About the Ben Warren Trust Prize

Ben Warren Prize

The idea of establishing a Trust in Ben Warren's name surfaced almost immediately after he was killed. The difficult part was to decide how the Trust could be best used as a vehicle to commemorate Ben's work and consequently, what the specific aims of the Trust should be.

There was no shortage of suggestions but eventually it was decided that perhaps the most effective way to achieve the desired aims would be to set up a fund which could be used to finance an award, to be known as the "Ben Warren Trust Prize". Originally an annual prize, it is now awarded biennially to the author or authors of the most outstanding work in the field of language teacher education.

Teacher education has always been at the heart of the IH World Organisation. The Cambridge English CELTA course (originally the RSA/UCLES CTEFLA), which is the most highly respected training course for EFL teachers ever developed, is based squarely on the pioneering work of John and Brita Haycraft at International House, and IH is still widely regarded as the foremost language teacher training organisation in the world.

Ben Warren was also dedicated to the idea of improving the standards of language teaching through teacher education. The Teacher Training Department at IH Barcelona —the largest training centre of its kind outside the UK— is a vibrant testimony to Ben's commitment to this idea, and so it seemed entirely appropriate that the prize should be awarded to someone working in this field.

The Prize (a cash prize of £2,000) is presented at IH Barcelona's ELT Conference in February.

All the entries are evaluated by a panel of judges consisting of two representatives from International House and a third person who is not directly connected with International House.

The Ben Warren Trust Prize has quickly become established as the most highly esteemed award in its field. It therefore constitutes a suitable memorial to the life and work of a remarkable man.

The 2017 Prize

The next prize will be for publications in 2016 and 2017. The 2015 short list is for 2014/2015 publications.

The prize for publications in 2016 and 2017 will be announced at the February 2018 ELT Conference.