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Title: Dr Catherine Walter


1
Dr Catherine Walter Equal Opportunity and
Diversity in ELT connecting with disability
2
Connecting with disability
  • Catherine Walter
  • Institute of Education, University of London

Sub-brand to go here
3
Definitions and obligations
  • Legal definition
  • Legal obligation
  • Social definition

4
How aware are we?
  • Activity 1
  • What kinds of disabilities have you encountered
    in your experience with learners?
  • What sorts of adjustments have you made for these
    learners?
  • Where would you go to find out about making
    adjustments for these learners?

5
My own experience
  • Dyslexia, dyspraxia, hearing impairment, visual
    impairment, blindness, deafness, epilepsy, sickle
    cell anaemia, Crohns disease, diabetes, asthma,
    mobility impairment, attention deficit disorder,
    bipolar syndrome, depression, coeliac disease,
    post-traumatic stress disorder, carpal tunnel
    syndrome, repetitive stress injury, arthritis,
    biliary tract spasm, heart disease,

6
How do we educate our teachers?
  • Activity 2
  • At what stages in the application process would
    you encourage certificate or diploma applicants
    to disclose disabilities and ask for adjustments?
  • What points would you want to cover in
    encouraging applicants to disclose disabilities?

7
How do we educate our teachers?
  • In the ELT sector, we are behind
  • See requirements for PGCE providers
  • Who enters the profession is vital

8
How do we educate our teachers?
  • In the ELT sector, we are behind
  • See requirements for PGCE providers
  • Who enters the profession is vital
  • No printed word, nor spoken plea
  • Can teach young minds what they should be.
  • Not all the books on all the shelves
  • But what the teachers are, themselves. (Kipling)

9
How do we support our teaching staff?
  • not very well
  • Smith 2008 qaire to 194 UK-based teachers and
    teacher trainers 15 semi-structured interviews
  • Working with disabled learners either in the
    language classroom or in the training classroom
    is by no means an unusual situation, but it is
    one for which the majority of ELT professionals
    in this study consider themselves to be
    under-prepared.

10
What do our materials tell
teachers and learners?
  • Activity 3
  • Look at the materials. How present are people
    with visible disabilities?
  • Look again. Would these materials present any
    problems for people with visual impairments or
    dyslexia?

11
What can we do?
  • Activity 4
  • Brainstorm ideas for what we could do to make our
    classrooms more inclusive
  • Choose one or two ideas and write down what would
    be the first steps towards achieving these
    changes.

12
Some resources
  • Equality and Human Rights Commission
  • JISC Techdis
  • TDA Able to Teach (for PGCE but useful)
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