In this interview from the Talk to the Expert series, I had the pleasure of talking to Marjorie Rosenberg, who is the current IATEFL President. Recently, IATEFL decided to stop publishing job ads on their Jobs Market site which are for Native English Speakers only. So, in this interview we discuss the reasons behind this decision, as well as how IATEFL is planning to implement the policy. We also discuss other ways in which IATEFL works towards making ELT a more egalitarian profession. We end by emphasising that both Native and Non-Native English Speakers need to work together, collaborate and co-operate to tackle the prejudices that still exist in our profession.
You can find other interviews and articles from the Talk to the Expert series here. You can also follow TEFL Equity Advocates on YouTube here. Visit the Hall of Fame for a list of ELT Job Boards, schools and Teaching Associations who like IATEFL have implemented egalitarian hiring policies.
Marjorie Rosenberg has been teaching EFL for the past 34 years in Austria. She is currently a lecturer at the language department at the University of Graz, works with corporate clients, trains teachers and writes materials. She has written extensively in the business English field for Cambridge University Press as well as published materials with Pearson, Cengage-National Geographic and Macmillan. She is the author of ‘Spotlight on Learning Styles’ with Delta Publishing and contributed the chapter ‘The learner as a creativity resource’ in the British Council publication on ‘Creativity in the English Language Classroom’. Marjorie has served as chair of TEA (Teachers of English in Austria), Coordinator of IATEFL BESIG (The Business English Special Interest Group) and on the IATEFL Membership committee. She is currently the IATEFL President.