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B.C. Teachers Need Gender Training, Professor Allyson Jule Says

Allyson Jule Awarded Davis Distinguished Teacher for 2011 at Trinity Western University

Snippets of Insight

"We assume or hope that classrooms are fair and meaningful places. Some teachers may well be more aware than others of the way gender influences performance and participation. If so, how did they get more aware? Most teachers teach the way they were taught. It takes a lot to change things..."
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"I thought my main role as a parent was: to tell them to be themselves. But I can see that there are many places where they can't 'be themselves'. Classrooms make up a big chunk of a child's experience - I want to know what is going on there."
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"I don't think this is about women being 'noisier' - it's about participating rather than being a silent audience member in your own life. Also, men are being pressured to be men in ways that are limiting them. Maybe we can all rest a bit if we can stop performing gender and be more genuine with who we are."
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SECTIONSBooks - Sh-shushing The Girls - Gender and the Language of Religion

The following are books by Dr. Allyson Jule:

A Beginners Guide to Language and Gender - 2nd Edition

In this revised and updated 2nd edition of her pioneering textbook, Allyson Jule offers fresh insight into the study of language and gender for those new to the subject. Students will gain a thorough grounding in theoretical and practical perspectives on gender and language in the workplace, media, education, world religions and domestic settings.

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Facing Challenges: Feminism in Christian Higher Education and Other Places

This book is a collection of ten essays, all focused on the realities of conducting feminist work within Christian universities and colleges, as well as churches. The purpose of this emerges from the contributors' lives at the intersection with feminist ideas and the Christian contexts in which they work. The book's focus is on the ways in which feminism continues to meet resistance from Christian institutions and communities. Within these contexts, the authors describe the ongoing challenges they face as feminists with their students, their colleagues, their pastors, their fellow congregants, their peers, and their own families. Those scholars, clergy, students, and readers interested in understanding feminism more deeply, and interested in the intersection of religion, feminism, and scholarly life will find this collection invaluable. Readers will find insights into the everyday feminist work of academics, the development of more inclusive student-life climates, feminist learning in college classrooms, and the obstacles to creating more inclusive Christian churches. These essays are honest, heartfelt, and helpful in envisioning more liberating paradigms and practices for feminist Christians who continue to negotiate current realities in integrating feminism with faith in many contexts.

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Shifting Visions: Gender and Discourses

This collection of studies explores recent research in the area of gender and language use experienced around the world. Featuring an interdisciplinary and global approach, the contributors demonstrate how focus on gender and language creates the lived experience. The studies in this book use gender and language to analyze a broad range of topics including religion, politics, education and sexuality. Contributions include the use of language of a new female bishop in Canada, hetronormativity in language use in Croatia, women's magazines in Japan, and the electoral code in Cameroon. Using critical/feminist discourse analysis, the chapters represent scholarship from Britain, Europe, North America, Asia and Africa. Readers in applied linguistics, sociology, women's studies and education who are interested in language and its power in creating the lived experience will find this book full of intriguing and illuminating connections.

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A Beginner' s Guide to Language and Gender

A Beginnerís Guide to Language and Gender offers a broad and accessible introduction to the study of gender and language use for those new to the subject. The book introduces the theoretical and practical perspectives, including relevant frameworks necessary to understand ways in which language interacts with gender/sex in various settings, including: media, schools, business, in places of worship and at home. The book is divided into two parts. Part I explores the historical background to the study of gender and language, moving through past theoretical approaches and debates to current views and trends. In Part II, gender and language use are examined in various contexts, specifically in the media, in classrooms, in the workplace, in the Western church, and at home.

