Hi there! I'm Aino, a bilingual young academic enjoying life in Taiwan with their two cats. Finnish and English are my strongest languages and in addition I've studied Swedish and Mandarin. Though I have an interest in languages , and got a degree in applied linguistics from University of Helsinki, I'm pursuing a master's degree in international studies in NCCU as that's where my true passion lies. This is evident in the courses I create with their topics ranging from political hot potatos to climate change, feminism and the LGBTQIA+ community. With already a few years of teaching experience under my belt, my goal is to help everyone express their thoughts on complex topics, gain confidence in speaking and learn how to use topic-specific vocabulary smoothly. Hope to see you soon!
“Wait, what do you mean LGBTQIA+? Isn’t it supposed to be just LGBT? Why does the acronym seem to get longer every year? And what’s with the he/she/they things in people’s bios? Why is someone a she when she looks like a he – is that what transgender is or was that the thing for drag queens? And what the heck are these neopronouns I read about?? Who is non-binary and who is demisexual??? How am I supposed to know how to be polite anymore when all these terms sound so confusing to me!”
Does this sound like your inner monologue when faced with an LGBTQIA+ topic? Then this is the course for you! During this 4 part course I will help you make clear of all the most relevant terminologies with all their nuances, teach you how to use politically correct language and introduce you to the relevant historical and cultural impact of the queer community.
Welcome to explore the rainbow with my lead!
Lesson 1: Vocabulary – This is a lecture during which I will teach proper vocabulary and their meanings. I encourage you to take notes of the words you are not fully familiar with.
Lesson 2: History – Everyone gets to tell about their queer celebrity of choice + We will discuss the previous homework texts of historical events in chronological order.
Lesson 3: Modern day – Beginning with a short lecture regarding modern day issues and then discussing the previous homework as well as the concept of politically correct language.
Lesson 4: Culture – Familiarising everyone with queer culture through presentations and discussion.