Even before the highly significant arrival of 26 letters and its quite open anti-statist (left wing liberalism) take on the TEFL industry, we had made a conscious decision to encourage a debate which encompassed a wider anti-capitalist perspective. We have always been admirers of Sara Hannam’s work on critical theory and Diarmuid Fogarty has also recently raised the relevance of Anarchists like Errico Malatesta for a critical thinking on ELT issues. In this spirit we also wish to recommend the work of the edufactory collective and their autonomist take on education. This should be read alongside a fine critique of the same written by Nat Hawethorne (a rather sophisticated syndicalist, it would seem) over at his blog, Whatinthehell . (We have added both to our blog roll).
Whilst we do not wish to get too bogged down in abstract debates which might seem a little removed from the ELT classroom, it is important to hold these different perspectives in mind when developing an analysis of the TEFL industry; an analysis and debate which will hopefully lead to constructive ideas on how to effectively intervene in the political arena of ELT.