Gender in language education

Find out more about our free course 'Gender in language education'.

Welcome to 'Gender in language education'

In this practical four-week course, you will learn to recognise the different kinds of gender bias and stereotypes which exist in language education, some of the barriers people face in terms of gender equality and equity, and how these can be overcome.

How do I sign up for the course?

This course is not currently available. It will be available in 2023.

About the course

Module 1: Gender representation in teaching materials

This module will introduce you to the different kinds of gender bias and stereotypes which exist in language education. It's aimed at providing you with a general introduction to and understanding of the topic as well as helping you to recognise and evaluate these issues so that you can respond to them effectively in the classroom.

Module 2: Gender equality in teaching practice

This module will introduce you to ways we often perceive gender differences in the classroom. It's aimed at breaking down common assumptions about the differences between gender in education, so that you can help all of your students achieve success.

Module 3: Working with gender equality in education

This module will introduce you to some of the progress that has been made, as well as some of the barriers people face in terms of gender equality and equity, and how these can be overcome and worked with on an individual as well as a global scale.

Start dates and duration

The next course dates will be announced later this year. It will run in 2023.




For participants who successfully complete all tasks and achieve a score of 70% or above in the online exercises, there will be a downloadable certificate of completion at the end of the course.

Level of English required

Minimum CEFR B1



Submitted by Cath McLellan on Mon, 12/20/2021 - 13:46


Thanks everyone for all your comments and we are very happy that you have registered for the course. Don't forget you can also join the course Facebook page, where you can interact and comment on the course content - you can find the group here:


Submitted by Mabel M on Mon, 12/20/2021 - 13:50


Happy to have enrolled. I consider this topic a must for teachers. 

Submitted by Evangeline Priya on Tue, 12/21/2021 - 04:31


Help me to solve this problem,

How to know that I enrolled for this free course. 


I am a new user. Kindly reply.



Evangeline Priya

Submitted by Cath McLellan on Tue, 12/21/2021 - 15:27

In reply to by Evangeline Priya


Hi Evangeline,

Have you followed steps 1-6 above to enrol? Remember you need to firstly create an account if you haven't done so already. Then follow the instructions above. If you are still having problems, let us know.


TE Team

Submitted by Gehad Mohamed on Wed, 12/22/2021 - 15:12


This is Gehad.So glad to join that course.This is a very important area I aspire to know more it .Thank you so much for such an opportunity


Submitted by iram on Mon, 12/27/2021 - 20:42


I am trying to enrol on the "Gender in Language Education" course but I am unable to see the option to enrol on the course page. Also I cannot see " My courses" section in my account. Kindly help. 

Hi iram,


First you have to be on the course website. You can find 'My courses' in the 'My learning' tab at the top.


After you go to the 'My courses' page, if the you can see the course there then you are enrolled.


If not, you need to click on the 'Home' tab then the green 'Explore all courses' button. Then you can click 'Enrol in activity' for this course.


Best wishes,


TeachingEnglish team

Submitted by Awkward Linguist on Tue, 12/28/2021 - 15:24


Hello! I've just finished this course and I'm so happy that I participated in it. The course raises a lot of difficult questions about gender equality and gender equity in language teaching. I really liked this course and I'm going to change my way of teaching. Thank you for this opportunity.

Submitted by Amadu Lamarana Bah on Tue, 12/28/2021 - 16:13


Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen It's a great pleasure for me to a member of this challenge training to improve my knowledge and experiences.

Amadu Lamarana Bah from Guinea Conakry. 

Once more thank you very much British Council 

Submitted by Tammie Le on Fri, 12/31/2021 - 04:03


I'm glad I got to enroll in such a helpful course! However, there are some technical problems with the scoring and marking. Somehow the system keeps on showing that I'm at 0% and incomplete when I have done all the questions in the task. I'd be great if it's fixed so I won't be marked as 0% anymore...

Hi Tammie Le,


We're sorry you're experiencing problems. Can you report this using the 'help' button in the bottom right corner of the course website? Then the technical team will be able to help you.


Best wishes,


TeachingEnglish team

Submitted by ALMUDENA SANTOS on Sat, 01/01/2022 - 18:26


This is my first time doing a course on British Council web and I would like to express how glad I feel. Now I can notice gender differences in English classes ( exercises, comments, texts) as a volunteer teacher for Spanish students. Very good to share opinions with other teachers. And what about LGTBI students? Maybe a module dedicated would be one idea. However, it would be a good idea to find time spent doing this course on the certificate  

Submitted by idriss on Tue, 01/04/2022 - 21:10


I'am so glad to be part of the trainees.i Hope that this session will contribute to my personal development.


Submitted by Soe Soe Nwe on Wed, 01/05/2022 - 08:28


Many thanks to the organization of British Council for the trainings of Teacher Development and I hope many more to come. I believe now that we, teachers are getting well aware of gender representations in the coursebooks and applying some strategies to promote gender equality and remove barriers in the classrooms after taking this course. Thanks again for the resources.

Submitted by Margaret Yvette on Wed, 01/05/2022 - 17:03


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Good Evening Team,

Thanks for the learning opportunity.

How can one attain certification after completing watching the 6 steps in the above course?  Is there an online training in a separate link for this particular course?


Kind regards,








Submitted by Cath McLellan on Thu, 01/06/2022 - 09:19

In reply to by Margaret Yvette


Hello Margaret

Are you talking about a certificate for the Gender In Language Education course, or one of the webinars? If you have completed one of our online courses (like the Gender in Language Education one), you will receive a certificate through the learning platform when you have finished the course. 


TE Team

Submitted by Fatoumata Sylla on Thu, 01/06/2022 - 08:44


hello everybody !

I'm very glad to have this opportinuity to learn more 

Hi Meruyet,

We don't have a date yet for a new run for the course, but it will be some time in 2023. The course currently running is 'online skills for the 21st century' if you are interested in this topic. There is more information here :


TeachingEnglish team

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