Nominations galore for Owl Hall

A couple of weeks ago we let you in on the news that Owl Hall, a Macmillan Readers project that we’ve been working on, was nominated for a British Council award for Innovation in Learner Resources. Well, we’re pleased to announce that the praise doesn’t stop there—the Reader has gone and been nominated again! This time it’s in the running for the Language Learner Literature Award, and we’re looking forward to seeing whether it takes the crown.

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The Language Literature Learner (LLL) Award is run by the Extensive Reading Foundation, with its aim being to support the use and development of language learner literature in English teaching whilst encouraging extensive reading in language education. Each year an international jury selects the best new works of language learner literature designed for grade readers, with the finalists being chosen for their “outstanding overall quality and likely enduring appeal”. Teachers and students are able to vote for their favourite books with the overall winners being decided by the jury, with the winning titles set to be announced in September at the Extensive Reading World Congress.

This year there are 15 titles of particular merit, arranged into five categories, and one winner will be chosen in each. As for Owl Hall? Well, it’s officially a finalist in the Adolescents & Adults: Intermediate category, with the reason for its inclusion being spelled out on the ERF site—“This is a very well-constructed story with a quite elaborate plot that develops in a very intelligent way. It builds on the tension and adds a couple of good twists that keep you hooked to the end. A page-turner!” Sounds good to us! And, with the help of our innovative and already-nominated website we think it could be a winner. So, what’s next for Owl Hall? We can’t wait to find out…

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