Luke Meddings is an award-winning author, trainer and international speaker. In 2000 he co-founded the Dogme ELT movement with Scott Thornbury, and their book Teaching Unplugged (Delta, 2009) won a British Council ELTon award in 2010. Since then Luke has trained extensively, and in 2011 set up independent e-publishing collective The Round with Lindsay Clandfield. Their own book, 52: a year of subversive activity for the ELT classroom, was published in 2012. (from: http://lukemeddings.com/learning/)
In November, together with Robert McCaul, we gave a talk at TESOL France conference arguing for a more inclusive approach to ELT hiring policies, which would place more emphasis on qualifications and experience, giving both NESTs and nNESTs equal opportunities. You can read Rob’s summary of our talk here.
The talk received quite a positive response from the audience, and while preparing for it, we managed to get some encouraging support from Luke Meddings, Hugh Dellar and Scott Thronbury, who all contributed a short video. In this post I’d like to share these videos with you as they go to show an important and – in my opinion – a reassuring fact: those who know most about teaching English are the least likely to defend or excuse native speaker favouristism in the current ELT hiring policies (visit the Talk to the Expert section for articles and interviews with renown ELT professionals).
Hugh Dellar is an author, teacher and teacher trainer. He co-authored the Outcomes and Innovations series, and together with Andrew Walkley has recently set up The Lexical Lab. He’s conducted numerous talks and workshops at EFL conferences all around the world. For more information click here.
For a long time the fact that over 70% of all ELT job ads are for NESTs only has been an accepted status quo, so it is very encouraging to see that many renown ELT professionals are now willing to speak out against it and to advocate giving nNESTs equal employment opportunities. If the recruitement policies in our industry are to change, we will need a combined involvement and effort from all of us: nNESTs, NESTs, recruiters and teaching associations (read more about how you can get involved here and in this article by James Taylor).
Scott Thornbury (born 1950, New Zealand) is an internationally recognized academic and teacher trainer in the field of English Language Teaching (ELT). Along with Luke Meddings, Thornbury is credited with developing the Dogme language teaching approach. Thornbury has written over a dozen books on ELT methodology. Two of these, ‘Natural Grammar’ and ‘Teaching Unplugged’, have won the British Council’s “ELTon” Award for Innovation, the top award in the industry (in 2004 and 2010, respectively). Thornbury is also the series editor for the Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers, and the author of many academic papers on language teaching (from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Thornbury).
So, if you agree with Luke, Hugh and Scott, I would like to encourage you to challenge the current ELT recruitment policies by recording a similar short video and sharing it on social networks, challenging three friends involved with ELT to do the same. If possible, tag TEFL Equity Advocates, and with your permission, the video will also be also shared on the FB page and added to this website.
Let’s speak out for a TEFL industry which will – as Hugh put it – ‘judge teachers on how well they teach, and not where they were born’.