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FECEI issues a statement against native speakerism

In February this year I had the pleasure to attend FECEI’s (The National Federation of Private Language Schools in Spain) annual conference in Madrid. For a while I’ve been really amazed with all the great work FECEI has been doing to promote equal opportunities in ELT, especially as far as ‘native’ and ‘non-native speakers’ are …

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TEFL Equity Advocates and Academy – looking back, moving forward

You might have noticed that TEFL Equity Advocates also has an Academy now, where you can take a variety of on-line training courses, which focus on offering ELT professionals practical solutions to the ‘native speaker’ bias that is still so widespread in our industry. This is a bit of a change and you might be …

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How to get colleagues to support the NNEST cause – by Nick Michelioudakis

Why not educate people? Three reasons: i) They know all this stuff already! Let us be clear: 98.7% of all the people who are active in the ELT world are nice, liberal people who are against all kinds of discrimination; ii) telling people the same thing again and again may well trigger reactance (Wiseman 2012 …

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'The Native factor' what's next after Silvana Richardson's IATEFL 2016 plenary

It was Day 2 of IATEFL 2016. 9am. Silvana Richardson gave her plenary ‘The Native factor – the haves and the have-nots’. A plenary that is bound to go down in history. One of the best things that could have happened to our industry. It’s a plenary that should be a must see for all …

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NESTs, NNESTs and issues of equality in ELT – interview for TEFLology podcasts

In this quick post I wanted to share with you the latest episode of TEFLology podcast where I was interviewed about the issues of native speakerism in ELT. Among other things, we chatted about where and how the idea for this website came about, as well as how all of us ELTers can get involved …

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The best of both worlds by Robert McCaul

Robert William McCaul (CELTA,DELTA) is a teacher, language learner, examiner, materials developer with over 6 years of teaching experience in countries such as Ecuador, Costa Rica and Vietnam. He currently teaches in Bournemouth, UK, and has recently started blogging on TEFL Reflections. In this article I wanted to summarise and reflect on the talk I …

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