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'Tackling native speakerism in ELT' – recording of the IATEFL 2016 panel discussion

Finally, we got around to publishing the recording of the panel discussion on native speakerism that me, Burcu Akyol, Josh Round and Christopher Graham did at IATEFL 2016. In it we addressed the problem of native speakerism in ELT; that is:

a prejudice, stereotyping and/or discrimination, typically by or against foreign language teachers, on the basis of either being or not being perceived and categorized as a native speaker of a particular language. […] Its endorsement positions individuals from certain language groups as being innately superior to individuals of other language groups (Haughton and Rivers 2013, p.14).

We addressed the issue from three perspectives, that of a ‘non-native speaker’ (Burcu), a recruiter (Josh), and a teacher trainer (Christopher). Each of the speakers offered practical ideas how the prejudice against ‘non-native speakers’ can be overcome. There was also a 30 minute Q&A session.

For your convenience, the recording was divided into six shorter sections:

  1. Introduction.
  2. ‘Non-native speaker’ perspective.
  3. Recruitment perspective.
  4. Teacher training perspective.
  5. Q&A session.
  6. Conclusion.

For each, both an audio recording and a video with the slides are available. You can access the audio playlist on Soundcloud here. The video playlist is on YouTube here. You can also read the transcript of the whole panel discussion here. The audio was recorded and edited by Mike Harrison (thanks a lot Mike!). You can visit his website here. The transcript was done by Karina Roberts (thanks a lot Karina!).

1. Introduction – marek kiczkowiak

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2. Non-native speaker perspective – Burcu Akyol

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3. Recruitment perspective – josh round

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4. Teacher training perspective – Christopher graham

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5. Q&A session

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6. Conclusion – Marek Kiczkowiak

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[…] IATEFL 2016, besides yours, there were other discussions on NNEST issues. For example, the panel “Tackling Native Speakerism” with Marek Kiczkowiak, Burcu Akyol, Christopher Graham and Josh Round, and the powerful plenary of […]

Lindsey Clark
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Lindsey Clark

Hi everyone, Great blog. I applaud what you’re doing here and believe that it’s long overdue. Silvana Richardson’s plenary was indeed a wake up call to many. Hopefully perceptions will now start to change. I have one comment, however, which doesn’t seem to have been brought up so far. I’m a British national and worked for 9 years in Italy, where this discrimination against ‘non-native’ teachers is alive and kicking. But from what I’ve seen I have to say that ‘native’ speaker teachers arriving fresh off a CELTA course or with a PGCE, have had more relevant training than their… Read more »

Lindsey Clark
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Lindsey Clark
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