I’m sitting here in Denmark after having attended the annual IATEFL conference in Liverpool in the UK. There are always people from all over the world at this conference, which is one of the biggest gatherings of teachers of English as a foreign language in the world and this year was no exception.
One really nice surprise for me was to meet up with We’am Hamdan who I had recently worked with virtually. I love working online but it’s always nice to meet people face to face and We’am had travelled a long way from Palestine to be in Liverpool where she was leading a session for the IATEFL Global Issues special interest group. We’am was talking about a really interesting and universal topic so we have decided to devote this whole show to it.
Here’s how We’am enticed people to her session before the conference.
I was intrigued to learn more about gender issues in Palestine and when I caught up with We’am it turned out that gender issues in Palestine is really about gender issues globally.
What do you think? How would you have reacted to that male student who said ‘ Women should stay at home’?
The IATEFL conference records some of the main sessions. You will find a link to the page for the videos here. One of the main themes this year was about inclusivity, so you don’t have to be an English language teacher to find something of interest!
And here is the link to the stories We’am used to share the lived experience of Palestinian women.
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The next show will be coming to you from Dr Laurent Borgmann in Germany on June 7th so until then stay tuned!
The host of this show is: Anne Fox