It’s been a while since I published a video on my YouTube channel. And one of my new year’s resolutions was to post more videos on YouTube, Facebook and Insta. I spent last weekend preparing a list of topics, so you’ll definitely see more videos from me in the coming weeks and months. But today […]
When we talk about native speakerism, we typically emphasise the discrimination those perceived as ‘non-native speakers’ suffer. It’s easy to forget, though, that there is a far more sinister problem lurking in the background.
Teaching listening for English as a Lingua Franca use: 3 tips to quickly choose the right recordings
Now it’s no secret that English has become the global lingua franca of choice (ELF). This means that as a result your students are very likely to interact with other ‘non-native speakers’ of English, which of course might pose challenges in terms of being able to understand a wide variety of accents. While published materials […]
The short answer is: absolutely! You CAN teach English in Thailand as a ‘non-native speaker’. The longer answer is: you need to know where and how to look. And be prepared to tackle native speakerism. In this post I’ll show you what the potential challenges are of getting a TEFL job in Thailand as a […]
I was recently tagged in a discussion in a FB group for English teachers that was raging below a video that an English teacher had shared. The teacher was showing some interesting ways of teaching young learners. My first thought was – this looks really cool. She’s really enthusiastic. I’m sure her students love lessons […]
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 […]
Struggling to find TEFL jobs as a non-native speaker? This post will show you exactly what you need to do to start getting more job offers and more clients.
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 Develop Your Students’ Communicative Skills Through Role Plays: Paraphrasing by Carolin Zehne
Previously on this blog, I shared a lesson plan which helped students understand unfamiliar (non-native speaker) accents of English, which they are likely to encounter outside the classroom in our globalized world. Apart from this, it’s also important to practice communication strategies in order to prepare students for the use of English as a lingua […]
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 […]