Macmillan Early Learning Path shortlisted for ELTon

29 March 2016

We're delighted to announce that The Macmillan Early Learning Path has been shortlisted for the Local Innovation prize at this year's ELTons awards.

Organised by the British Council, the ELTons are the only international awards that recognise and celebrate innovation in English language teaching, rewarding educational resources that help English language learners and teachers to achieve their goals. The Local Innovation category celebrates learner or teacher solutions developed at a local, national or regional level to meet a specific local need.

The Macmillan Early Learning Path (MELP) is the first product of its kind in Spain to actively involve parents, carers and grandparents in all aspects of their Pre-school child’s English language education, without any prior linguistic knowledge required. It embraces the belief that parents who show attention, respond positively and are actively involved with their child will greatly aid their child’s development. MELP promotes a holistic approach to education, linking home, school and the wider environment, with the child at the centre. It is essentially an English language initiative, but MELP also promotes social, creative and emotional development and learner autonomy in the activity provided.

Developed by Macmillan Education in Spain, the project responds to a local need for more parent interaction, encouraging parental input in day-to-day learning.

The winners of the ELTons 2016 will be announced at an awards ceremony in June, for more information about the shortlisted entrants in other categories, see the English Agenda site.


The Macmillan Early Learning Path

MELP has been designed for parents to use at home with their children, building on the language and skills work covered in class time. It consists of a set of printed materials including the coursebook, a resource pack with instructions for parents, a parents’ guide and checklist. Parents are also given access to our Online Parents’ Community which includes a set of online resources including step-by-step illustrated instructions for crafts, song files and free extra materials uploaded at regular intervals. Additionally, pupils are treated to a morning of activities, parents receive 3 workshops and teachers receive an online mentoring course.

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