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Month: September 2018

What makes an effective English teacher? A research project

Last weekend I had the pleasure to present at IATEFL Poland annual conference. The program was full of interesting workshops and talks, and I was particularly interested in seeing Jasmina Sazdovska‘s and Zsuzsanna Soproni‘s presentation What Makes an Effective English Language Teacher? There is so much discussion about ‘native’ and ‘non-native speakers’ that we actually often …

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Get Hired as a ‘Non-Native Speaker’: Your three unique strengths

We hear so much about why ‘native speakers’ are supposedly better teachers that it’s easy to start losing confidence as a ‘non-native speaker’ teacher… It’s easy to forget that as a ‘non-native speaker’ you can also be a great teacher. That you’ve got your unique strengths. And that you can use these to start getting …

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My ELT Voyage as a Non-White Native Speaker by Sulaiman Jenkins

“Finally, it needs to be stressed that if ELT wants to develop into a profession rather than remaining a largely unlegislated industry, then it should aim to eradicate all forms of discrimination. To evolve into a profession, the ELT community needs to challenge and remove from its belief system the notion that ‘some speakers are …

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Get Hired as a ‘Non-Native Speaker’: 5 top tips to a cracking LinkedIn profile

Trying to get hired as a ‘non-native speaker’ teacher can be a rather grim affair… Half of job ads out there are for ‘native speakers’ only. The other half gives you a polite ‘No’, or never replies. As a ‘non-native speaker’ teacher myself, I know how frustrating this might feel. I’ve been there. But it …

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