British Council Award for ELT Writing - 'Teaching Spelling' awarded Special Commendation

I am delighted to tell you that my book, Teaching Spelling to English Language Learners, has just won an award. It has been given a Special Commendation in the British Council Award for ELT Writing.

The British Council Award for ELT Writing

The inaugural British Council Award for ELT Writing is a £1,000 award that recognises an outstanding contribution by an English Language Teaching author or authors, and is administered by the Society of Authors.

The judges said my book:
"confronts the apparent vagaries of the English spelling system with both diligence and charm ... ground-breaking ... makes a potentially dry topic fascinating"
and they called it
"a little gem of a book".
Nice, eh?

Below are some photos from the Society of Authors Awards Party where I received the great news:

 Receiving the award from Clare Tomalin.

There it is!
 So happy!!!

 With winners Michael Swan and Catherine Walter

My book on display with other prize winners 
(most of them fiction, not ELT)

All the prize winners .

The judges were Ingrid Freebairn, Judy Garton-Springer and Alan Maley.



  1. CONGRATULATIONS! I'm really delighted for you and hope this recognition will pave the way for a more open approach to teaching spelling in Britain. All the teachers I have shown your book to, here in Australia have been really enthusiastic.

    Johanna, my family and I are off to Europe in about a week so the writing we discussed will have to wait I'm sorry. I have not forgotten.

    All the best and thanks for sharing this great news.


  2. Congratulations, Johanna, you deserve it for such a brilliant book.

  3. Thank you very much, Megan and Joanne. As you can imagine, I'm really happy about it.

  4. Congratulations! Wow! I'm glad you recieved such an important prize! And I feel so proud you were my teacher at least once!

    Kind Regards from Spain,

    Ana Prieto

  5. Congratulations!! I've written a few books myself, though yet to win awards. I know how much work is required, so well done.