‘Shababbery’ and ‘banattitude’: Western ELT professionals’ perceptions of the role of gender in English-medium higher educational institutions in the Gulf

Paul Hudson

Abstract


This article discusses the impact of gender upon the lives of native-speaker English language teaching professionals (ELT) working in the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council. Based on a series of interviews carried out with a group of 35 experienced English teachers, managers and teacher-trainers, it shows how ELT is affected by the perceived need to adapt a censorial approach to teaching in the region, especially on issues relating to gender and the struggle to equate personal beliefs about appropriate gender roles in society with those of the society in which one is now living.


Keywords


gender; culture; GCC; censorship; English; native-speaker; religion; Islam; equality;

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18538/lthe.v9.n2.81