As same of you might have noticed, the post (or rather one of the pages on this website) Why does it matter? won the Teaching English British Council award in June. You can imagine that I’m absolutely chuffed, especially that this website was started in April, and that the whole campaign is very close to my heart.
I would first like to thank the BC team for nominating my post, and all those who voted for it. It’s really thrilling as it means that the vast majority of teachers, native and non-native alike, would like to see the TEFL/TESOL industry adopt more egalitarian hiring policies which will judge teachers based on their qualifications and experience rather than on their first language.
So, I would like to dedicate this little success and the award to all those NNESTs (non-Native English Speaker Teachers) who have been victims of prejudice or discrimination. You are not alone.
As a result of winning the award, I was invited to write a post for the British Council blog. In it, I consider the four most common ‘arguments’ given by recruiters for hiring only NESTs (Native English Speaker Teachers), attempt to show why they are flawed and propose an alternative hiring model. I hope you enjoy reading the post as much as I enjoyed writing it. Please do comment as I would love to hear what your thoughts on the matter are. You can read the post here.