From 11:30AM to 12:30PM // Concurrent Session 1
'Gender-neutral Language In the Classroom (And Outside)' by AJ Dalmaso Marques
Have you ever thought about how many times you could have used Gender-Neutral Language and how it could contribute to gender aspects? We live in a world where we have no idea who the people who surround us are. Taking this into consideration, I would like to invite you to join me in a webinar where we can discuss how Neutral Language and Gender walk hand-in-hand and how we all can contribute to this matter and, together, build a more welcoming and supportive world inside and outside the classroom.
AJ Dalmaso Marques has been a teacher since 2010 and I hold a CAE and CELTA. They are passionate about teaching and diversity and, because of this, They are always trying to have contact with all types of people and cultures.
From 11:30AM to 12:30PM // Concurrent Session 2
'Gender bias in coursebooks' by Fernanda Machado
Textbooks are a part of the reality of many english teachers in both english and regular schools in Brazil, being of help in the planning and execution of various activities for students. However, according to Blumberg (2009), gender bias in textbooks is an invisible obstacle to gender equality in education. Therefore, textbooks should not be worked with naively: as claimed by Eckert and McConnel-Ginet (2003), the more gender bias is reproduced, the more it is reinforced in society. Also, the invisibility of other kinds of gender, non-conforming to the female-male dichotomy, is an urgent matter to be discussed. With this scenario in mind, this presentation is aimed at discussing some strategies to combat gender bias in textbooks. In addition, it is important to point out that, in order for teachers to discuss gender bias in the classroom, teachers must overcome their own gender-blindness. So, this is not only a matter for students of the english language, it is also a matter for teachers and teachers-to-be to discuss in teacher training programmes.
Fernanda Machado is an undergraduate student, majoring in English and Portuguese. She is currently working as a teacher assistant at Inglês sem Fronteiras/UFRJ and has a specialization degree in English Teaching and Use of New Technologies. Also, she is currently researching on grammatical aspect, and she is interested in the dynamics of language and gender.