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 […]

The best of both worlds by Robert McCaul

Robert William McCaul (CELTA,DELTA) is a teacher, language learner, examiner, materials developer with over 6 years of teaching experience in countries such as Ecuador, Costa Rica and Vietnam. He currently teaches in Bournemouth, UK, and has recently started blogging on TEFL Reflections. In this article I wanted to summarise and reflect on the talk I […]

Employing both NESTs and nNESTs benefits students and improves business

NEST – Native english Speaking Teacher nNEST – non-Native English Speaking Teacher I would like to share with you an interview with Andrew Davison, the founder of Learn English Budapest, in which we discuss why Andrew has decided to change his recruitment policy and also take on nNESTs The website was setup after Andrew had spent […]

Talk to the expert: interview with Duncan Foord

Duncan Foord is the co-founder of Oxford House, a language school and TESOL training institution established in 1998, which has centres in Prague and Barcelona. He is the director of the school in Barcelona. Oxford House teacher training courses include both the TESOL Cert. and DipTESOL, while in the language schools they teach a variety […]

Talk to the expert – Steve Oakes

Steve Oakes is an experienced teacher, teacher trainer and trainer trainer who has worked in numerous countries around the world including the UK, the US and Japan as well as various parts of Central Europe.  He has been the Head of Teacher Training at International House, Budapest since 1997. Steve is also a co-author of […]