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How to highlight your strengths and get hired as a non-native speaker teacher

Over the years I have noticed that quite a lot of us ‘non-native speakers’ tend to at times lack faith in their own abilities. Have you ever: worried about having a foreign accent? been nervous about making language mistakes? thought that a ‘native speaker’ would surely be better able to teach students vocabulary? felt like …

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Three CV Tips You Must Follow to Get Hired as a Non-Native Speaker Teacher

I probably don’t need to tell you that getting a job as a ‘non-native speaker’ teacher can be tough. You’ve probably discovered that yourself by now. But I’m not here in this blog post to moan, complain or despair. To the contrary! I want to show you that it is not only possible, but in …

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Resilience is the key: my journey as a non-native speaker teacher by Eleni Symeonidou

I am going to share my journey and lessons learnt as a non-native in the ELT industry in the hope that others will feel that they are not alone if they have had unpleasant experiences, and empowered about their teaching identity. I come from Greece where I did my BA in English Language and Literature …

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Why rebellious stubbornness (sometimes) pays off

Personally, I’m a rather stubborn type sometimes. And just a tiny bit rebellious. Like to go a bit against the current. Or maybe driven. It depends how you look at it sometimes. To give you one example, this whole website is the result of this stubborn rebellious drive to promote professional equality for ‘native’ and …

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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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How to get a job in Japan as a non-native speaker teacher following these three easy steps

You might have heard that Japan is a bit of a difficult market for ‘non-native speaker’ teachers. In fact, many of the jobs are explicitly advertised for ‘native speakers’ only. You shouldn’t get discouraged, though. Meet Nicholas… Nicholas Susatyo is originally from Indonesia, but he’s been working as an English teacher in Japan for several …

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I’m no native (English speaker) by Luna Checchini

I can’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t fascinated by languages. My favorite doll scared the hell out of me when I first met her because she spoke, but she eventually became my favorite doll nonetheless. She. Not it. I’m Italian, I treat objects as people, get used to that. I spoke …

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5 Top Tips to Get Hired in Prague as a Non-Native Speaker Teacher

Looking for jobs as a ‘non-native speaker’ teacher can be pretty depressing. I’m sure you’ve seen all these job ads for ‘native speakers’ only. But, despite this widespread preference for ‘native speakers’, some ‘non-native’ teachers have become incredibly successful. They have managed to overcome the initial bias against them and to succeed. What have they …

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Get Hired as a ‘Non-Native Speaker’: Your three unique strengths

We hear so much about why ‘native speakers’ are supposedly better teachers that it’s easy to start losing confidence as a ‘non-native speaker’ teacher… It’s easy to forget that as a ‘non-native speaker’ you can also be a great teacher. That you’ve got your unique strengths. And that you can use these to start getting …

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Get Hired as a ‘Non-Native Speaker’: 5 top tips to a cracking LinkedIn profile

Trying to get hired as a ‘non-native speaker’ teacher can be a rather grim affair… Half of job ads out there are for ‘native speakers’ only. The other half gives you a polite ‘No’, or never replies. As a ‘non-native speaker’ teacher myself, I know how frustrating this might feel. I’ve been there. But it …

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