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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Reading Club

Our Community

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are topics of great interest to English language learners and English language teaching professionals, especially in these times of heightened awareness of bias and discrimination. We know that issues related to DEI can be very sensitive. Our members are from different countries, cultures, and work settings and may have had different experiences with and understandings about diversity, equity, and inclusion in their contexts.

This reading group on myTESOL is designed to have focused conversations around a different article each week. The initial articles are drawn from TESOL’s Race, Identity, and English Language Teaching collection. The collection is freely available here.

Week 1, 9-15 August 

We will discuss “Black Teachers of English in South Korea: Constructing Identities as a Native English Speaker and English Language Teaching Professional” with author Quanisha D. Charles. She will post the initial question(s) for discussion and will take part in the discussion.

Week 2, 16-22 August 

We will discuss “On Issues of Discrimination and Xenophobia: What Can TESOL Practitioners Do to Support and Advocate for Refugee Students?” with author Chatwara Suwannamai Duran. She will post the initial question(s) for discussion and will take part in the discussion.

Our Community Guidelines

Free expression is a human right; we believe that everyone has a voice, and the right to use it. Our role is to encourage professional conversation in TESOL, which requires allowing diverse and inclusive perspectives to be heard.

Per TESOL’s Nondiscrimination Policy, TESOL promotes involvement and broad access to professional opportunities for all and works to eliminate any kind of discrimination including, but not limited to, language background, race, ethnicity, gender identity, religion, age, sexual orientation, national origin, dis/ability, culture, belief, or geographic location.

This forum is designed to let everyone share ideas in a respectful way and receive respectful comments. As teachers, we hope to educate and to learn from others. Nonetheless, we are committed to combating abuse motivated by hatred, prejudice or intolerance, particularly abuse that seeks to silence the voices of those who have been historically marginalized. All posts in this forum will be moderated. It may take an extra day for posts to show up, so please be patient. Blatantly disrespectful, dehumanizing, abusive, or threatening posts will not be shared.

If you have questions about posts or you feel that your post has been inappropriately restricted, please contact the community guidelines team at DEIcontact@tesol.org.

How to Participate 

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Community is open to members with a myTESOL login. To join this group, please start by going to this webpage: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. 

If you need help with logging into myTESOL, please read these instructions or watch these brief tutorials.

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