Diversity and Inclusivity in English Language Education

Cara Templeton, Head of the Intensive English Programme at Prem, was selected to present her research at an international conference on ‘Diversity and Inclusivity in English Language Education’ at Thammasat University in Bangkok on December 9th.

The presentation examined the research Cara conducted into the framing of Indigenous students in Australian education policies and analysing themes of discourse, inequity and race. Connections were then made between her original research findings and the positioning of English as an Additional Language (EAL) students through a lens of ‘deficit’ in international education contexts.

The hope for the presentation was to inspire educators to reflect on education policies and the hidden curriculum and find ways to challenge them through the promotion of classroom practices that celebrate diversity, inclusivity and ensuring language rights for all.

Over the two day conference, Cara had the opportunity to reflect and connect with other like-minded educators from around the world and she has been asked to conduct more research into this area in partnership with a university in both Thailand and Australia.  

 

Cara Templeton

Head of the Intensive English Programme

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