You don’t look like a ‘native speaker’: Racism in ELT

When we talk about native speakerism, we typically emphasise the discrimination those perceived as ‘non-native speakers’ suffer. It’s easy to forget, though, that there is a far more sinister problem lurking in the background.

Racism.

You have an accent!

I was recently tagged in a discussion in a FB group for English teachers that was raging below a video that an English teacher had shared.  The teacher was showing some interesting ways of teaching young learners. My first thought was – this looks really cool. She’s really enthusiastic. I’m sure her students love lessons […]

Why the native vs non-native debate completely misses the point

It’s been a while since I went on a rant on this blog, but I hope I’m not out of shape yet. There is something that has frustrated me for a long time in the whole ‘native’ and ‘non-native speaker’ debate, and it’s probably high time I vented my frustration.  The ‘native’ vs ‘non-native speaker’ […]

[LESSON PLAN] Idiomatic expressions across cultures and first languages

When you think of high proficiency levels, say B2 and above, one of the characteristics might be the use of idiomatic expressions. When you hear a student say I’m absolutely over the moon, you might think to yourself ‘oh wow, that’s a very natural way of putting it’ and wonder where the student might have […]

Three Reasons Why You Should Use TED Talks to Teach English

We all know that English has become the global lingua franca of international communication, primarily used by its ‘non-native speakers’. Yet, ‘native speakers’ are still commonly regarded  as the ideal language models our students should aspire to they’re also seen as ideal teachers. This idea which has been frequently referred to as native speakerism. It […]

How to Get a TEFL Job as a Non-Native Speaker in 2019

For a ‘non-native speaker’ teacher, trying to get a TEFL job might be a bit of a stressful and frustrating endeavour. Your ability to speak and teach the language is bound to be questioned. Your passport is likely to become your biggest liability. You will constantly come up against job ads for ‘native speakers’ only. […]

Eight Reasons Why We Still Need to Talk About Native Speakerism

From time to time, I still ask myself why bother? TEFL Equity campaign has been going for five years now, and sometimes you do start doubting yourself whether there’s any need to continue. But when I see comments like the one below, which was left below one of my blog posts recently, I forget about any […]