Gender equality has become an increasingly important issue for language teachers and teacher educators as well as for many parents and students. This webinar thus seeks to raise awareness and initiate a discussion on the topic of gender in language education and why the topic is relevant for language teachers. Participants will have the opportunity to scrutinise gender stereotypes in teaching material, uncover language with an unconscious gender bias and reflect on how to overcome barriers which stand in the way of raising gender issues in the classroom. Participants will then be introduced to interactive teaching resources and will experiment with practical activities which address gender topics.
Join the Gender in Language Education webinar on 14 September from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. IST. The speaker, Thomas Kral will:
- consider why language teachers should be paying more attention to gender
- examine gender stereotypes and biases in teaching material
- discuss ways of promoting gender equality in our teaching
- explore practical teaching activities which address gender topics.
About the speaker
Thomas Kral is a Training Consultant with the British Council and a PhD Researcher with Lancaster University. He has been involved in language education for twenty-five years, as a teacher, teacher trainer, materials writer and project manager. He has worked on British Council teacher development projects in Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Thailand, Rwanda and most recently on the English Connects project in Sub-Saharan Africa. Thomas has been engaging with gender topics in language education for more than a decade and has frequently embedded gender-related themes into his teaching and teacher training. He is currently based in Andhra Pradesh and is conducting research with first generation female students in higher education on the social justice implications of studying in an English-medium college.