Gender equality in English language teaching practice: A resource book for teacher education

A book of essays and teacher education professional development tasks on gender in English Language Teaching.

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Edited by Vander Viana and Aisling O’Boyle


Gender equality in English language teaching practice: A resource book for teacher education contributes to a reconceptualisation of English language teacher education by drawing teacher educators’ and student teachers’ attention to the importance of gender equality from an early stage of professional development. It is one of the outcomes of the international research project 'Gender-ing ELT: International perspectives, practices, policies', which investigated the socially relevant contribution that English language teaching (ELT) can make towards gender equality and the empowerment of woman and girls.

The book contains 30 reflective essays written by future or current English language teachers, who discuss whether their ELT practice should contribute to gender equality. These essays are organised in ten country-specific sections – Bangladesh, Botswana, Brazil, China, Colombia, Indonesia, Morocco, Philippines, Ukraine and Vietnam. Each of these sections opens with a country profile in order to help readers understand the context in which the essays were written. The profile is followed by three essays, which have been supplemented with additional activities (i.e. pre-reading reflection, post-reading discussion and practical tasks). These activities are wide in scope, and they may be undertaken by teacher educators and student teachers in all country contexts.

The context-specific personal reflections included in this book have the potential to resonate in several other contexts. They show that there is much to share across national/local contexts and that there is still much to do to challenge gender inequalities wherever we are on the globe.

The editors would be most grateful if you could provide them with feedback on this publication. For example, they would very much like to find out what you particularly liked about the book, how you have used this book and how helpful it is in your specific context. You can share your feedback with them by e-mailing

The publication is free to download in pdf format below.


Submitted by Bukola Samuel on Tue, 04/18/2023 - 10:49

This course and the resources are quite educative and insightful. Thank you for putting this together.

Submitted by Ekaterine.Megr… on Wed, 03/29/2023 - 13:41

Thank you

Submitted by NatMal1a on Wed, 03/29/2023 - 10:36

Thanks a lot for this course. I've never even thought of the abyss that exists between men and women, boys and girls in our heads. The course helps me understand not only the different stereotypes we're still having but find the ways of overcoming the barriers between both sexes. I could look at school course books by a new angle of view. Now I know what I can do to change the situation in my country, in Ukraine. Thanks indeed. It's an interesting and very useful course.

Submitted by Cath McLellan on Wed, 03/29/2023 - 13:49

In reply to by NatMal1a

Hi NatMal1a

We're glad that you found this course helpful, and it's great that you feel you can use some of the ideas in your own teaching context - thanks for taking the time to give us your feedback,


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