Equity in ELT – who do we need to convince? by Kenneth Arnold

I fully support TEFL Equity advocates and want to fight discrimination, so I clicked on the link here about what we could do. One of the suggestions is to make a blog post about it, so here is my attempt. Not discriminating against someone due to their place of birth seems such an obvious thing, […]

5 months down the road to equity

About 5 months ago, at the beginning of April, or late March 2014, I started TEFL Equity Advocates. I couldn’t quite imagine then how quickly it would grow and how much backing it would receive. It’s been a very interesting, at times slightly frustrating, but incredibly rewarding and time-consuming journey, and I would like to […]

TEFL Equity Advocates on British Council blog

As same of you might have noticed, the post (or rather one of the pages on this website) Why does it matter? won the Teaching English British Council award in June. You can imagine that I’m absolutely chuffed, especially that this website was started in April, and that the whole campaign is very close to […]

The Myth of a Silent TEFL Equity

NNEST discrimination and the need for the TEFL equity advocates to see their campaign as part of a broader critique of the current form of globalization.

Why TEFL Equity Advocates?

As a ‘non-native speaker’, I have faced discrimination myself on several occasions. I was fortunate that at the time I did not give up. I felt angry and frustrated, but I knew that I did not want the same to happen to other ‘non-native speaker’ teachers. And I hated the thought of letting the recruiters […]

Equity without myths or stereotypes by Michael Griffin

On 20th May James Taylor published a post on this blog entitled: Why I wish I was a non-native speaker of English, which caused quite a stir and a very enthusiastic response. I really encourage you to read both James’ post and the comments below it, before (or after) reading this post by Michael Griffin. […]

Why you should stop calling yourself a non-native speaker

Do you still talk about yourself as a ‘non-native speaker’? In this video I give 3 reasons why by using the term ‘non-native speaker’ in the recruitment process, you’re basically shooting yourself in the foot. Reason 1: Prefix non is negative First really important reason is that the prefix non itself has a very negative […]

How to use non-native speakers as pronunciation models

We all know that English is primarily used by ‘non-native speakers’ as a global lingua franca. Yet, for the most part, we still only use standard ‘native speaker’ voices to model pronunciation. We frown upon having a foreign accent. Thus, inadvertently, perpetuating native speakerism That’s why I’m really excited about this lesson plan prepared by […]

Thanks for staying on the email list

Thanks for on the email list I really appreciate that you still want to be part of this community. To keep in touch, I’d encourage you to join our FB group Join our FB group: Join Now I’m also quite a social creature, so I hang around on different platforms. Why not follow me there […]

How can language assessment be designed so that it better represents real-life language use? By Vinicius Nobre

The influence that assessment has in the way we teach is undeniable, though often overlooked. A lot of decisions related to our teaching, such as resources, materials, techniques, sequencing of activities, lesson objectives and other pedagogical elements are consciously (or unconsciously) impacted by the assessment tools that we rely on – or are forced to […]