I have just been accepted to give a talk at the IATEFL conference in Brighton next year. It will be my first proper conference talk having joined this organisation in 2012 and watched many others do so. While being excited by the prospect, I also feel somewhat daunted by it – especially given the topic I want to discuss. Earlier this year, I gave an interview about my own mental health issues in relation to working in the English Teaching profession and how it had affected my career. I wasn’t sure if a conversation about mental health in ELT had already begun within this industry or to what extent other teachers had already written about it. I subsequently found that quite a few already have and more teaching professionals have added their voice this year. I have been collating blog posts but now comes the next stage.
I would be very grateful if people who work within English Language Teaching, whatever their role, could complete my survey. This research will form part of my talk and I will also publish the results in April 2018, around the time of the talk. I am not looking for statistics – just qualitative responses! I give all assurances to confidentiality, anonymity and data protection in the survey. Most of the questions are optional, including all that relate to personal information. Furthermore, I will follow the British Association for Applied Linguistics’ recommendations on good practice at all stages before following-up and before any publication of the results.
Please see the preview below or click here to access the survey. Then once you have completed it please share with colleagues, employers and other interested parties. Hopefully, it will generate some great responses on this important topic.
Below is the short link to the survey if you wish to copy and paste into your blog or social media:
Update: I will stop receiving new responses and close the survey on 21 December.
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