#CdnELTchat Summary for November 19, 2019 (Out & about: LGBTQIA2+ learners and teachers)

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#CdnELTchat Summary for November 19, 2019
Out & about: LGBTQIA2+ learners & teachers
Bonnie Nicholas

The #CdnELTchat team hosted a fast-paced chat on November 19; the topic was Out & about: LGBTQIA2+ learners & teachers. We were thrilled to welcome Tyson Seburn (@seburnt) as our guest moderator for this chat, and we thank him for sharing his expertise and insights. Participants discussed questions under the headings of barriers, key points, teaching, materials, support, and change.

There were many ideas and resources shared both throughout the hour-long chat and afterwards during the #slowburn format. We’ve added everything that has been shared to this document, Resources for Including #LGBTQ themes and people. This is an editable Google Doc, so we hope that ELT professionals will continue adding links and resources to facilitate our own growth and learning. 

Throughout the chat, certain themes emerged, and some reminders of what we might do as teachers:

  • There is a need for ongoing teacher development on inclusivity, diversity, and LGBTQ+ communities.
  • There is also a need for vetted, effective, inclusive learning materials for all language levels. 
  • Work to make our classrooms safe spaces for LGBTQ+ learners: think every day about our language choices, non-judgemental approaches, representation without spotlighting, and allyship.
  • Perhaps most strikingly, we have a responsibility as ELT professionals to educate ourselves about LGBTQ+ communities. We can’t wait for someone else to do this for us. 

The six questions below were discussed during the chat. If you’re on Twitter, you can find the conversation by following the hashtag #CdnELTchat, but we’ve also collected the relevant tweets using Wakelet, #CdnELTchat summary for November 19, 2019.

  1. BARRIERS: What obstacles or barriers exist regarding LGBTQ+ inclusivity?
  2. KEY POINTS: What is important to understand to be an ally to both in and out LGBTQ+ colleagues and learners?
  3. TEACHING: What does LGBTQ+ inclusive teaching look? What does it not look like?
  4. MATERIALS: How can we avoid tokenism in our materials? Are there suitable materials for all levels and/or small centres?
  5. SUPPORT: How can we support colleagues uncomfortable with LGBTQ+ topics in class?
  6. CHANGE: How can we be agents of change towards inclusive, welcome, and safe environments at our institutions?

The #CdnELTchat team is always looking for people who would be interested in facilitating one of our bi-monthly chats.  Please let a member of the team know if you are interested in co-moderating a live chat, or in collecting and writing the summaries which are posted on the BC TEAL and TESL Ontario blogs, and shared with TESL NS. Other provincial #ELT associations are also welcome to share. If you would like to volunteer, or have ideas for chats, contact any of us: Jennifer @jennifermchow, Augusta @ELTAugusta, Svetlana @StanzaSL, or Bonnie @EALStories.  Post ideas anytime on our Padlet, https://padlet.com/BonnieJean/CdnELTchat

zAB6NaOy_400x400Bonnie Nicholas (@EALstories) is an enthusiastic participant in the bi-monthly #CdnELTchat as well as a member of the #CdnELTchat team along with Svetlana Lupasco (@StanzaSL), Jennifer Chow (@jennifermchow), and Augusta Avram (@LINCInstructor). Bonnie teaches LINC at NorQuest College in Edmonton.

 

 

 

#CdnELTchat Summary for November 5, 2019 (Intercultural Fluency in the LINC Classroom)

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November 5 #CdnELTchat (Intercultural Fluency in the LINC Classroom)
By Bonnie Nicholas

On November 5, 2019, the #CdnELTchat team was happy to welcome Sandhya Ghai (@GhaiSandhya) of Mosaic BC (@mosaicbc) as our guest moderator for a discussion of Intercultural Fluency in the LINC Classroom. This chat was a follow-up to Sandhya’s Tutela webinar on the same topic. (Tutela members can log in to view the recorded webinar.) Thanks to Diane Ramanathan (@ramdiane), Tutela Community Coordinator, for facilitating this partnership between Tutela and #CdnELTchat.

Here are some key points raised by participants during the chat:A first step in developing intercultural fluency is to be aware of our own positionality and our own cultural identities.

  • Everyone has some intercultural experiences to draw on, even learners from countries that we might think of as being monocultural.
  • As instructors, we need to be mindful of our choices in learning materials and resources. 
  • Think about having an attitude of curiosity and cultural humility.
  • Several participants reiterated the importance of integrating inclusive intercultural practices into everything we do in the classroom. 
  • Create learning opportunities for learners to explore and share their culture.
  • Be kind to ourselves when we make mistakes.

Participants used these questions as a springboard for discussion during the chat.

  • What does it mean to be interculturally fluent?
  • What steps can instructors take to increase their intercultural fluency?
  • As teachers, we are always pressed for time. What are the most important concrete steps that we can take to make our classrooms more interculturally fluent?
  • How can intercultural fluency be embedded in the LINC curriculum?
  • Many of the students in our classes come from monocultural countries. How can we help them adapt to a multicultural environment?

If you’re on Twitter, you can find the conversation by following the hashtag #CdnELTchat, but we’ve also collected the relevant tweets using Wakelet, #CdnELTchat Summary on Intercultural Fluency in the #ELT Classroom.

The #CdnELTchat team is looking for people who would be interested in facilitating one of our bi-monthly chats.  Please let a member of the team know if you are interested in co-moderating a live chat, or in collecting and writing the summaries which are posted on the BC TEAL and TESL Ontario blogs, and shared with TESL NS. Other provincial #ELT associations are also welcome to share. If you would like to volunteer, or have ideas for chats, contact any of us: Jennifer @jennifermchow, Augusta @ELTAugusta, Svetlana @StanzaSL, or Bonnie @EALStories.  Post ideas anytime on our Padlet, https://padlet.com/BonnieJean/CdnELTchat

zAB6NaOy_400x400Bonnie Nicholas (@EALstories) is an enthusiastic participant in the bi-monthly #CdnELTchat as well as a member of the #CdnELTchat team along with Svetlana Lupasco (@StanzaSL), Jennifer Chow (@jennifermchow), and Augusta Avram (@LINCInstructor). Bonnie teaches LINC at NorQuest College in Edmonton.