Teaching Changes Lives #teachingchangeslives

We are delighted to announce the winners of the #TeachingChangesLives competition!

Thank you to everyone who sent us their entries – we were moved by the sheer number of inspiring and life-changing stories we received.

Prize Winners

Prize: an all-expenses paid scholarship for the Oxford English Language Teachers’ Academy Summer School, held at Worcester College, Oxford.

Diana Carolina Barriga, Colombia

Judges’ comments

“Carolina’s story of the work she is doing in the poorer areas of Bogota is very moving. For many of us, education is taken for granted but this story shows us the real difference a teacher can make.”

Eugenia Yurinova, Russia

Judges’ comments

“A truly inspirational story. I am glad to see that this teacher was able to make an impact on people that society will often leave behind, and I am not surprised that the impact also changed her.”

Hamadony Muzafarov, Tajikistan

Judges’ comments

“If we need proof that teaching changes lives, the stories of Madina and Sayora show beyond doubt the power of education.”

Ratchanok Uicheng, Thailand

Judges' comments

“This presentation demonstrates the impact that a subject teacher can have on all aspects of a child’s learning. Far beyond teaching English, this teacher has demonstrated that she is teaching skills which impact on all aspects of the students’ life.”


Prize: An Oxford Teachers’ Academy Online professional development course.

Yullia Shevchenko, Ukraine

Israel Flores Garcia, Mexico

HaiHa Nguyen, Vietnam

Mohammed Tarabih, Oman

Fátima Gonçalves, Portugal

Carlos Alberto Matrone, Brazil

Thi Huynh Lan, Vietnam

Muhammet Gökhan Gök, Turkey

The competition is now closed.

We asked teachers to complete the following task:

Create a presentation or a video to show how your English language teaching has changed lives for the better.

You can focus on an individual student OR a class OR an entire school or institution.

Oxford University Press – We believe that teaching changes lives

Every day, we enrich the lives of individuals and communities through education and learning English.

This is our story – but what’s yours? Have you ever thought how your own teaching has helped to change lives for the better?