A Gender Perspective in Initial English Language Teacher Education: An Argentinian Experience

  • Darío Luis BanegasEmail author
  • Lina Gabriela Jacovkis
  • Antonella Romiti
Original Paper


In second language teacher education there is a gap in the literature concerning initial teacher preparation on gender and sexuality education. The aim of this study is to analyse the impact of a foreign language teaching module with a gender perspective on the education of a group of 30 student–teachers at an online initial English language teacher education programme in Argentina in 2018. Following an ecological approach to teacher research, data were gathered through surveys and student–teachers’ completion of coursework. Overall, the student–teachers found the experience beneficial both regarding their personal development as citizens and future teachers, in terms of their increased awareness of gender matters and their ability to produce motivating language activities anchored in wider social practices which promote gender equality and diversity. The study includes implications for initial teacher education and curriculum development.


Teacher education Gender Sexual education Teacher research Professional practice 


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Author A declares that he/she has no conflict of interest. Author B declares that he/she has no conflict of interest. Author C declares that he/she has no conflict of interest.

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All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

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Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of WarwickWarwickUK
  2. 2.IFDC Lenguas Vivas Bariloche (Argentina)Río NegroArgentina
  3. 3.EsquelArgentina
  4. 4.Universidad Nacional de General SarmientoBuenos AiresArgentina

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