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

Finally, after many previous unsuccessful attempts, I had a paper published in ELT Journal (yay!). ELTJ is one of my favourite ELT peer-reviewed journals for several reasons, but one of them is undoubtedly their focus on practice. The papers published there are short, to the point, and the researchers always try to highlight what practical […]

How to Tackle Native Speakerism: The Four Levels of Change

I’m sure you’re all aware of the countless job ads for ‘native speakers’ only that just don’t seem to go away, but morph into job ads for ‘native’ level teachers with ‘native-like’ proficiency (especially in the EU, where advertising for ‘native speakers’ only is illegal). But this is just one, albeit perhaps the most visible, […]

[LESSON PLAN] Idiomatic expressions across cultures and first languages

When you think of high proficiency levels, say B2 and above, one of the characteristics might be the use of idiomatic expressions. When you hear a student say I’m absolutely over the moon, you might think to yourself ‘oh wow, that’s a very natural way of putting it’ and wonder where the student might have […]

Three Reasons Why You Should Use TED Talks to Teach English

We all know that English has become the global lingua franca of international communication, primarily used by its ‘non-native speakers’. Yet, ‘native speakers’ are still commonly regarded  as the ideal language models our students should aspire to they’re also seen as ideal teachers. This idea which has been frequently referred to as native speakerism. It […]

How to Get a TEFL Job as a Non-Native Speaker in 2019

For a ‘non-native speaker’ teacher, trying to get a TEFL job might be a bit of a stressful and frustrating endeavour. Your ability to speak and teach the language is bound to be questioned. Your passport is likely to become your biggest liability. You will constantly come up against job ads for ‘native speakers’ only. […]