Gender-ing ELT: What can we do in our everyday classes?

  • O'Boyle, A. (Invited speaker)
  • Vander Viana (Invited speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


Much of our attention in English language teaching can be dedicated to the language itself – for example, grammatical structures and thematically related sets of words.
In our language classrooms, there may be less attention given to social issues in teaching materials and fewer opportunities provided for students to engage in social issues.
As teachers, we may be overlooking the contribution that we can make to the education of our English language students as individuals who are fully engaged with global issues. Drawing on a research project conducted in several countries, this webinar shows how we can embed gender-related topics in our pedagogical practice.
To this end, we draw on activities designed by teachers and student teachers around the globe. Collectively, these activities illustrate how we can overcome existing barriers (e.g. lack of relevant pedagogical materials) and bring together the focus on both language and socially relevant themes.
We would hold that we, all English language teachers, should welcome gender-related topics to our classes with a view to educating gender-aware students, reducing gender issues in our present-day society and contributing to internationally relevant sustainable development goals.
Period08 Mar 2023
Event titleInternational Women's Day Event, Teaching English, British Council
Event typeSeminar
Degree of RecognitionInternational