Thoughts on ELT, English and whatever else comes into my head
Following my post asking Who’s The Wolf in ELT? – candidates being language schools including big chains, no less than the British Council itself – I got a surge of DO SOMETHING from reading one of the comments.
Blogging is all very well (in case anyone didn’t notice, I love it and seem to find more to write just by virtue of having somewhere to write it) but it’s not action in any real sense. I plan to contact the BC directly to give them chance to respond and have some ideas for following that, but it’s still just generating more internet paper.
So Paul Walsh’s comment and link to his post The V Moment contained a brilliant suggestion that I’d never have thought of – a SIG group for Teachers as Workers (TaWSIG).
I feel that teachers and teaching associations should take more of an active role in lobbying for change in the industry. Paul Walsh
So, I’ve contacted Carol Read, the outgoing IATEFL President, and outlined what I think such a SIG could do, suggested to Paul that we co-run it and been told that we first need to establish that there is demand for such a SIG in IATEFL.
If the type and number of comments on the original post doesn’t do that, if the number of times it’s been viewed and shared doesn’t do that, if the common knowledge of the state many teachers work in doesn’t do that, then hopefully this little Twitter survey will.
So, saying YES here takes a few seconds, no need to register or anything and is anonymous.
Loosely, the SIG would be interested in:
So, this could be the beginning of something exciting! I’m excited! It’s going to give me loads more stuff to blog about 🙂