Each chapter offers study questions and further reading suggestions. There is also a helpful glossary of key terms at the back of the book. A Beginnerís Guide to Language and Gender is designed to be appealing, informative and, above all, accessible for readers from a range of backgrounds and disciplines. "Allyson Juleís book on gender and language use is an engaging introduction to key concepts, developments and debates in the field of gender and language studies. First-time students of gendered language use will find its glossary, study questions and bibliography helpful entry points into this field. Juleís survey of gendered language use in context provides a foundation for, and will hopefully inspire, further study of gender and language use. For Jule does not only provide an introduction to gender and language studies in this book; she explains why such studies matter." Kate Power, Doctoral candidate, Lancaster University, UK

"This book offers a compact, accessible, up-to-the-minute introduction to a range of hot topics in language and gender. The reflective, critical lens makes this a valuable text both for undergraduates and for experienced teachers enrolled in MA degrees." Janet Holmes, Professor of Linguistics, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

"This book provides an accessible and wide-ranging introduction to the ever-popular topic of Language and Gender, exploring the fascinating links between language, gender and identity." Jennifer Coates, Professor of English Language & Linguistics, Roehampton University, UK

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Language and Religious Identity: Women in Discourse
Edited by Dr. Allyson Jule

In a search for a deeper understanding of the complex relationship of gender and language alongside religious identity, this book puts forward current studies from around the world emerging from the field of linguistics. The book connects language use to both a religious and gender identity. By pulling together the lived experiences of people in various communities, the linguistic field can reflect on how language works to unite, oppress, liberate or fracture the various participants.

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Being Feminist, Being Christian: Essays from Academia
Edited by Dr. Allyson Jule and Dr. Bettina Tate Pedersen

The eight essays presented in this unique collection explore various intersections of feminism, feminist theory and practice, and Christian tradition as it is lived out in the lives of Christian academics. The basic question here is "Can a person be a Christian and a feminist at the same time?" The answer explored here is - yes! Current thinkers explored the working out of seeming contractions. This collection is unique in its gathering of Christian perspectives from both Catholic and Protestant traditions. Much feminist scholarship is thought to be antithetical to Christianity. This book explores questions and issues that arise when people of faith encounter feminism in both public, private, and personal domains.


  • Blessed Mother or Material Mom: Which Madonna Am I?
  • Christian Feminist or Feminist Christian: Whatís Feminism Got to Do with Evangelical Christians?
  • Silence and Feminine Morality: A Look at Performances of Gender in Two Theology Classrooms
  • In Search of Bodily Perspective: A Study of Simone de Beauvoir and Luce Irigaray
  • Two Women Speaking "Woman": The Strategic Essentialism of Luce Irigaray and Phoebe Palmer
  • Speaking Out: Feminist Theology and Womenís Proclamation in the Wesleyan Tradition
  • Nascent Christian Feminism in Medieval and Early Modern Britain
  • Biblical Literalism and Gender Stability: A Christian Response to Gender Performance Theory--Chris Noble

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Gender and the Language of Religion

Edited by Dr. Allyson Jule, of the University of Glamorgan, Wales, with Foreword by Professor Miriam Meyerhoff of the University of Edinburgh, Gender and the Language of Religion is a collection of fourteen innovative research papers by scholars from around the world. Each contributor explores themes of gender, language and religion allowing for a reflection on how these elements work alongside each other in complimentary and contradictory ways.

Issues Explored:

  • Assertive, articulate and Islamic at the same time? How do British Muslim women online debunk negative stereotypes?
  • Hindu's 'ideal husband,' the god Ram, requires his wife to walk through fire. How do religious traditions shape a gendered-self and how is this reflected in the language?
  • How do Saudi Arabian women talk religion in letters to the newspaper editor?
  • Why are female Evangelical college students so quiet?
  • Is feminism a core of Biblical revelation?
  • Who swears more - women or men? Why?

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Gender, Participation and Silence in the Language Classroom: Sh-Shushing the Girls 2003

Published in 2003 and now in its second printing, Gender, Participation and Silence in the Language Classroom: Sh-Shushing the Girls is a personal account of Dr. Jule's ten month study of one grade-two English language learning classroom at a Canadian Punjabi Sikh school where all the students share a Punjabi Sikh heritage. Dr. Jule taped and transcribed teacher-led discussions that revealed the boys occupied more linguistic space (used more words) than the girls by a ratio of 9:1 and sometimes 10:1(boys: girls).

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