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Lesson Share competition: How to enter

Find out what you need to do, what we expect from a winning lesson and read our rules and conditions for entry.

What to do | The following features will be rewarded | Rules and conditions


What to do

  • Design a lesson plan for 20 minutes or more of classroom time.
  • The lesson can introduce or practise a particular language function or grammar point, or it might be a game – you choose.
  • It can be aimed at adults, teenagers, children, business students – any ELT discipline or area of expertise.
  • Send an email to webeditor@macmillan.com with your lesson plan and a completed Lesson Share entry form (at the bottom of this page) as attachments.
  • You may optionally attach additional files containing other materials required.
  • There is no closing date for the competition – entries are accepted throughout the month, every month, and winners will be contacted individually to discuss your lesson.

Please note: Onestopenglish is unable to publish any entries which contain copyright materials, e.g. text extracts, images, song lyrics, etc. All materials must be created by the entrant. All entries must be in English.

The following features will be rewarded

  • Originality.
  • Clarity of instructions for teachers. Remember that some of the teachers using your materials could be inexperienced or might be looking for a last-minute lesson with no time for extra preparation – step-by-step teacher’s notes are a must!
  • Suggestions for ways that the lesson could be combined with other activities or extended.
  • The appeal for an ESL/EFL teacher at the level specified.
  • Any support material provided.

Rules and conditions

  1. The competition is being run by Macmillan Publishers Limited ("Macmillan").
  2. Entrants must be teachers of English as a second or foreign language and be aged 18 or over. Entrants must be a resident in a jurisdiction which permits entry to competitions upon rules of this nature.
  3. The competition is not open to employees of Macmillan or Macmillan Limited or any subsidiary of Macmillan Limited or members of their immediate family.
  4. The instructions for entry form part of the rules. All entrants are deemed to have accepted the rules and to be bound by them.
  5. Entry is to be made by email, attaching the lesson designs and a completed Lesson Share application form, which must include the entrant’s name, address and telephone number.
  6. Proof of sending will not be accepted as proof of receipt or entry. Only entries properly completed will be included in the competition. Fraudulent, illegible, defaced or incorrectly completed entries will be disqualified.
  7. By entering the competition, the winners agree to participate in such promotional activities and feature in such promotional material as Macmillan may require and to assign all intellectual property rights including without limitation copyright in their competition entry if required by Macmillan.
  8. Each entry must be original. By entering the competition each entrant agrees to indemnify Macmillan from and against any and all liability arising as a result of their entry infringing the intellectual property rights including without limitation copyright, of any third party, being defamatory, libellous or otherwise unlawful.
  9. The panel of judges will be comprised of the Commissioning Editor and Editor of onestopenglish.
  10. The winners will be the people who have submitted the lesson which is selected to be the best of the entries by the judges in their absolute discretion.
  11. The winners will receive a professionally edited and designed lesson plan, plus a book prize.
  12. No part of the prize is exchangeable for cash or any other prize.
  13. The judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. The winner will be notified by email. The identity of the winner will be announced on onestopenglish.com.
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