Screening out the chaff? by Nick Michelioudakis

This happened a few years ago. I had just completed my military service and I had found a job with a local EL school, but I thought I would also apply to the BC for part-time exam invigilation work. Exams have always been big business in Greece, but back then exam-related jobs were also quite […]

TEFL Equity Advocates on British Council blog

As same of you might have noticed, the post (or rather one of the pages on this website) Why does it matter? won the Teaching English British Council award in June. You can imagine that I’m absolutely chuffed, especially that this website was started in April, and that the whole campaign is very close to […]

Interview with David Crystal

I am delighted to share with you an interview with David Crystal, who is one of the best-known and respected linguists. TEFL Equity Advocates had the pleasure to talk to him about native and non-native speakers, their role in teaching English, as well as the problem of discrimination of the latter group in TEFL/TESOL. 1. […]

Get Involved by James Taylor

We can all do something to help the campaign for equity in the TEFL industry between native and non-native teachers. Read on to find out what you can do… If You’re A NNEST If you’ve been turned down for jobs because of your nationality, don’t give up. Make sure potential employers know the qualities you […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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: […]

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 […]

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 […]