Congratulations to Cothrom!June 20, 2012
TOOLS member Sabhal Mòr Ostaig has Cothrom as a community-based training partner in the Outer Hebrides. Cothrom takes the lead role in supporting English language learning activity, and the English component of the Island Voices video collection recently reached the final stages of selection for a British Council ELTon, sponsored by Cambridge ESOL – “a celebration of excellence in English language teaching (ELT) from around the world.”
Michael Carrier, Head of English Language Innovation at the British Council said: “The ELTons have grown to become an essential fixture in the ELT calendar. They are a wonderful opportunity to showcase innovative ELT products and creative ELT authors from around the world, and we are very proud to be able to bring the ELT community together to celebrate innovation in our profession.”
The Island Voices Videos were nominated under the Local Innovation category, and were judged to be a “model for language learners in any community”, which “could inspire others elsewhere”. For TOOLS they also provide open source listening material for the Clilstore platform in abundance. 75 English videos, matched with 75 Gaelic ones, provide a total of over 12 hours of online listening material, complemented with full transcripts and catalogues detailing topic, CEFR level, and language content. The full list of shortlisted candidates can be found by clicking on the ELTons image. Cothrom was in very good company!
The Island Voices site is at http://guthan.wordpress.com. If you are looking for English language listening materials (or Gaelic!), it’s well worth a visit.