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?

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What can I do now?

While you're waiting for the online modules to open, if you're interested in learning more about gender in language education, you can:


Submitted by Arlette2021 on Tue, 12/14/2021 - 21:39


It's a great opportunity for me to be part of this program. Hope to learn more about the topic. This will help me a lot to relate what is happening in other countries with my own country in Benin (A West Africa country).

Submitted by Belal Abdullah on Tue, 12/14/2021 - 16:45


Many thanks are extended to the British Council Team for their great efforts in providing teachers with new methods and techniques of modern teaching and learning. Iam really excited to be involved in this course.

Submitted by Daniel Caetano… on Tue, 12/14/2021 - 16:32


I'm glad to be participating in this course

Submitted by Soe Soe Nwe on Tue, 12/14/2021 - 13:46


My interest is to increase in the area of gender studies concerning teaching English in the classroom. Thus, I'm happy for having a chance of taking this course and many thanks.

Submitted by Mamane Sara Abacar on Tue, 12/14/2021 - 11:54


Gender issues are nowadays on top of school and professional concerns. I'm glad to be sharing things in the course.

Submitted by Tagarji on Tue, 12/14/2021 - 09:13


It's indeed an honor and privilege to me personally to take part in this training exercise.

Submitted by Chalbyen Godwin on Tue, 12/14/2021 - 04:49


Thank you British Council for this great opportunity to acquire the knowledge required to teach our students about gender equality. This is also an opportunity for me go learn and increase in knowledge

Happy learning!

Submitted by gassim20032001… on Tue, 12/14/2021 - 00:42


I an so happy to be among educators.

Submitted by gassim20032001… on Tue, 12/14/2021 - 00:38


When is the coures starting?

A concern from Guinea

Submitted by Nilanka on Mon, 12/13/2021 - 18:57


I am really happy to follow this course also as I have done others successfully. and hope this course also will be benefitted for teachers all over the world as gender discrimination happens all over the world 

Submitted by Moustapha Malam Sani on Mon, 12/13/2021 - 18:09


I'm from Niger Republic. I very glad to be among all of you in this plateform. I hope these weeks of courses on Gender in Language Éducation will be an opportunity to learn more about it. 

Submitted by Moustapha Malam Sani on Mon, 12/13/2021 - 14:04


I'm very proud to have succeeded in enrolling myself in this platform. This is without doubt an opportunity to learn more about Gender in Language Education. 

Submitted by Berthe Gerardine on Mon, 12/13/2021 - 09:56


I'm happy to be part of the boat and eager to learn something new

Submitted by José Pires KAPANGO on Mon, 12/13/2021 - 06:54


Thanks a bunch for accepting my request. I'm so delighted to be a member of this wonderful group.

Submitted by Folagems on Mon, 12/13/2021 - 03:25


I look forward to learning and sharing impactful insights on this platform and network.

Folakemi Oloto 

Submitted by englishteachermarina on Sun, 12/12/2021 - 01:44


Hello from Spain, I am very glad to have the opportunity to enroll this course.

Submitted by Abdourahamane Diallo on Sat, 12/11/2021 - 17:18


I'm very happy to be among you. Thanks for this opportunity.

Submitted by Mamadou Barry on Sat, 12/11/2021 - 11:52


I am very delighted to be part of this community

Submitted by Adama Johnson on Fri, 12/10/2021 - 14:23


Uh yeah, I'm not only happy about this opportunity. I'm certainly inviting an NYSC Community Development Service group in Oshodi NYSC to join the course. Their focus is on Gender and Gender-based violence. 

Submitted by joel.fernandez001 on Fri, 12/10/2021 - 11:22


Hello, everyone! I am so excited about this course because Gender and Development is very close to my heart. Being a teacher plus a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community, it is very essential to have topics like these, being a catalyst for gender equality most especially in the field of education. I always believe that gender preference must not be a hindrance to reach for your dreams and through this course, I hope that gender stereotypes will be lessened and eventually erased.

Submitted by Sadjá Manafá on Fri, 12/10/2021 - 10:32


First of all, I would like to join this huge opportunity that will change something in my teaching life. To tell you that knowledge is never enough. Life is always learning.

Submitted by Giltohon on Thu, 12/09/2021 - 17:33


I'm glad to be among the trainees for learning more. It's an opportunity and a challenge. 
Thank you so much.

Submitted by Jeramirezga on Thu, 12/09/2021 - 14:46


Hello everybody. I wanna share my ideas about this topic and know other ideas around the world. Thanks, a hug.

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