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19th April 2023 – GISIG Showcase (IATEFL Harrogate)

This year’s Global Issues Showcase on Wednesday 19th April at the 56th IATEFL Conference & Exhibition included the following talks: Language, power and education: five principles for critical pedagogy trainingRose Aylett (UK) | Presentation (PDF) If education is inextricably linked to social and moral responsibility (Kemmis & Smith, 2008), then teacher education should raise awareness of […]

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22nd April 2023 – ‘Learner Voices’ Hands Up Project Conference

We sometimes lose sight of the most important people in ELT: the learners. As we move up, along and through the various other career progressions of researcher, trainer and manager, we can go for months and years without talking to learners. In this conference, learners took centre stage. Quite literally. From the wonderful teenagers in […]

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3rd December 2022 – ‘Teacher Activism in Times of Adversity’ Online Panel Discussion

We are living through very polarised and challenging times. Issues like the climate emergency, international conflict, a global cost of living crisis, and populist governments rescinding basic human rights, might make it easy for us to lose hope in our ability to make a difference. However, in the face of this, English language teaching itself […]

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17th May 2022 – GISIG Showcase (IATEFL Belfast)

The 2022 Global Issues Showcase featured a fantastic line up of ELT professionals from around the world. The one thing they all had in common? An interest in raising awareness and taking action on issues of economic, social and environmental injustice, through their work as English Language educators. Read on to find out more about […]

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16th May 2022 – GISIG & IP&SEN SIG Pre-Conference Event (IATEFL Belfast)

ACCESS ALL AREAS: LANGUAGE STUDENT AND TEACHER IDENTITIES How can we make English language education accessible to all identities? How are different identities represented in or excluded from ELT materials? How can we better deal with conflicts of identity in our classroom? How can we develop progressive institutional policies to protect individual identities? How can […]

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2021 Conversations for Change – Discussion Series

Following the success of our two 2020 publications, Creating Change – Global Issues in ELT in Africa and Creating Global Change, in 2021 we continued the conversation for change, but this time live, interactive and collectively, online. Throughout 2021, GISIG members were invited to join us for lively, action-focused hour-long discussions on a range of critical and timely […]

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2021 Global Shorts Film Club

In April 2021 GISIG launched Global Shorts – an exciting online film club for IATEFL Global Issues SIG members. Short films are a fantastic classroom resource, and there are so many moving, funny, challenging and provocative shorts freely available online. Each month, we shared a collection of curated links to short films on global issues themes for members to use with […]

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5th & 6th December 2020 – GISIG/TDSIG Web Carnival

As 2020 drew to a close, GISIG was proud to team up with the IATEFL Teacher Development SIG (TDSIG) for a fabulous two-day online Web Carnival, focusing on the themes of ‘race and queerness in ELT’. Using our platforms to put race and queerness at the centre of the discussion, we aimed to bring together and amplify the voices of […]

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Issues Month 2020 – Contributions

Do you have relevant material for teaching about this issue? Lesson plans, interesting articles, videos? Share them with us here in the comments below!

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27th June 2020 – GISIG 25th Birthday Party

This year the IATEFL Global Issues SIG is 25 years old! To celebrate all the SIG has achieved over the years, and in anticipation of the next 25, on Saturday, 27 June we hosted an interactive online get together on Zoom. Attendees from all over the world joined GISIG’s new Joint Coordinator, Rose Aylett for a panel discussion with special […]

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