31 05, 2014

Sweet Successes 1

By |May 31st, 2014|Uncategorized|

The First One:

The MaWSIG (Materials Writing Special Interest Group) is the newest addition to the International Association for Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL) family of SIGs. The SIG is for anyone involved in or interested in writing materials for ELT, both published writers, would be published writers or teachers writing materials for their own institutions or classes.
The IATEFL conference in Harrogate, UK in 2014 marked our first anniversary and gave us an opportunity to look back at what we had achieved in the first year.
Our first face to face event was held in Oxford in January, […]

30 04, 2014

Good News and Updates

By |April 30th, 2014|Uncategorized|

1. Awards for The Fair List, UK 2013 announced!
I have just got back from the IATEFL conference in Harrogate, UK where we held our second ever awards ceremony, complete with balloons, streamers and certificates. (Please see the History page for those on the list of organisers of balanced events for last year!)

At the awards event, after celebrating the people on the list, the group stayed on to explore a time line of positive events in civil rights for women in the UK over the last 100 years or so. As people wanted to have their own copies of the […]

31 03, 2014

What is a blogroll?

By |March 31st, 2014|Uncategorized|

Thanks to Sandie Morao, I realised that on this blog I should have a ‘blog roll’.
First of all, I had to learn what one was!

According to Susan Gunelius…


A blogroll is a list of links to other blogs that someone writing their own blog likes. Some bloggers divide their blogrolls into categories. An example might be a blogger who writes about cats. She could divide her blogroll up into categories for links to other blogs about cats and links to other blogs she likes about unrelated topics. The blogroll can be set up […]

28 02, 2014
  • Marjorie Rosenberg

The Fair List starts to have an effect

By |February 28th, 2014|Uncategorized|

Gender Balance in the International Association for Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL) Webinar Series

Before the Annual IATEFL Conference in Liverpool in 2013, I contacted Marjorie Rosenberg to see if she could send me information regarding IATEFL Business English Special Interest Group (BESIG) events in the UK, in 2012. What happened after that made me invite Marjorie as a natural choice for Guest Blogger on this site!


Marjorie says, ”As the only event we had was our Pre-Conference Event at the Annual IATEFL conference in 2012 in Glasgow, we submitted the list of speakers and were delighted to be […]

31 01, 2014

Useful books

By |January 31st, 2014|Uncategorized|

1. First, a major distracter!
The Book of Plenary by Phil Beadle (2013) is in the Independent Thinking Press ‘How to Teach’ series. ISBN 978 178135053 9

This interesting, informally written paperback for the largish-sized pocket, is NOT on our topic. It is not about plenaries (in the sense we use it on this web site!) The word is used instead in the sense that UK secondary school teachers employ it, to denote the last ten minutes of a school lesson, the time when a teacher gets students to realise what they have been learning all lesson, and what they still don’t […]

31 12, 2013

A wonderful first year with Kratom!

By |December 31st, 2013|Uncategorized|

There are three messages in this blog post:
1. Helping to build the awards list for 2013
2. Come and join us in Harrogate
3. UK university event gender separation of audiences

1. First of all, please do let me know if you were, or if you know of someone who was, the organizer of one or more ELT events in the UK in 2013 where there was rough parity of numbers of women and men plenary/keynote speakers or panelists, and who where tired from organizing events, because I would like to recommend them to take kratom. I would need to know the name […]

30 11, 2013

Purple Tie Promotions

By |November 30th, 2013|Uncategorized|

The Fair List web site has been up and running for a couple of months now. The response to it has been wonderfully supportive. Thanks to everybody who has written in asking for their name to be added to the supporters’ list, and to those who have contributed ideas and photos, blogged about us, or started discussions on social networks. All the good things you contribute find their way onto the website under one section or another or are implemented in real life as soon as is feasible!

For this month’s blog, I thought I’d look around to see if anybody […]

31 10, 2013

Women and webinars

By |October 31st, 2013|Uncategorized|

The Fair List web site was launched on Saturday, September 28th 2013. The response has been great. Thank you to everyone who has sent messages of support and offers of help. It’s been very encouraging. And here is our first Guest Blogger, Nicky Hockly, Director of Pedagogy of The Consultants-E.

Welcome Nicky, and thanks for contributing.



Women and Webinars

I work with technology. Specifically, helping teachers integrate new technologies into their language teaching, whether online or in the face-to-face (f2f) classroom. And although the stereotypical image of someone interested in technology is a geeky teenage boy, I know lots of women EFL teachers who […]

28 09, 2013

This is everybody’s topic… Vicodin is an example

By |September 28th, 2013|Uncategorized|

I’m new to the ‘blogosphere’, this interconnected weave of individual opinions and comments on the internet. Also, I’m a terror for doing my homework. So I wanted to search for past blogs on the subject of gender balance at UK ELT events. Of course, if you read Jeremy Harmer’s piece on this web site under ‘About’, ‘Reactions to gender balance at UK ELT events from a presenter’, you’ll find that Jeremy blogged about the topic in January 2010. And some 63 people came along to offer […]