Diversity and representation have become important social issues in the last few years, and this discussion has filtered through to the ELT world. However this discussion seems to have had little or no effect on international ELT materials.
We feel that, significant improvements need to be made in how various groups in society are included in the most popular international coursebooks. These subjects include:
- Black, Asian and minority ethnic people
- Disabled people
- The working class
- Indigenous people
- Non-conventional body types
- Non-hegemonic countries and cultures
- People living and working in extreme conditions
- Non-urban environments
- Elderly people
- Aspects of faith
- Mental health
In response to this situation, we decided to create Raise Up! Project, starting with a multi-level coursebook containing eight lessons on a variety of subjects including work rules, family, leadership, and rural life. The methodology reflects that normally found in an international mainstream coursebook, as does the design. The book is an attempt to demonstrate how this kind of accessible coursebook can be inclusive without being controversial, and to provide teachers with practical, ready to use lessons that are genuinely diverse and are not currently provided to them by ELT publishers. All of our proceeds go to good causes, and everyone working on Raise Up! is a volunteer.
Below you can find links to learn more about our coursebooks, written by a diverse and global team of writers, editors, proofreaders, illustrators and photographers, follow us on social media, sign up to our newsletter to stay in touch, learn more about our collaborators and the good causes we support, and links to resources so you can learn more about representation in ELT.
It’s official, the second Raise Up! book will be published by Taylor Made English on June 27th.
We publish mainstream ELT coursebooks with a difference. Ours are inclusive and diverse, with lessons which include a range of social groups that are rarely, if ever, seen in ELT materials.
All profits from the sales of Raise Up! books go to good causes. You can find out more about these organisations
Everyone who contributes to Raise Up! is a volunteer. We are very grateful to them for getting involved and being part of this project. Find out more about them, and how you can get involved, on this page.
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The Raise Up! Project was created by Ila Coimbra and James Taylor. Find out more about them here.
On this page is a list of our articles, presentations and interviews, and whenever we find something useful or interesting to read, we’ll add it to our list.