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.
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 […]
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’ […]
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 […]
If you want to increase your chances of getting TEFL jobs as a non-native speaker teacher, you need to up your social media game. And this post will show you exactly how to do this.
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 […]
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. […]
How to Change the Law to Guarantee Equal Opportunities for Non-Native Speaker Teachers by Gerhard Erasmus
It is often encouraging to see how far we have come in terms of equal opportunities regardless of a candidate’s place of birth or first language. For example, I have a number of friends teaching English in Australia even though English is not their first language. It is encouraging because despite Australia being a country where […]
A few years back something happened that completely changed my career. At the time I was working for a very well-known language school chain; I applied for a job in another country within that same chain and was openly told that they wouldn’t hire me because I was a ‘non-native speaker’. Probably sounds familiar to […]
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 […]