Who is qualified to teach English? by Amy Thompson

The answer, of course, is someone who is a competent user of English with specific training in the field of language pedagogy. Why, then, do we still see job advertisements requesting that the applicants be native speakers of English? Is this a lack of understanding on the part of the employer?

Of native speakers and other fantastic beasts

“When we say you’ll have to ask a native speaker, or don’t ask me, I’m not a native speaker; what is it we are appealing to? What is it that human native speakers know? What sort of knowledge does the native speaker have?” (Davies, 2012, p.1).

How to get colleagues to support the NNEST cause – by Nick Michelioudakis

Why not educate people? Three reasons: i) They know all this stuff already! Let us be clear: 98.7% of all the people who are active in the ELT world are nice, liberal people who are against all kinds of discrimination; ii) telling people the same thing again and again may well trigger reactance (Wiseman 2012 […]

Culture, native speakers and teaching English

‘Native speakers’ know the culture. They can provide students with cultural insights about the English language. And this is what students want and need to master the language. This is an argument that comes up time and time again to justify why ‘native speakers’ are better teachers, why they are preferred by students, and why so many recruiters […]