Reflections on the co-development of ESOL teaching material exploring LGBT lives

Stella, F. and MacDougall, J. (2021) Reflections on the co-development of ESOL teaching material exploring LGBT lives. In: Pakuła, Ł. (ed.) Linguistic Perspectives on Sexuality in Education: Representations, Constructions and Negotiations. Series: Palgrave studies in language, gender and sexuality. Palgrave Macmillan: Cham, pp. 369-397. ISBN 9783030640293 (doi:10.1007/978-3-030-64030-9_13)

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Abstract

In recent years, the place of sexuality and gender identity in the ESOL classroom has been the subject of much debate among UK-based ESOL practitioners. This has partly been prompted by changes in the UK legal context: the 2010 Equality Act identifies a variety of settings, including education, where discrimination, harassment or victimisation on the basis of nine protected characteristics is explicitly forbidden; these protected characteristics include sexual orientation, gender identity and marriage status. This chapter reflects on the co-development of the resource ‘Engaging with LGBT and Migrant Equalities: Activities for the ESOL Classroom’, which aimed to address the dearth of LGBT representations in commercial ELT material. Its development was informed by conversations with Scotland-based ESOL practitioners about their practice and about how the resource might build on and fit into current delivery. The chapter considers the resonance and limitations of the resource, and the potential questions these raise for critical LGBT-friendly pedagogies.

Item Type:Book Sections
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Macdougall, Ms Jennifer and Stella, Dr Francesca
Authors: Stella, F., and MacDougall, J.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
L Education > L Education (General)
College/School:College of Science and Engineering
College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN:9783030640293
Published Online:24 March 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 The Authors, under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
First Published:First published in Linguistic Perspectives on Sexuality in Education: Representations, Constructions and Negotiations: 369-397
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
773801ESRC-IAA: Developing engagement on LGBT and migrant equalitiesFrancesca StellaEconomic and Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/M500471/1SPS - SOCIOLOGY