If you want to increase your chances of getting TEFL jobs as a non-native speaker teacher, you need to up your social media game. And this post will show you exactly how to do this.
For a ‘non-native speaker’ teacher, trying to get a TEFL job might be a bit of a stressful and frustrating endeavour. Your ability to speak and teach the language is bound to be questioned. Your passport is likely to become your biggest liability. You will constantly come up against job ads for ‘native speakers’ only. […]
A few years back something happened that completely changed my career. At the time I was working for a very well-known language school chain; I applied for a job in another country within that same chain and was openly told that they wouldn’t hire me because I was a ‘non-native speaker’. Probably sounds familiar to […]
Learn a simple repeatable process that will allow you to consistently get TEFL jobs as a ‘non-native speaker’.
Over the years I have noticed that quite a lot of us ‘non-native speakers’ tend to at times lack faith in their own abilities. Have you ever: worried about having a foreign accent? been nervous about making language mistakes? thought that a ‘native speaker’ would surely be better able to teach students vocabulary? felt like […]
I probably don’t need to tell you that getting a job as a ‘non-native speaker’ teacher can be tough. You’ve probably discovered that yourself by now. But I’m not here in this blog post to moan, complain or despair. To the contrary! I want to show you that it is not only possible, but in […]
You might have heard that Japan is a bit of a difficult market for ‘non-native speaker’ teachers. In fact, many of the jobs are explicitly advertised for ‘native speakers’ only. You shouldn’t get discouraged, though. Meet Nicholas… Nicholas Susatyo is originally from Indonesia, but he’s been working as an English teacher in Japan for several […]
In 2011, I applied for a job with a well-known language school in Lisbon. I had all the right qualifications, the right experience and skills. Or so I thought. What I didn’t realise at the time was that I didn’t have the right mother tongue. I wasn’t a ‘native speaker’. So I was politely turned down. […]
Our usual first contact with native speakerism might be seeing countless ads for ‘native speakers’ only or for ‘native level’ teachers. As ‘non-native speakers’ we might also experience native speakerism when we get turned down for a job, because of our mother tongue (despite having all the right qualifications) Or when we hear that we […]
Looking for jobs as a ‘non-native speaker’ teacher can be pretty depressing. I’m sure you’ve seen all these job ads for ‘native speakers’ only. But, despite this widespread preference for ‘native speakers’, some ‘non-native’ teachers have become incredibly successful. They have managed to overcome the initial bias against them and to succeed. What have they […]