Why, and how, should one make classrooms less heteronormative?

Join us on 9 June for this webinar looking at how to address heteronormative dominance in language classrooms.

About the webinar

Language education does not exist in a vacuum, nor is it neutral. Academies socialize learners and educators into structured systems of being and accepted behaviours. While this may provide order, it excludes many members of academic and language communities. For those who do not fit the prescribed narrative, the heteronormative atmosphere of institutions leads to isolation and self-expression that may be perceived as linguistic failure as it does not match expected utterances.

Beginning with ideas on heteronormativity, this session will explain how harm is caused via instances of erasure, and why this issue demands attention. 

Attendees will leave the session with a broader understanding of the impact of heteronormativity in the industry and with some practical steps they can apply to reduce that impact.


9 June 2022


14:00pm UK. See what time this is in your location


One hour

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About the speaker

Elizabeth S. Coleman is originally from the UK, although she has been working overseas for the past 15 years. She holds a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and an LL.M Gender and Human Rights.

Ms. Coleman began her EFL career in South Korea where she worked as an instructor and later Foreign Academic Manager of a private language school. After moving to Istanbul in 2013, Elizabeth has worked at various universities. Currently she is an instructor and CPD specialist at Istanbul Medipol University. A firm believer in education as a transformative and developmental tool, Elizabeth is engaged in research around social constructions, gender, and the representation of minorities in education.


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