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Who owns ELT? 'The Halo Effect' by Nick Michelioudakis

Before you start reading Nick’s post, please watch the video below which explains ‘the halo effect’ Nick refers to in the article, and shows how superficial features shape our opinions about people. In the EFL world, being a non-Native English Speaker Teacher (NNEST) means you’re Melvin, the short guy. Nick Michelioudakis “Who owns English? Is …

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Equity without myths or stereotypes by Michael Griffin

On 20th May James Taylor published a post on this blog entitled: Why I wish I was a non-native speaker of English, which caused quite a stir and a very enthusiastic response. I really encourage you to read both James’ post and the comments below it, before (or after) reading this post by Michael Griffin. …

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nNEST: bush-league teachers? I don’t think so…

This is the second post in our Teacher success stories series. The first one was about Irma Horvath, who despite being a NNEST, landed a great job with the BC in Malaysia, and is now training other teachers. You can read it here. This time we move to Italy, where Larissa set up her own …

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Why I wish I was a Non-Native English Speaker by James Taylor

I’m thrilled that James Taylor agreed to write a guest post for us 🙂 I met James in Costa Rica and we worked in the same school for a while. He talked me into starting blogging and gave some invaluable advice on it, as well as on teaching freelance. Here’s what he says about himself: …

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Successful nNESTs: There’s no such thing as impossible!

Irma is an extremely ambitious and conscientious person who has clear objectives in life. University degree, EFL teacher, CELTA, DELTA, summer jobs in the UK, international experience both as a teacher and a teacher trainer. Her career has taken off, no wonder. Irma was actually working with me in San Sebastian in 2012 when an …

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Only NESTs can provide a 'good' language model. Really?

The previous post I wrote for this blog opened a can of worms and caused quite a stir on the British Council FB page, where a fervent discussion started – which you can still read here. I’m really grateful to the BC team for sharing the post, leading the discussion and supporting the rights of …

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"It all comes down to PASSION" by Sabrina De Vita.

We’re really thrilled that Sabrina De Vita agreed to share this excellent post with us, and we are looking forward to more guest posts from her in the future. You might be wondering who Sabrina is. It might be easier if I pass the baton to her. This is how she describes herself on her …

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An interview with Peter Medgyes – a teaser

I’m delighted to tell you that Peter Medgyes has agreed to give us an interview! Yey! 🙂 It should be ready quite soon, but before we publish it, I thought it might be a good idea to briefly introduce him and his work here to those who are perhaps less familiar with it. Peter Medgyes …

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