About us

#ELTtoo: working to build safer work environments for everyone.
#ELTtoo is a movement of educators who want the voices of people that have been harassed, bullied and intimidated to be heard, no matter who they are or where they are.
Our mission is to work with people to raise awareness of these issues and provide support, guidance and appropriate training so that all our work environments are harassment- and bullying-free.

#ELTtoo is a call for real change in ELT for all genders worldwide.

What are we doing?

  • Raising awareness of the serious issue of abuse, harassment and bullying
  • Sharing personal stories
  • Sharing information about sexual misconduct, harassment and bullying: what it is, and actions you can take if you are a victim of abuse
  • Actively supporting the idea of a safe, fair and comfortable workplace for all
  • Working together with professional bodies and organisations to share and provide clear guidelines and support for ELT professionals

What are we being careful to NOT do?

  • If any individuals feel bad about any of their past actions and as a result of this campaign decide to re-evaluate their own code of ethics and change their future actions, that is great news. HOWEVER, we are not here to name and shame.  We want to look forward not back, to help build a better future for educators.

No more silence. No more ignoring. No more tolerance of harassment, abuse or discrimination.

An open letter to all ELT professionals

Dear fellow ELTers

We are writing on the behalf of teachers, academic managers, teacher trainers, materials writers, researchers and other professionals who work in ELT. The recent #metoo campaign brought to light just how prevalent sexual harassment and bullying is in our profession. Many people came forward to tell what had happened and is still happening to them on a daily basis in their places of work and at public events. Your stories have been heard and we thank you for sharing them so openly and bravely. 

The serious problem with harassment and bullying in our profession needs to be addressed openly and honestly. 

People need to feel confident that if they are subjected to any kind of abuse, they will be listened to and appropriate action will be taken by employers, fellow professionals and teaching associations. 

There must be clear policies and procedures in place that allow them to report incidents so they can be followed up and dealt with. 

We want people to be held accountable for their behaviours and by doing so, make our profession a safe and equitable place for everyone.

Unfortunately, we have allowed harassment to go on too long, making excuses for the perpetrators or thinking that if we ignore it, it may just improve or go away. Harassment happens because perpetrators never face consequences, often because we think that, because nothing has ever happened in the past, nothing will happen if we say something when things have been reported. We may feel too afraid and intimidated by a perpetrator with a status in the industry able to influence our employment prospects. 

We want this to change. We want to tell your stories through our voice so that we can make ELT a safer place for all.

Yours Sincerely,

Varinder Unlu, and the ever increasing supporters of this movement from all genders.

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During a project meeting with a man in a position of power and influence, myself, and two of the aforementioned Director’s male colleagues, I was asked if I gave blow jobs. And…wouldn’t I rather talk about sex than TEFL stuff. Cue awkward smile and polite “no. I’d rather talk about what we came here to talk about, actually”.

No, I’d rather talk about what we came here to talk about, actually.

Director made uncalled for comments in a meeting

“My story is similar to a lot women I have spoken to in our profession. It concerns a certain older ELT celebrity who has a reputation of ‘being too friendly’ with females at public events. I was at a conference where he was speaking. At the end of the day, the organisers had arranged dinner and drinks for the participants. Somehow, he found his way over to me and started a conversation. He started off by complimenting me on what I was wearing and telling me I looked good. Then he started touching me inappropriately. I stepped back so that he couldn’t continue but he moved closer and continued with the touching. He then started asking me to go to his hotel room with him. I felt so uncomfortable and didn’t know what to do. Luckily my friend came to my rescue and saved me from his advances. Once we were away from him, she told me she had seen him do this to other women too before. I was left shaking by his behaviour towards me. I don’t attend any events where I know he will be speaking at.”

Inappropriate behaviour?