Everyone reaches a point in their life when they ask themselves who they are, whether they are at a major crossroad professionally, emotionally, spiritually, or find themselves reeling from a dramatic event that became their wake-up call. To me, this moment came a few years after I had immigrated to Canada, when my husband and […]
I just can’t get rid of that thought recently that the native vs non-native speaker teacher dilemma is oddly similar to the one concerning drinking water (be forgiving please, as I’m zero-waste lifestyle obsessed at the moment). Why? Because we reached for bottled water (natives) thinking that it’s better for us than tap (non natives). […]
I did not really plan to be an English teacher. As most things in my life, it happened by accident rather than according to some plan. I was fresh out of the university (Edinburgh) holding an MA in Scandinavian Studies, and I had no idea what to do with my life. There was an offer […]
Do you believe in primal scream therapy? I am not going to lie to you: It had not been a great day before I set foot into the weirdly medievally furnished meeting room that would be the backdrop of scenes that made me want to scream. Feeling like King Arthur, waiting for the other parties […]
In my English teaching career, I have furthered my interest the recruitment and employment of English language teachers. I am currently responsible for the recruitment and employment of young learner teachers and have employed teachers from UK, USA as well as from Europe. Our school has zero tolerance against the discrimination of English teachers and […]
There can only be two drawbacks in the 21st century: not knowing English and knowing only English.
Your job may not be secure when your class is going well. Maybe, your students are making progress. Maybe, there are laughers in the class. Maybe, you have a higher academic degree. But all that will be of little value if you are a non-native speaker of English – at least in my case. It […]
More than 20 years ago, in the early 1990s, there was a lot of discussion about the position of teachers of English who were either native or non-native speakers of the language. In The Non-native Teacher Péter Medgyes, a Hungarian, wrote about the relative advantages and disadvantages, problems and insights, of both groups. This became […]
The balance (or rather its lack) between male/female or ‘native’/’non-native’ conference speakers has become quite a hot topic recently, especially as far as plenary talks are concerned. In this post, Gavin Dudeney shares a personal story of a very frequent invited conference speaker, and suggest how we could address the imbalance.
Without discrimination against ‘NNESTs’ I never would be an English teacher. I’d wager I’m not the only one.