Recording of James Taylor's webinar: 'Why I wish I was a non-Native English speaker'.

In this post I’d like to give you a summary of the first TEFL Equity Advocates webinar: ‘Reflections on “Why I wish I was a non-Native English Speaker”’, which was given on February 22nd by James Taylor, the president of BELTA (the Belgian English Teachers Association), which supports the project. You can watch the complete […]

Refusing to accept job ads for native speakers only: interview with Helen Strong

In this Talk to the Expert interview I spoke with Helen Strong, the chair of MELTA (the Munich English Language Teachers Association). Recently, they decided to stop publishing job ads which require the candidate to be a native speaker and I was curious to find out what the reaction from the recruiters has been. Why did […]

Talk to the Expert: interview with Isabela Villas Boas

This week TEFL Equity Advocates had the pleasure to talk to Isabela Villas Boas, who is the Academic Superintendent at Casa Thomas Jefferson, one of the biggest and best-known English language schools in Brasil. Recently, I’ve added the school to the Hall of Fame for their long-standing commitment to giving both native and non-native speakers […]

'Teaching English in Japan as a nNEST' by Nicholas Susatyo

My name is Nick Susatyo and I’m a Non-Native English Speaking Teacher (nNEST) currently working in Japan. I was born in Indonesia, but I haven’t lived there for the past 8 years (a third of my life). I really just consider it my Passport Country. It’s been a long journey and I’ve been through a […]

Talk to the expert: Interview with Ken Lackman

This time TEFL Equity Advocates talked to Ken Lackman, a freelance teacher trainer and a former Director of Studies at EF Toronto. For more interviews and articles from ELT experts, visit the Talk to The Expert section. Why do you think so many language schools decide to recruit only native speakers despite the fact that […]

Does it matter to students whether their teacher is a nNEST? by Bella Ruth Reichard

This is not a success story about employment, but about my own perception of myself as a non-native English speaking teacher. I teach EAP (English for Academic Purposes) to mainly Asian students with IELTS 5.5-8, based at a UK university. Starting out I first came into contact with EAP as an international student at Durham […]