‘Tackling native speakerism in ELT’ – IATEFL 2016 panel discussion

With this short video I wanted to invite you to an IATEFL 2016 panel discussion on native speakerism in ELT which will take place on Thursday 14th April in Hall 11a at 5.25pm. I will be joined by Burcu Akyol, Christopher Graham and Josh Round. See you there 🙂

You can watch other videos, interviews and webinars about native speakerism in ELT on TEA YouTube channel here.

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3 thoughts on “‘Tackling native speakerism in ELT’ – IATEFL 2016 panel discussion

  1. Nicky Sekino says:

    I agree one hundred percent.

    Talking about native speakerism, I have started my own campaign to protest against the “native speakers only” ads.

    I have sent two letters to a Japanese congress-man and a Japanese political party with a content that it is discriminatory to exclude non-native speakers based only on the fact they are non native speakers and neither of them have responded.

    Anyone has any suggestions as to my next move?

  2. Ron Morrain says:

    Dear Marek,
    Please remember that no matter what one may call this, label it, or refer to it as, “Native Speakerism” is and remains an “ism”. And, all “Isms” are usually negative. When talking about this issue one should never forget that we are dealing with marginalization – and marginalization is a form of prejudice. Why do we always keep refering to the victims? Shouldn’t we be discussing the system(s) and the people who knowingly promote marginalization?
    Thanks – Ron Morrain

    • marekkiczkowiak says:

      Dear Ron,
      Apologies for not getting back to you earlier. IATEFL was incredibly hectic.
      I agree that ‘isms’ are often negative, but they help us make sense of the marginalisation or discrimination taking place, as they describe the ideology that leads to it. Native speakerism is no different from racism or sexism, as it is a form of discrimination or prejudice. But in this case, of course, not based on perceived race or gender, though the former is often closely related, but based on perceived belonging to the group of native speakers.
      I think it’s important we refer to the victims, as they need to be given voice and support. But of course we should also discuss the system that perpetuates the marginalisation. the two are not mutually exclusive, but complementary. It’s also difficult to talk about the system, as its an impersonal entity. As far as individuals are concerned, it’s important I think we expose what they do and encourage to stop their discriminatory policies.

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