Happy World Teachers’ Day!
There are so many amazing educators out there, changing students’ lives with hard work and enthusiasm – and we want to meet you! That’s why we’re launching our 4th annual Pearson English Global Teacher Award, aimed at recognizing and celebrating the very best English language teachers across the world.
The five award winners will be chosen from five different regions – Africa & the Middle East, South America, North & Central America, Europe & Central Asia, Asia & Oceania. If you’re selected, you will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the IATEFL or TESOL conferences in 2020. There you’ll have the opportunity to share your story, learn from peers and inspire other teachers in turn.
Find out more from last year’s winners:
Who can enter the Teacher Award?
We want to hear from anyone who is dedicated and passionate about English language teaching. You are part of a huge community of teachers all over the world, and the opportunity to attend the conference is a chance to expand your network and open up new horizons.
Matilda El Hage from Lebanon, last year’s winner from Africa & the Middle East, shared the following wisdom for this year’s entrants:
“I would advise other teachers to sing their song, be genuine about it, be authentic about everything regarding your teaching field and your students. Show what you do best.”
So if you’re thinking about entering, ask yourself the following questions:
- Do I love my job?
- Do I make a difference to my students’ lives?
- Am I proud of my work as a teacher?
If the answer to these questions is yes, then you’re exactly the kind of teacher who should enter the competition! Winning teachers not only get to travel to either IATEFL in Manchester (UK) or TESOL in Denver (USA), but they also get global recognition from Pearson English, like Pablo Santos, Tetiana Kulynok, and Arata Nishio.
How you can apply
In order to apply, you have to make a short video introducing yourself and your teaching philosophy. In your video we’d like to hear about two things:
- An experience you’ve been able to share with other teachers that has made a difference.
- How your English teaching has enabled you to make a difference to students’ lives.
Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a filmmaker to enter. We’ve got some tips and tricks for making your video entry stand out.
If you are an inspiring teacher we’d really love to hear from you. If you know an amazing teacher who you think deserves to win, get them to apply for the Teacher Award!
Advice from last year’s winners
Entrants need to put aside their self-doubt, says last year’s winner from Europe and Central Asia, Tetiana Kulynok:
“Stop thinking about the outcomes, stop comparing yourself to others, stop feeling sorry for yourself, just do it.”
According to Pablo Santos, the winner from North and Central America, imagination is the thing that really makes you stand out from the crowd:
“Use your creativity, be yourself, use your own materials.”
For Mariana Garrone, last year’s winner from South America, authenticity is key:
“If other teachers are thinking of entering this award, I would advise them to just go for it, to be authentic. To be themselves and to give everything, because they can win, there is a chance. They can be immersed in this community.”
Apply now and win a trip to the IATEFL or TESOL 2020
Applications open today, October 5th. Head to our Teacher Award website to enter and find out more. And don’t forget to share the competition with a talented teacher who you’d like to encourage to apply.
We’re looking forward to your entries! Good luck!