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 […]
The use of English as a lingua franca in our globalized world today has expanded dramatically over the last decades. Students thus need to be prepared for the use of English as a lingua franca outside of the classroom. However, in many classrooms around the world, there still is a dominant focus on rather traditional […]
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 […]
Learn a simple repeatable process that will allow you to consistently get TEFL jobs as a ‘non-native speaker’.
How to maintain a thriving language school through an equal opportunities policy and an ethical code by Julie Wallis
We are a small, yet highly accredited learning organisation and we employ professional qualified academic staff. The London School is regularly inspected by AISLi, Eaquals and The Veneto Region and our teachers meet the high standards set by these organisations. Over the past year we have been working on a research project. We invited learners from […]