Teaching English podcast: How can the ELT sector become fairer for all teachers?

Download the ninth episode, activity booklet, show notes and transcript from series 2 of our podcast 'British Council Teaching English'.

British Council: TeachingEnglish - series 2 overview

In our second series of this ten-part podcast series from the British Council, we try and provide solutions to some of the key questions being asked by English teachers around the world. Each episode explores a specific topic through interviews, a focus on recent developments and reports on British Council initiatives in English language teaching.

For each episode, an activity booklet, practical show notes and transcripts in English and Arabic are available to download at the bottom of the page.

Episode 9: How can the ELT sector become fairer for all teachers?

Looking at the world of ELT from the perspective of fairness, justice, and equity, there is much to admire. However, it is far from perfect, and in this episode we look at some of those areas in which significant improvement could be made. In our field report, we hear from three individuals whose organisations are trying to make ELT a better place in terms of fairness in working conditions, inclusion in the workplace, and gender balance. In our interview, we speak to Rachel Tsateri, who is a prominent advocate for the rights of ‘non-native speaking English teachers’, drawing on her own experience of being discriminated against.

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Show notes

Each episode contains downloadable show notes. These include the following:

  • Ideas for how you could use the podcast in your teaching
  • Detailed notes with extra information about the contents of the episode
  • Useful links

Using this podcast for lessons or training 

  • You can download a transcript of the episode from the podcast homepage. To help you and your learners with preparation and language analysis, all words at the B2, C1 and C2 CEFR level have been highlighted.
  • There is an ‘activity booklet’ for this episode, which contains activities you can use in your classroom. The activities focus on speaking, listening, grammar and language. They are available in both pdf and in editable PowerPoint format, in case you wish to edit them to make them more relevant for your specific classroom.

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Download the following resources at the bottom of the page.

  • Episode 9 audio file
  • Episode 9 Show notes
  • Episode 9 activity pack
  • Episode 9 Transcript (Arabic and English)

Production team

  • Hosts: We'am Hamdan and Chris Sowton
  • Producer: Elizabeth Dyer
  • Executive producer: Kris Dyer 
  • Arabic language consultant: Sawsan Abu Qare


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Submitted by kabanzajean on Tue, 02/27/2024 - 10:11

I've appreciated the topic especially the fact that what matters in English teaching is competency of the teacher, not that he is a native or non-native teacher. Therefore, a competent English teacher can teach anywhere all over the world.

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