The British Council produces both international and localised standardised English language tests, and is committed to creating EDI-compliant test content as well as ensuring inclusive test accessibility. As such, test candidates taking Aptis or other tests such as IELTS may notice a shift to more diverse and culturally inclusive test content, and should prepare themselves for these potential changes. This workshop will focus on answering the question: How can teachers make their students’ test preparation and classroom materials more EDI-focussed?
In this workshop, participants will consider aspects of EDI that impact on the testing experience and test scoring such as: increasing familiarity with other cultures and scenarios, considering gender and power roles and increasing familiarity with a range of accents. Practical techniques will be considered during the workshop for participants to use in their classroom, namely how to choose, adapt and create EDI-compliant images, audios and texts.