In 2015, Hornby scholar Dr Chris Lima made us proud by winning an award at the British Council's ELTons ceremony, which celebrates innovation in English language teaching around the world. She received the Macmillan Education Award for New Talent in Writing, having created a set of classroom materials which explore Shakespeare’s plays from both literary and linguistic perspectives.


Her relationship with the Trust began in 2008, when she was awarded funding to study a Masters in Education Trainer Development at the University College of St Mark and St John in Plymouth. Before then, she had worked as an EFL (English as a foreign language) teacher at a private language institute in Porto Alegre, Brazil.


Soon after completing her scholarship, she revealed how it had opened up new opportunities. “Since finishing my UK masters I have been granted two other scholarships to do a Masters in Research followed by a PhD in the UK. I have also become an active committee member of the IATEFL Literature, Media and Cultural Studies Special Interest Group and an Executive Board Member of the Extensive Reading Foundation.”


Chris later became an EAP (English for Academic Purposes) tutor at De Montfort University in Leicester, and edited a collection of papers written by other Brazilian Hornby scholars, published by the British Council.


Her award at the ELTons is a well-deserved recognition of her achievement in creating a high quality programme designed to reflect the needs and interests of both literature and English language (EL) students. The judges described it best when they called it “a detailed, thoughtful course making Shakespeare’s works fresh, appealing and relevant to high-level EL learners”.


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Success stories: Chris from Brazil

“Since finishing my UK masters I have been granted other scholarships”

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