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 […]

Why the native vs non-native debate completely misses the point

It’s been a while since I went on a rant on this blog, but I hope I’m not out of shape yet. There is something that has frustrated me for a long time in the whole ‘native’ and ‘non-native speaker’ debate, and it’s probably high time I vented my frustration.  The ‘native’ vs ‘non-native speaker’ […]

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 […]