In this Talk to the Expert interview TEA talks to Nik Peachey, who is currently a recruiter at an on-line school English Up. We discuss his views about NESTs and NNESTs, hiring policies, and the reasons why he thinks bilingual teachers have an advantage over monolingual ones. The interview was trigger by a very interesting post ‘Bucking the NS trend’ Nik wrote in which he argued that hiring bilingual teachers might be a much better choice than monolingual NS. You can read the article here. English Up has been included in the Hall of Fame for their commitment to giving equal employment opportunities to both NS and NNS. To assess candidates’ language level English Up uses British Council Aptis test:
You can watch the whole interview below. It’s also been divided to 7 short parts, which you can also find below. If you enjoyed the interview, follow and like TEFL Equity on YouTube here. If as a recruiter you’d like to be interviewed for this blog, please get in touch here. More interviews from the Talk to the Expert series can be found here. For Nik’s bio, please see the bottom of this article.
Interview with Nik Peachey part 1 – introduction
In Part 1 Nik introduces himself and talks a bit about his new project, an on-line school called English Up.
Interview with Nik Peachey Part 2 – bucking the NS trend
In Part 2 Nik discusses how English Up is ‘bucking the NS trend’, and highlights that bilingual teachers are much more popular than NS teachers.
Interview with Nik Peachey Part 3 – market demand for NS
In Part 3 Nik talks about the demand for NS, and we establish that having a mix of NS and NNS teachers might be the best choice for a school.
Interview with Nik Peachey Part 4 – qualities of effective teachers
‘Teaching a language is much more than just the ability to speak it’ – in Part 4 Nik discusses the qualities he looks for in prospective candidates.
Interview with Nik Peachey Part 5 – NS and NNS labels
In Part 5 we talk about the NS and NNS labels and suggest that using ‘bilingual’ instead might be a much better choice.
Interview with Nik Peachey Part 6 – language proficiency and teaching
In Part 6 Nik says that ‘You don’t have to have perfect English to be an English teacher’.
Interview with Nik Peachey Part 7 – advice for recruiters
In the last part Nik suggests how other recruiters can ‘buck the NS trend’ and still remain profitable and successful.
Nik Peachey has been involved in English language teaching since 1992 and is Head of Learning and Pedagogy at the EnglishUp online English school. He is also an award winning course designer and author of Digital Video – A manual for language teachers, Web 2.0 Tools for teachers, and Co-editor of Creativity in the English language classroom. He has worked as a teacher, teacher trainer and educational technology trainer all over the world and has worked on a rage of projects and consultancies for companies including Open University, British Council and Google as well as most of the established ELT publishers. He has been regularly publishing blog posts since 2007 and his blogs have attracted more than 3 million views. His Learning Technology blog can be found here. He also curates the Learning Technology News portal and Tools for Teachers and Learners each of which have more than 30 thousand subscribers.