On Saturday morning, before attending the Innovate conference I tweeted this:
While I’m well aware this is not particularly innovative, I still think it is a question worth investigation. In fact, it produced some interesting responses;
The word ‘
industry‘ conjures up certain images in my mind. Workers churning out products to be sold to the masses, low paid workers and high paid owners, profit over working conditions and a top-down hierarchical structure. The connotation is a negative one and if you look carefully on the Macmillan dictionary website, one of the definitions states;
While the ELT profession is necessary, the point of this post is not to call for a dismantling of the ‘
industry‘ and the toppling of big name publishers in order to distribute the wealth. What I would simply advise is this; stop using the word ‘ industry’ among ourselves. Stop using it in conversations, conferences, blog posts and books. Instead, replace it with the word, profession. Look at yourselves as professionals and as individuals who serve yourself and your students. If we want to be taken seriously, to be given the respect we deserve and be a part of more than just another ‘ industry’, we must change how we are viewed. A change of mindset and vocabulary can do wonderful things.
Definition of ‘Profession‘ taken from macmillandictionary.com