Simon Greenall Award

The Simon Greenall Award is in memory of our dear friend Simon Greenall OBE, teacher, teacher trainer, materials writer, past president of IATEFL and friend of the global ELT community.

The Simon Greenall Award is sponsored by Macmillan Education, International House World Organisation and International House London. Its aim is to support projects that bring people together through learning English. – Could this be your project?

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How can the Award help your project?

The Award aims to help and support the project through mentoring, publicity, funding (up to £1,500), and connection and visibility within the wider ELT community. The mix of these will depend on the nature and needs of the project.


The award can help you to:

  • Gain resources and mentoring to help you launch and establish your project.
  • Look critically at your project, what it needs, and how best to develop it.
  • Benefit your chosen community
  • Meet and learn from ELT experts and specialists, in particular the mentor/s
  • Bring your project to life with the support of the international ELT community
  • Bring people together through learning English
  • Make a sustainable difference to the world

Simon Greenall, OBE, friend of the global ELT community. 
This Award is inspired by Simon’s life and work.

How do you enter?

  1. Read and understand the Terms and Conditions
  2. Make a short video (2 mins max) explaining how your project will bring people together through learning English and benefit your community.
  3. Complete and submit the entry form with your video.
  4. Your entry form and video must be with us by midnight on Friday 31st March 2023 to be considered for judging. We’ll announce the winners on Friday 2nd June 2023, so keep an eye on your inbox! 
  5. If you have questions you can email at:

The winner of the Simon Greenall Award 2021

The Dau Dau Project, coordinated by Dr Sirhajwan Idek, Nurazilah Othman and Sydney Engelbert Ganggang of Keningau Vocational College in Sabah, Malaysia, were the recipients of the first Simon Greenall Award in 2021.

The Dau Dau project is an integrated arts endeavour 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. It has a strong online presence with many videos of learner performances.

The Dau Dau Project was mentored by Jill and Charles Hadfield over six one-hour monthly sessions. They helped the Dau Dau team develop their project by acting as a 'sounding board' for ideas and suggestions, offering feedback on activities, and putting the Dau Dau team in touch with other valuable projects and resources. The Dau Dau Project has been shortlisted for the ELTons local innovation award 2022, and has gained recognition locally and internationally.

Click here to see why we chose The Dau Dau Project.

The runners up of the Simon Greenall Award 2021

Runner up: Ozgu Ozturk: English brings together - helping students with learning disabilities in Turkey. A programme to set up effective language teaching methods for learners with Specific Learning Differences.

Runner up: Victor Carreão: World Englishes and memories podcast project. A project to create podcasts to promote and celebrate linguistic diversity in English and show students around the world that their "accents" tell powerful stories.