Raise Up – a diverse look at English

Raise up
We’re delighted to present the second Taylor Made English book, Raise Up!.

This book has been written with a simple aim – what would a mainstream English language coursebook look like if it represented a wider range of people? We feel that at the time of writing in 2019, significant improvements need to be made in how various groups in society are included in the most popular international coursebooks. These subjects include:

• Women
• Black, Asian and minority ethnic people
• Disabled people
• The working class
• Indigenous people
• Non-conventional body types
• Non-hegemonic countries and cultures
• Refugees
• People living and working in extreme conditions
• Non-urban environments
• The elderly

The book contains 8 separate lessons, aimed at different levels, which follow the familiar format of modern international English language coursebooks. What makes Raise Up! different are the subjects of those lessons. The themes covered are:

  1. Family / LGBTQIA+
  2. Leadership / Disabled people & poverty
  3. Work rules / Low-paid workers
  4. Rural life
  5. Influences / women
  6. Work / Transgender
  7. Texting / Refugees
  8. Different types of homes

To buy the book click here.

The book has been written by James M. Taylor, a teacher, teacher trainer, materials writer and podcast producer based in Brasília, Brazil, and Ilá Coimbra, a teacher and teacher trainer based in Munich, Germany.

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Casa 1

The book is non-profit and will raise money for the Casa 1 project in São Paulo. Casa 1 is a shelter for young members of the LGBTQI+ community that were kicked out of their homes because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. There are many projects inside Casa 1, such as English to Trans-form, which offers free English lessons to Casa 1 dwellers, as well as to the black community and women in situations of social vulnerability. Among the courses offered to this community are dancing, sewing,
hairdressing and makeup, self-defence, and music lessons.

Read more about Casa 1:

Equal Times
LA Times

Get Involved

We are planning future editions of Raise Up!, and we’d love you to be involved. If you want to contribute a lesson on one of the topics listed above, get in touch with us, whether you are an experienced materials writer who has a lesson that you’ve never been able to get published, or someone new to the business. We would particularly welcome people from the communities listed.

Contact us at raiseupbook@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

More info

EFL Magazine Review of Raise Up!
Follow up article for MAWSIG and TDSIG
Raise Up! and the Context Behind The Book – Teach-InEducation
5 Ways You Can Increase The Diversity Of Your Lessons – Freeed.com

Our presentation, Bringing diversity to the upper secondary classroom, for IATEFL YLTSIG:

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