This project reviewed how gender roles are represented in four lower secondary English language textbooks used in the state school sector in Japan.
The research and digital outputs drew on questions posed by the British Council funded Gendering-ELT research: To what extent do current ELT materials align with the goal of gender equality? and, What are the (mis)representations of gender and gender equity in ELT policies, curricula and materials …?
The project outputs were:
- Research Report: Gender roles in English language textbooks in Japan.
- An series of online Japanese language videos for decision makers highlighting the results of the study and key considerations: Visibility, Language Issues, and Imagery.
- A downloadable toolkit ACCESS to gender balance: A toolkit for teachersthat supports teachers in exploring gender-related issues through textbooks or other learning content. This toolkit includes guidelines and practical suggestions on how to balance gender diversity and inclusion and address gender empowerment in ELT materials.
- An online webinarfor teachers, demonstrating the toolkit.