Gender in language education

Find out about our free course 'Gender in language education'. The course is available from 5 March 2024. Enrolment ends on 25 March 2024 and the course closes on 1 April 2024.

Welcome to 'Gender in language education'

How will the course help me?

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.

What does the course include?

Gender in Language Education is a self-study training course, which is divided into three hour modules. It also includes:

  • A dedicated Facebook community of course participants with up-to-date insight, resources and innovative ideas for you to try out.
  • Engaging discussions taking place in the Facebook community
  • Live events with your course tutor and language teaching experts.
  • A free workbook with extra learning content and resources.

What will I learn?

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.

When is the course?

The course is available from 5 March 2024. Enrolment ends on 25 March 2024 and the course closes on 1 April 2024.

How much does the course cost?

The course is free.

How can I get a certificate?

For participants who successfully complete all tasks and achieve a score of 60% or above in the online exercises, there will be a downloadable certificate of completion at the end of the course.

What level of English do I need?

Minimum CEFR B1

How do I sign up for the course?

Please follow the steps below carefully to access this free training course.

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What can I do now?

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


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

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 Taiwo Olatunde Ajayi on Sun, 12/19/2021 - 14:46


I am happy to be part this wonderful training. Hope to learn new things. Thanks

Hi wahiba

If you have enrolled correctly, you should see the "My Portfolio" tab next to the "home" icon in the top left of your screen, just below the British Council logo.

Hope that helps,


TE Team


Submitted by nidalelsousi8 on Sat, 12/18/2021 - 16:07


Iam Nidal El sousi, a teacher of E. Iam teaching primary ages. Iam happy to have this course with you. Thanx a lot

Submitted by Daniel Caetano… on Fri, 12/17/2021 - 18:26


I'm joyful to be here and I think that it will fine process.

Submitted by Alpha Ibrahima… on Fri, 12/17/2021 - 03:17


Being convinced that teachers have reference the British Council am proud to be accepted and I hope to have the knowledge which is in this lesson.

Submitted by Khalil ur Rehman on Thu, 12/16/2021 - 20:20


This program will be beneficial both for participants and eductional policy makers and educators and in the long run for students also.

Submitted by Safaa Atiya on Thu, 12/16/2021 - 16:20


Hello everybody. I am so glad to join this course and I hope it will meet my expectations 

Submitted by Hachimou Nakab… on Thu, 12/16/2021 - 15:52


Hi everyone I'm very happy to be part of this platform but I have problems on following the course so could I do to better understand the way to follow the course without any problems.Thanks Nakabo from Niger


Hi Nakabo

If you are enrolled on the course, you need to click on the "My Portfolio" tab on the top left of this page.  This will take you to the learning platform where you can access the course materials.

Don't forget that you can also ask questions and interact with other participants on the course by joining the course Facebook group:

I hope that helps,


TE Team

Submitted by Maricristy on Thu, 12/16/2021 - 11:07


Hi, everybody! My name is Maria Cristina and I am from Cuba. Glad to share with all of you.

Submitted by Kaman Doré on Thu, 12/16/2021 - 07:40


I'm very glad to assist this interesting course! Hope that it will be a great experience for me in order to give feedback to my colleagues who don't assist and practice this experience to our different schools!

Submitted by Kennedy E on Thu, 12/16/2021 - 04:52


I am excited to participate in this course because it will help me to broaden my horizons on how to deal with gender in my classroom activities and the society generally.

Submitted by Sylla Issa on Wed, 12/15/2021 - 09:13


So delighted to be part of this exciting course. I think, it would help me understand the difference beliefs and attitudes on gender equality in Education, why not in the society. 

Once again good morning. 


Submitted by Amadu Lamarana Bah on Wed, 12/15/2021 - 04:52


Good morning ladies and gentlemen 

It's a great pleasure for me to be among the members of this challenge.

First of all my name is Amadu Lamarana Bah Guinean by nationality , an English teacher.

As a good educator,a great teacher ,it's an obligation for me to follow this technical teaching procedure, gender education.

Seriously speaking I would like to improve my knowledge,my skill,I am curious to know, to discover how things are going on.

Nowadays the best weapons to fight against poverty and ignorance is to get a good and stong education.

So,the questions are :

What is a good education?

How can we get it?

I can't end this comment without thank you very much to the British Council,to all the administrators of this website challenge.

Submitted by Kaman Doré on Tue, 12/14/2021 - 23:29


I'm proud to be here, in order to participate to this wonderful course.Hopping that it will be a great experience for me!

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