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Film English Wins MEDEA Award

Posted on December 16, 2013 by kierandonaghy


Film English has won the most important and prestigious media and education prize the MEDEA Award for User-Generated Educational Media, one of the two main prizes. The jury of 119 media and education experts from 28 countries decided that Film English  was the best entry submitted by teachers, students, learners, parents, professors, individual or organisational representatives in primary education, secondary education, higher education, adult education, vocational education and/or training.

The aim of the MEDEA Awards is to encourage innovation and good practice in the use of media (audio, video, graphics and animation) in education.
They also recognizes and promotes excellence in the production and pedagogical design  of media-rich learning resources.

The winners were announced during the MEDEA Awards Ceremony which took place as part of the  Media and Learning Conference  in the Flemish Ministry of Education and Training headquarters in Brussels. This year the competition attracted a record breaking 342 entries from 37 countries.



I’m particularly happy to win this award as the pedagogical vision of the awards – that it is only when video and audio are routine components of education and online learning, that we will have an educational environment that reflects the media-rich world in which our learners now live resonates with that of Film English.

My colleagues at UAB Idiomes Barcelona presented me with this beautiful poster designed by the mega-talented Fernando Moresi for winning the award.

medea kieran poster

Thank you to all my colleagues, loyal subscribers and users for all your support over the last 3 years.


115 thoughts on “Film English Wins MEDEA Award

  1. I am so happy for you and for us – teachers and learners alike because FilmEnglish is an awesome resource to master the English language. As a teacher, I particularly appreciate your thought-provoking clips that will inspire a lot of discussion, foster critical thinking and, in the long run, ensure that learning does take place. Thank you for the site!

  2. I got to know of this site thanks to this award, when a friend shared news of this. Bravo… May you get many more awards leading to thousands of more followers/users like me…

  3. I teach english to adults in France. Many of my students love films and I do too. I always ask them what they hope to learn, what they hope to gain from my lessons and a recurring response is to be able to watch & understand films in English. Your lessons do exactly that and I often use them. Thank you so much for the work and time you put into this and for sharing it. You deserve this award.

    • Hi Maureen,
      Thanks for the kind words and support. I’m really happy you and your students in France like the site so much.
      All the best,

  4. Yay! Well done Kieran,

    A most well deserved acknowledgment of your hard work…Hearty congratulations!

    Thank you for helping me to help others by making English learning and the seemingly ‘dark art’ of conversation much more interesting!


    • Hi Gary,
      Thanks for the kind words and support. I’m really happy the lessons have helped in the dark art of conversation :-).
      All the best,

  5. Congratulations Kieran! You really deserve it, your work is fantastic, very useful. My students in Argentina love your material and it’s excellent for practice. Thank you SO much! Go on!!!

    • Hi Patricia,
      Thanks for the kind words and support. I’m really happy you and your students in Argentina like the site so much.
      All the best,

  6. A worthy winner – congratulations!
    And many thanks for all your hard work to bring out such a rich variety of resources.

  7. Well done!
    I’ve only just discovered your site but have really enjoyed browsing it, and I have used the Coca-Cola Grandpa advert very successfully with my individual French pupils, both dyslexic and deaf.

    • Hi Marion ,
      Thanks for the kind words and support. I’m really happy the lesson worked so well with your students. Great news!
      All the best,

  8. Congratulations! You really deserve it. Your blog is great! I haven’t stopped using it since I discovered it 🙂

  9. That’s the thing with brilliant ideas. They pave the way for future ideas; they lay the ground for new beginnings. A few months ago I came across Film English and it had a profound impact on my decision to start my own blog “Art Least” with art-oriented experimentations in the efl context.

    Thank you all so much Kieran. Congratulations! Keep on inspiring.

    • Hi Chrsya,
      Thanks for the kind words and support. I’m really happy you like the site so much and that it’s inspired you to start a blog. I’ve checked out your blog and I think it’s really great! Very creative and imaginative. Congratulations!
      All the best,

  10. Congratulations:) You are doing a great job. Here I always find tons of inspiration and wonderful ideas. You definitely worth the prize.

  11. Congratulations! Thanks very much for sharing and spreading your interesting ideas. Generosity is always rewarded. Thank you. Nuria 🙂

  12. Congratulations for the award and for all the excellent work you do which helps a great dela as teachers.

  13. Congratulations Kieran! You deserve this prize more than anyone else and thanks for the amazing videos you share with all of us teachers!

  14. Congratulations on your award Kieran. You have put enormous thought and energy into the films you choose and the lessons that accompany them. They are wonderful for the classroom on so many levels, as prompts for vocabulary acquisition, discussion, debate, writing and just plain intensive listening. You deserve this award!


    • Hi Michelle,
      Thanks for the kind words and support. I’m really happy you like the site so much. It’s great to know you find it useful.
      All the best,

  15. Many congratulations on a well-deserved prize! Really enjoyed your talk at the conference in Barcelona last month too.:-)

  16. I’m very happy about it. It’s nice to see something really good being recognized. My sincere congratulations!!!

  17. Congratulations. You deserve it.It’s great work. many of we are really benefiting of it.

  18. Congratulations! You deserve it! I’ve been using some of your films in my classes and my students have enjoyed them as much as I have. They are really great. Thank you very much for your work!

  19. Congratulations! You deserve this award and more! Your work helps teachers and studens open our minds! Thanks … a lot!

  20. I’m very glad for you. It’s great to have one’s job being awarded. Congratulations and thank you for sharing such inspiring lessons

  21. Fabulous work. I haven’t used it yet. But I will. I have pitched in for it would seem unfair to use this great work without contributing. I guess national educational systems would be well advised to do the same…
    Congratulations to you and all those who take actions for a better world.

  22. Congratulations. You deserve it. I have discovered your blog this year and I am getting addicted, always excited to receive a new lesson in my mailbox.
    They are always a success in the classroom.
    Keep it up!

  23. Hi, my name is Marcelo and I’m from Brazil and would like to ask your help to learn English have known many colleagues over I really need somebody who wants to help me to learn English really, most unfortunately I can not afford classes, could you help me or direct me to someone who can actually native to help me?

  24. Congrats for wining media award! This award is truly great and in many ways this award means how hard work you did! So, carry on the spirit.