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. […]

Racism in English Language Teaching is widespread

We often like to think of ELT as an open-minded, nice and tolerant profession. But there us unfortunately a much darker side to it. Native speakerism, which positions those perceived as ‘native speakers’ as superior, is very deeply rooted. And so is racism in ELT, unfortunately; whereby those who are not white or Western-looking will […]

Teaching EFL vs Teaching ELF (English as a Lingua Franca)

A lot of you are probably familiar with the acronym EFL, or English as a Foreign Language. Some of you probably have heard as well about the acronym ESL, English as a Second Language, but more recently on this blog I’ve been talking a lot about the acronym ELF , English as a Lingua Franca. And […]

Why employing non-native speaker teachers makes perfect sense by James Scholl

I had been working as the Director of Studies (DoS) at a language school in Siberia for over a year when the time came to start the next recruitment drive for international teachers. My first year as DoS had been a steep, stressful learning curve, particularly with respect to various unforeseen challenges in human resource […]

Where can I teach English as a non-native speaker?

Often, ‘non-native speakers’ ask me where they can teach English. Is it even possible to teach English abroad as a ‘non-native speaker’? If you’ve been asking these questions yourself, then watch the video below. Now I’m sure you already know that there are quite a lot of places in the world and quite a lot […]