this award, we aim to recognise, encourage and develop the work of 

international teachers who are generating social impact through the advancement of English oracy skills 

in their students.  



International ESUs may nominate any number of working teachers who teach children that are in 

compulsory schooling, or are between the ages of five and eighteen. The Award is open to teachers in 

every kind of school and, subject to local laws, in every country that has an officially registered ESU. The 

individual candidates will be required to complete an application form and personal statement, and submit 

these along with a professional reference and a letter of endorsement from their local ESU. 


 Judging Criteria:  

The judging panel will look for evidence of: 

-  An understanding of the importance of oracy skills and applying this to their practice. 

-  Employing effective, innovative practices, which are inspiring to students. 

-  In the case of ‘English as an additional language learners’, seeking to ensure that the development 

of oracy skills is given at least equal importance to literacy skills in the learning of the language. 

-  Seeking to empower students from less advantaged backgrounds through their development as 

confident users of spoken English. 

-  Seeking to develop the confidence of students to use spoken English as a way to explore and share 

their developing views and opinions. 

-  Seeking to use the development of English oracy skills to develop students’ awareness and 

willingness to take positive action with regard to global and local social issues.  

Guidelines for the personal statement 

The personal statement (1000-1500 words) is the most important part of the application. In their 

statement, candidates should include details of their reasons for applying, their professional history in the 

field (including examples) and how they would hope to develop their practice if successful. The personal 

statement should seek to cover each of the judging  criteria listed above. Candidates should also 

describe the anticipated impact of the award on the wider community in which they work. Relevant 

pictures and/or video footage may be included to support the application.  

The Award 

The panel will award up to £2000 to the winners, which may be given to a single candidate, or split across 

multiple applications. In addition, the nominating ESU(s) will receive a grant of up to £500, to be put 

towards their own ESU activities, on the proviso that they continue to support the work of the winning 


Upon receipt of the award, and to ensure that the influence of the award can be as far reaching as possible, 

recipients are expected to: 

  • Submit a full and detailed report.
  • Give talks and presentations to conferences, ESUs and other relevant teacher groups and organisations.  
  • Create or contribute to relevant blogs or other social media outlets which can encourage the wider profession to engage with the topics in question.  


Within 12 months of receiving the award, recipients are required to submit a report detailing how the 

money has been spent, what the candidate has learnt from the experience and how their own practice has 

developed as a consequence. Reports should include: 

  • An introduction 
  • Any relevant background information 
  • Details of how the money was spent 
  • Learnings from the experience 
  • Relevant conclusions 



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