More than 20 years ago, in the early 1990s, there was a lot of discussion about the position of teachers of English who were either native or non-native speakers of the language. In The Non-native Teacher Péter Medgyes, a Hungarian, wrote about the relative advantages and disadvantages, problems and insights, of both groups. This became […]
The balance (or rather its lack) between male/female or ‘native’/’non-native’ conference speakers has become quite a hot topic recently, especially as far as plenary talks are concerned. In this post, Gavin Dudeney shares a personal story of a very frequent invited conference speaker, and suggest how we could address the imbalance.
Without discrimination against ‘NNESTs’ I never would be an English teacher. I’d wager I’m not the only one.