About the toolkit
The ACCESS to gender balance toolkit is designed for educators who would like to improve their awareness of issues connected to gender bias and gender representation in English language learning materials. It explains some key concepts and then demonstrates problems where gender bias and gender representation might appear.
The toolkit is designed to help teachers recognise gender issues through analysing sample learning materials.
It introduces a problematising framework: Access to Gender Balance, to apply to English language learning materials. Using the framework’s questioning strategies, teachers can compensate for any gender bias or gender misrepresentation they find. The toolkit provides guidance on applying Access to Gender Balance to focus on gender bias in various ways.
Through using this toolkit you will:
- Explore gender-representation issues in English language learning materials
- Explore strategies for managing gender bias and achieving gender balance
- Apply ‘gender-balancing’ strategies to sample English language learning content
- Explore resources for bringing gender balance into the English language learning classroom.