CELEBRATING DIVERSE PERSPECTIVES IN ELT
Diversity and Inclusion are the current trends in education because they help to open the mind to accept similarities and differences, reduce the possibility of discrimination, and increase the level of importance of understanding and respect for each other. In such a learning environment, each individual learner finds themselves always welcome, listened to, and supported, resulting in more enjoyable learning experiences. Learners’ motivation to learn is then increased, their autonomy is enhanced, and their creativity is boosted. Learners can step-by-step achieve milestones on their English learning journey and also in their understanding of culture and life. Consequently, they become citizens with solid knowledge and skills needed in the future.
In the field of English language teaching, to build such a classroom environment, apart from encouraging and guiding teachers, educators need to create a similar working environment for teachers. VUS TESOL 2023 with the theme “Celebrating Diverse Perspectives in ELT” wishes to create a forum for educators at home and abroad to analyze the opportunities, challenges, and approaches for creating a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment to better escort students in their discovery of real-world knowledge throughout the stages of their learning journey.