Tyson Seburn

Representation Matters in Materials


In this talk, we will problematise the inclusion of marginalised identities by walking through the social spectrum of ELT materials from whitewashed to an array of brilliant colours. In doing so, these will illustrate how representation of learners, teachers, and the people of our societies can be accomplished effectively and appropriately to empower rather than (unintentionally) oppress.


Tyson Seburn, author of Academic Reading Circles and Coordinator of IATEFL TDSIG, is an instructor and Assistant Academic Director at the University of Toronto. He holds an MA Educational Technology & TESOL (University of Manchester). His interests focus on teacher development and exploring inclusive and critical pedagogy.