by Theodora Papapanagiotou Nikos is one of my most diligent students. He always brings his books, notebooks, well-sharpened pencils and has always studied before our lesson. In fact, he even tells me the synonyms of the words he has as spelling homework. And he always has his questions written in columns and in colour on … Continue reading Is it too late?
One of the articles that we came across while working on the first Raise Up! book was this one by Derek Philip Xu. Derek’s article is particularly interesting because it was written by someone inside the publishing industry with the intention of expressing his concerns about the compromise that he as an editor and as … Continue reading Recognition For All
Have you ever felt embarrassed because you realized a little too late that a choice you made was inappropriate? The feeling is not great in our personal lives, but when that happens professionally, it feels even worse. This happened to me in a class with a student recently. The sole intent of the lesson was … Continue reading A moment of embarrassment turned into a lesson – how to become a more critical teacher
We’re very happy to introduce you to Silvana and Romina, the inspiring duo behind Hello ESI. Based in Argentina, they are advocates for Comprehensive Sexuality Education and they were kind enough to interview us in July 2020. We’re delighted now to return the favour and give them the opportunity to tell you about their work. … Continue reading Raise Up! Interviews… Hello ESI
On the second of June last year, in the face of global protests in the Black Lives Matter movement, many people took to social media to post black squares. This simple gesture was designed as a mark of solidarity and a small gesture of protest in favour of a cause that many seemingly agreed with. … Continue reading Black Squares And Action
Teachers have busy lives, so, oftentimes, we get free online handouts ready to be used. Isn’t it easier to get a handout with all the images you need, instead of creating a whole new one from scratch? Of course, it is! I do that all the time. However, how inclusive (or exclusive) are the images … Continue reading Guest post: Sharpening Your Eye For Inclusion In Ready-Made Handouts by Cintia Rodrigues
As part of our research into diversity and representation in ELT materials, we spoke to some coursebook writers to see how they felt about the situation, and this formed part of the first presentation we ever did, at IATEFL 2019. A couple of years on, we have decided to expand that pool of opinions and … Continue reading What do authors think?
Wanting diversity in the line-up of your ELT conference isn’t just about doing the right thing. By having a range of speakers from diverse backgrounds, you will also be improving the quality of your event. Diverse perspectives and experiences make for a more interesting experience for the delegates. Furthermore, speaking at a conference can be … Continue reading Guidelines For Organising A Diverse ELT Conference
All of the proceeds from our B1 level book go to Las Patronas, an amazing grass-roots organisation based in a little town called Amatlán de los Reyes, an hour away from Veracruz, Mexico. Amatlan is on the route of cargo trains that take goods from Southern Mexico to border towns in the North. La Bestia … Continue reading Raise Up! Interviews… Las Patronas
When we saw this lesson plan, we just knew we had to share it with you. For young learners aged 4 to 7, it helps them question stereotypes through puzzles and play. Thank you to Thais and Active English for giving us permission to share it here. To find out more about Active English courses, … Continue reading Lesson Plan: You Can’t Be It If You Can’t See It By Thais Malagoli Braga