Top Resources for LGBTQ+ TEFL Teachers
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As LGBTQ+ TEFL teachers, planning your next TEFL or travel adventure includes an extra level of preparation. You don’t only have to think about your visa or your travel insurance or how you’re going to fit everything into your suitcase. Whether it’s finding out which destinations you’ll feel comfortable in, which schools won’t think twice about your sexual identity or orientation, or where the best LGBTQ-friendly bars and restaurants are, there is a lot to think about when it comes to choosing your next TEFL destination. And these are important decisions because they might affect your experience in a particular place or sadly, even your safety.
To help make the process easier, and in honour of Pride Month, we’ve put together a list of our top resources for LGBTQ+ teachers who teach English as a Foreign Language abroad.
It’s very important to keep abreast of the goings-on in the world when it comes to laws and legal matters. Equaldex is a website with a difference. It is an interactive map of the world. It provides an up-to-date view of the current status of different LGBTQ+ laws around the world, from laws regarding homosexuality and marriage and adoption to employment and housing discrimination. You can also click on each country to find out about their laws in more detail. This is a must-visit website before you book your ticket.
The International LGBTQ+ Travel Association is one of the original online resources for LGBTQ+ travellers. It has information on LGBTQ+ welcoming tourism businesses all over the world. Visit this website to find out which companies and services you should be using in your particular destination.
The Matador Network
The Matador Network is a travel website. It has articles on tons of different topics and many of those relate to LBGTQ+ travellers. From the latest on LBGTQ+ laws to the most LGBTQ-friendly destinations, it is a great resource to keep up-to-date with LGBTQ+ issues around the world.
Another online magazine, Out Traveler includes news from all over the world and reviews of top destinations, hotels and travel ideas for the discerning LGBTQ+ traveller. This is a great website to check out before you decide where you want to live, but also once you are there and are looking for ideas on how to make the most of your free time.
Similar but different, Travel Gay is touted as “the world’s best gay travel guide”. It offers reviews on hotels, bars, clubs and shops in cities all over the world. Plus, you can find recommendations for tours. They also have a podcast with interviews from famous members of the LGBTQ+ community.
A note of caution: unfortunately, even if a country has passed laws regarding equality, this does not mean that everyone in that country will subscribe to those beliefs. Even in very open and liberal communities, there might be people who are not welcoming or accepting of LGBTQ+ teachers. Choose wisely and surround yourself with allies to make sure you have the best experience possible.
Then, on a TEFL note, there are a number of resources we can use to bring the issues of gender identity and sexuality into the EFL classroom. ELT materials are, for the most part, behind the times on a number of issues (consider PARSNIPs), and we need to do more to make sure our classrooms become more inclusive. This can start with LGBTQ+ issues.
Read more: Should We Be Talking about PARSNIPs in the EFL Classroom?
LGBTQ+ EFL lessons
The one way we can include LGBTQ+ issues in our EFL classrooms is to dedicate lessons to the cause. In other words, plan and carry out lessons that identify and discuss issues related to LGBT. We all know the usual online sites that we run to whenever we need materials and resources for our lessons. Well, when it comes to LGBTQ+ TEFL lessons, we can do more of the same – Onestopenglish, Breaking News English, The Internet TESL Journal and ESL Discussions all have LGBTQ-related lesson materials that can be used to promote discussion and, hopefully, acceptance and understanding in your classrooms.
Unfortunately, these lessons are few and far between, but hopefully soon we will have more to choose from.
In your classroom, also be mindful that you may have students who themselves are part of the LGBTQ+ community. They might be more than happy to talk about their lived experiences and share their stories, or they might not feel comfortable talking about it. However you deal with the topic, make sure you do it sensitively and with care.
Normalizing LGBTQ+ in TEFL
The other way we can contribute is to ensure we have appropriate representation of LGBTQ+ in our ELT materials.
Read more: Representation in ELT and EFL Classrooms
We have found these websites to be super helpful in this regard:
Stonewall provides a wealth of resources both for the teacher and the classroom. There are informative articles to read, teaching tips and lesson resources which will help you make your classroom more inclusive.
School’s Out is another useful resource, with articles and lesson materials.
While we might not be able to dictate what is and isn’t in our coursebooks when sourcing your own materials for your lessons, be sure to include images and references to people from all walks of life and different points of view.
These are our top resources for LGBTQ+ TEFL teachers, as well as teachers who would like to incorporate more LGBTQ+ materials into their EFL lessons. If you have any more you think we should know about, please drop us a comment!
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- In some situations, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of your personal information. We may restrict your personal information by temporarily moving the information to another processing system, making the information unavailable to users, or temporarily removing published information from a website. We may also use technical methods to ensure the personal information is not subject to further processing and cannot be changed. When we have restricted processing of personal information, this will be clearly indicated on our systems.
- You can require us to restrict processing in the following circumstances:
- You are concerned that the information we hold about you is inaccurate. You can ask us to restrict the information until we can determine whether the information is accurate or inaccurate.
- We are processing your personal data unlawfully and you do not want us to delete the information but restrict it instead.
- We no longer need the information for the purposes for which we collected it, but they are needed by you for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
- You have objected to the processing (see below), and we need to decide whether the legitimate grounds we have to process the information override your legitimate interests.
Processing you think is unlawful
- If you tell us that you think we are processing your personal information unlawfully, but you do not want the information to be erased, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of that information.
- We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the processing is unlawful, and may also ask that you provide evidence to support this view.
Processing of personal information you think is inaccurate
- You can tell us if you think the personal information we are processing about you is factually inaccurate. You can require us to restrict how we use your personal information until we can verify the accuracy of the information. We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the information is inaccurate, and may also ask that you provide some supporting evidence of the alleged inaccuracy.
- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.