Addressing Sexual Moralities in ELT Materials: When Diverse Cultures Meet

  • Roslyn ApplebyEmail author
Part of the English Language Education book series (ELED, volume 9)


This chapter is concerned with the way sexual moralities and values are addressed in the design of English language teaching (ELT) materials. It discusses the shortcomings of commercial ELT materials available to address sensitive topics, and illustrates the challenges and possibilities of engaging with gender and sexuality through a case study of ELT for development aid in Timor Leste. In this example, teachers and students with vastly different cultural and moral outlooks pool their resources and expertise to design their own materials and investigate a sensitive issue of local concern. The chapter concludes that where language classrooms bring together participants with diverse backgrounds, such issues need to be recognised and negotiated with care, and teachers need to be mindful of their own cultural values and biases when using or designing teaching materials.


Cultural values English language teaching ELT materials Gender and sexuality International development 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Technology SydneyUltimoAustralia

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