Gender in language education

Learn to recognise different kinds of gender bias and stereotypes, some of the barriers learners face in gender equality and equity, and how to help overcome them in your context. Access this free course now - enrol until 21 September.

Welcome to 'Gender in language education'

How can you enrol?

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How will the course help you?

Learn to recognise different kinds of gender bias and stereotypes, some of the barriers learners face in gender equality and equity, and how to help overcome them in your context..

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 you 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: Understanding 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 free online modules are available for self-study now. Enrolment closes on 21 September and the course closes on 28 September.

How much does the course cost?

The course is free.

How can you get a certificate?

You will receive a certificate if you successfully complete all self-study modules.

What level of English do you need?

Minimum CEFR B1

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Submitted by Md. Inam Ulla Khan on Thu, 12/09/2021 - 15:34

We should respect all the people. 

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.

Submitted by PrincessAdewoyin on Wed, 12/08/2021 - 15:27

I'm more than excited being the Director of a school and the National Coordinator of Human Rights commission,. I believe that human rights and gender equality should be part of academic curriculum to be taught in schools right from cradle to adulthood.

This is what we're doing at English Development Centre and I'm glad I'll be trained for it under the British Council platform

Submitted by Anthony Amotoe… on Wed, 12/08/2021 - 13:59

I take a very opportunity to learn to relearn and unlearn certain ideologies that can make me a better person while contributing my quota to the community and the individuals in my country (Ghana) at large. Oh yes, It is indeed an opportunity to explore a new discipline for growth and impart. I can't wait to collaborate with open-minded persons in this course. Once again, like I always say, let's grow together while we learn gender in language education!!


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Submitted by Halla Abdulsayed on Wed, 12/08/2021 - 13:09

New knowledge with new access to promote my developing skills in teaching the language provided by The British Council. Can't wait to start this new journey.

Submitted by Rosana Fernandes on Wed, 12/08/2021 - 01:06

I'm so happy and proud to see this theme of democratic education. It's amazing!

I'm so anxious to start! =D

Submitted by Abdalmonem22 on Tue, 12/07/2021 - 21:07

Really, I'm so happy to be involved in this programme and I'll do my best to be an active participant and get much benefit and share positively to make the difference 

Submitted by Timatafa on Tue, 12/07/2021 - 15:22

I am elated to have come across this course. Looking forward to learning that which will improve my teaching.

Submitted by Samamo-Clarkso… on Tue, 12/07/2021 - 08:16

I am truly grateful for this opportunity to be a part of the trainees. This will accord me the opportunity to gain new knowledge on Gender bias and stereotypes. 

Submitted by Maribol on Tue, 12/07/2021 - 06:31

Am happy to partake in this study course...Hoping for more to come.

Hi Sylla

If you are having technical problems with the course page not registering your progress, you can press the "help" button at the bottom right of the course page to report your problem.

Hope that helps,


TE Team

Submitted by Tebogo Gabana on Tue, 12/07/2021 - 03:36

Thank you very much. I'm happy to be part of the group

Submitted by Insa El Bachir… on Sat, 12/04/2021 - 07:49


Glad to participate with the trainees. Thanks to this given opportunity to upgrade our knowledge. 

From Senegal west africa where people are afraid to deal with gender issues!

Submitted by Fabricedavo on Fri, 12/03/2021 - 21:37

I'm so happy to participate to this training. I'm sure that I will improve my English skills. 

Submitted by Cheikhjob on Fri, 12/03/2021 - 17:42

I'm happy to be here. I hope this new adventure will be successful for me

Submitted by VirginiaSalgad… on Fri, 12/03/2021 - 09:11

I am very pleased to have the oportunity to learn more. Gender is sucha an important task and this is a very original way to think about it.


Submitted by Adeola Ahmed Bello on Thu, 12/02/2021 - 07:46

This is an avenue to upgrade my knowledge to impart the same to others and make society better for everyone.

Submitted by Xavier SHOMARI on Wed, 12/01/2021 - 19:36

I am very happy to be part of the trainees. I hope will gain more and improve my understanding of gender perceptions and why it is to be taken into consideration while planning and elaborating news policies and teaching tools.

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