I recently started to apply to other academies here in Madrid. Several had been recommended by friends and colleagues and so I decided to send off my CV. I had an interview at one for a senior position, but no luck. I persevered and tried for another of the schools on my recommended list. Within […]
This is the audio and video recording of the panel discussion on native speakerism in ELT Burcu Akyol, Josh Round, Christopher Graham and I did at IATEFL 2016. In it we addressed the problem of favouritism ‘native speakers’ enjoy in ELT from the perspective of a ‘non-native speaker’, recruiter and a teacher trainer. Each of the presenters offered some practical solutions for moving towards greater professional equality between ‘native’ and ‘non-native speakers’. There was also a 30 minute Q&A session.
"Five ways to speak out against the discrimination of ‘non native’ English teachers" by Katherine Bilsborough
I was asked to write something for this blog after being involved in a few informal discussions and chats that took place between talks and workshops at IATEFL this year – discussions about the absurdity of labelling the overwhelming majority of the qualified, experienced English teachers who exist in today’s world with the prefix ‘non’. […]