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Month: October 2018

5 Top Tips to Get Hired in Prague as a Non-Native Speaker Teacher

Looking for jobs as a ‘non-native speaker’ teacher can be pretty depressing. I’m sure you’ve seen all these job ads for ‘native speakers’ only. But, despite this widespread preference for ‘native speakers’, some ‘non-native’ teachers have become incredibly successful. They have managed to overcome the initial bias against them and to succeed. What have they …

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What do students think and feel about Native Speaker English? by Steve McVeagh

Why is this important?  Six years ago, during postgraduate study, I first considered the idea that Native Speaker English (NSE) might not be the one English model to rule them all. I read Bhatt and Pennycook  on Singaporean and Indian English, and others, and Modiano and Jenkins  on universal concepts like EIL. There was support …

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Why as a Non-Native Speaker Teacher You Should Take a Proficiency Test to Dispel Recruiter’s Worries and Get Hired

When you ask recruiters why they might be reluctant to hire a ‘non-native speaker’ teacher, one of the first answers you’ll get (apart from the market demand from students) is their worry about the candidate’s proficiency: Will their English be good enough? Will they have a foreign accent? (not that there’s anything wrong with having …

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Learn How to Teach English as a Lingua Franca Following These Seven Principles

As an English teacher, you might have heard a lot about English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) from a theoretical perspective. But you might be wondering: Is it even possible to teach ELF? How would I go about it? How would it differ from teaching EFL or ESL? That’s why in this video, I’m going …

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