Is there discourse against women in ELT?

Simple English ~ Nicola Prentis

At this year’s IATEFL, Russ Mayne and I gave a talk called “Where are the women in ELT?”. It was attended by about 50 people, crammed into a 40 seater room, but has been talked about by twice that many people if the online debates are anything to go by. See Steve Brown’s post following the talk and Scott Thornbury’s reference to it. Healthy public debate was what we expected. Other conversations took place on social media and those were a bit different — at least the ones I saw. This post is about the one that surprised me the most and happened on Facebook after someone who was at the talk posted a photo and a positive comment about the talk.

Reasonable discussion of issues and implications followed, including both male and female commenters, and some suggestions were made of things that could be done to even…

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