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Bestselling author Penny Ur OBE, who has written extensively on English language teaching for Cambridge, has won the Outstanding Achievement award at this year’s ELTons.
Every year the British Council ELTons Awards celebrate those who have found new and innovative ways of helping English language learners and teachers around the world achieve their goals.
Ur, who is based in Israel, received her award for her unique contribution to the field in a career that has spanned five decades. Penny’s English language teaching career began in the late 1960s and she is an expert English language teacher trainer, author and conference speaker. She published her first book with Cambridge in 1981 and she’s still publishing with them today. This has included several bestselling methodology titles for Cambridge University Press & Assessment.
‘Penny is highly regarded throughout the whole English language teaching sector and she thoroughly deserves the award,’ commented Karen Momber Senior Professional Learning & Development Consultant at Cambridge University Press & Assessment. ‘Penny has only ever published with Cambridge and we’ve been working with her since the early 1980s. This makes her a big part of the Cambridge family and her ground-breaking books have had a huge impact on teachers and learners all over the world.’
Ur was a former series editor for Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers (CHLT), from 1995 to 2005. She has contributed several titles in the series which started with Discussions that Work, back in 1981, and most recently Penny Ur’s 77 Tips for Teaching Vocabulary, as part of the CHLT pocket book series.
Outside the series she is the author of A Course in English Language Teaching, which is about to be developed for a third edition.