Speaking at the 57th IATEFL Conference in Brighton!
I am thrilled to share that my talk proposal has been accepted for the upcoming 57th International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL) Conference in Brighton. This annual event is a cornerstone in the field of English language teaching and learning, bringing together educators, researchers, and practitioners globally to share insights, research findings, and innovative practices.
The IATEFL Conference is renowned for its diverse and comprehensive program, featuring a wide range of topics pertinent to English language teaching. It provides a unique platform for professionals to engage in dialogue, exchange ideas, and foster collaborations that shape the future of language education. Being part of this event is not only an honor but also a testament to the significance of advancing our understanding and practices in the field.
My talk, titled “Launching DEI in Language Teaching: The Timing’s Never Right,” focuses on the imperative of integrating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) into language teaching. Despite the rich body of linguistic research on disenfranchised identities within language teaching praxis, there remains a gap between academic investigations and their application in the real world. My presentation aims to bridge this gap by drawing on both theoretical insights and practical experiences, advocating for a unified DEI agenda within the language industry.
The essence of my talk revolves around the evolution of DEI in language education from its inception nearly half a century ago to the present day. As an academic researcher and business owner, I offer a dual perspective that marries theory with practice. The goal is to chart a path forward for embedding a successful DEI agenda in language teaching, one that acknowledges the challenges and opportunities presented by spatiotemporal contexts.
If you’d like to read the original speaker proposal submission, download it here.
At the heart of my academic and professional journey is a commitment to action research in linguistics, particularly along the DEI axis. This approach is driven by a belief in the transformative power of education to foster inclusive environments that respect and celebrate diversity. My participation in the IATEFL Conference is an extension of this commitment, providing a platform to share insights and catalyze change within the language teaching community.
I look forward to connecting with fellow educators, researchers, and practitioners at the conference. Together, we can work towards a more inclusive and equitable future in language education. Stay tuned for updates and reflections from the conference!
For those interested in learning more about the IATEFL Conference and its offerings, I encourage you to visit the official website. It promises to be an enriching experience for all attendees, filled with learning opportunities that will inspire and challenge our practices.
Let’s continue the conversation on DEI in language teaching and make a collective effort towards creating learning environments where every voice is heard and valued. See you in Brighton!