5 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2019

2019 has been a fantastic year, both professionally and personally. And I really feel that we’ve made some good progress towards promoting greater equality in ELT. Of course, there’s still a long way to go, and there are still numerous discriminatory job ads around.

However, if we continue working together, we can and will achieve greater equality. So since it’s almost the end of the year, it’s a good chance to sum up the most popular blog posts of this year.

1. How to get a TEFL job in 2019 as a non-native speaker

In this post I show you exactly step-by-step what you need to do to get hired as a non-native speaker teacher. You will learn a tried-and-tested process that will help you get TEFL jobs as a non-native even if you’ve been turned down before. And yes, it works despite the preference for native speaker teachers.

2. How to teach real English using TED talks

A lot of students want to learn REAL English and not just stuff that’s in course books. But what does real English mean? And how can you expose your students to authentic English?

In this post, the award-winning author Lewis Lansford argues that shows how you can use TED talks to do just that. And you get a FREE lesson plan too.

3. How to write materials and lesson plans for teaching English as a Lingua Franca

We all know that English has become the global lingua franca of international communication. But what does that mean in practice for you as an English teacher or materials writer? How can you help your students use English effectively in international, multicultural context?

In this post I show you exactly how you can do this and give you practical ideas you can apply straight away in your classes and materials.

4. How to engage and motivate low-level learners using TED talks

TED talks are not only a fantastic source of authentic English language use. They can also help you expose your learners to a wide variety of English users from all around the world.

However, it can be difficult to use such authentic materials with low-level learners. It can be difficult to understand and learners might get frustrated. But if done right, lessons using TED talks can be incredibly motivating for low-level learners.

5. How to get on-line TEFL jobs as a non-native speaker: your complete guide

Many non-native speaker teachers have asked me how to succeed on-line. Unfortunately, a lot of on-line companies hire only native speakers. Some offer lower salaries to non-native teachers. If you decide to go solo, you might face a situation where many clients prefer native speakers.

So what do you do to succeed on-line as a non-native speaker teacher?

In this post I show you exactly what you need to do.

Thanks a lot for reading this blog. I hope that the ideas here have helped you tackle native speakerism, promote equality and get TEFL jobs as a non-native speaker.

I really hope to see you back here in 2020 and that together we can help make ELT a more equitable profession.

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