Angry Language Brigade's blog

Response to racist TEFL blog

A response to a racist blog posted in support of actions happening at the Speak Up School of English in London.

Callout for submissions: Unpaid labour in the language teaching industry

End Unpaid Work!

As part of a developing project, the Angry Language Brigade is requesting submissions about the experiences of unpaid labour by language teaching workers.

Working for The Man

This describes my brief experience at a (now infamous) language school in London. It would be great to hear from others who have had similar kinds of experiences.

The trials and tribulations of a non-native TEFL teacher

A personal account of the difficulties encountered in the TEFL industry by a non-native teacher.

On balance: guidelines for the representation of women and men in English language teaching materials

Article by Women in EFL Materials written in 1991 offering a good overview on how to avoid discriminatory language and stereotypical images in ELT publishing.

Young workers' rights - TEFL lesson

A TEFL handout for advanced / upper-intermediate students from the book 'Functional skills English: health & social care workbook' (aimed at students who would like to find work in health care).

I punched my boss in the face - TEFL lesson

A lesson plan based on this article, which appeared in Vice Magazine in January of 2013.

Victory against wage stealing language school!

After a short but intense campaign, Marta, a receptionist at the Speak Up London language school, has won a week’s unpaid wages and a glowing reference.

33 country fast food strike - TEFL lesson

A lesson plan around the "Fight for 15 campaign" and a recent international one-day strike in support of US fast food workers fighting for better wages.

Marta: 2, Speak Up: 0

A successful action and a short Twitter callout regarding wage theft at the Speak Up School of English in London.

Student protest in Italy - TEFL lesson

TEFL lesson from the British Council for intermediate students around the topic of student protests in Italy. A reading or listening task is followed by a matching exercise.

Wealth inequality in America - TEFL lesson

TEFL handout aimed at advanced students based around the video Wealth Inequality in America. Activity mainly focused on vocabulary building and listening practice