Encouraging gender balance among speakers at UK events for Teachers of Englishto Speakers of Other Languages/Teachersof English as a Foreign Language. (TESOL/TEFL)




The Fair List, UK and the years 2020 and onwards

In 2020, the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic, the ELT world enjoyed one gender-balanced event in the UK in January, the English UK Academic conference.
By mid-March everything had closed down and since then there have been no big face to face events here.
Organisations in the UK have done their absolute best to offer interesting events for professional development on current e-learning platforms, such as Zoom, which allow us to see, hear and read each other, often for free, and from the comfort of our own homes, no travelling necessary.
These events throw up a conundrum for The Fair List, UK however. This is usually the time of year when I draw up a list for our annual awards event. But a succession of presenters at a zoom event means that, in effect, every speaker is a plenary speaker since we can experience only one at a time. There are no simultaneous parallel presentations. And with social distancing requirements, having a panel discussion is very difficult, if not impossible.
So, until such time that the majority of our professional community can reconvene, The Fair List, UK is on pause. There were no awards events in 2020 or 2021. We hope for better in 2022 onwards.’.
Meanwhile, as people say nowadays…
Stay safe!
Tessa Woodward
(Founder of The Fair List, UK)


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