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Month: July 2015

'Cheeky Postcards: Lessons learned from being a trainer on TEFL courses' by Daniel Baines

A teacher trainer, Daniel Baines, sheds light on the alleged advantages of native English speakers as language teachers from his experience on intensive initial teaching training courses. Daniel’s bio can be found below the article. Intensive teaching certificate courses, or TEFL courses, flourish throughout Europe and a cross-section of a TEFL school at any given …

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'Native and Non-native Foreign Language Teachers: Tribute to My Teachers' by Anita Lewicka

This post was originally published on 9th January 2015 by Anita Lewicka on her blog and is republished by TEFL Equity Advocates with full permission and consent of the author. You can access the original post here. “Only native speakers or near-native speakers” – you may often come across such a line in various advertisements …

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'It's what the students want' by James Taylor

One of the most common counter arguments you’ll hear if you get into an argument about the qualities of native vs non-native teachers is “Well, it doesn’t really matter as this is what the students want anyway. I’m just meeting their expectations.” I really don’t buy this point of view, not for any research based …

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