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Three Secrets to Help You Engage Your Students Using TED Talks

I personally love using TED talks and videos in class with my students. Above all, for me: they can be great examples of authentic English as a Lingua Franca language use in action they help bring in examples of successful users of English, many of whom are ‘non-native speakers’ (just like our students) they allow …

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How to get a job in Japan as a non-native speaker teacher following these three easy steps

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 …

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A Skateboard With a Boost: TED Talk Lesson Plan by Lewis Lansford

If you’re like me, and you like to bring in a variety of different accents and speakers to the classroom to supplement what you can find in class, then you’ve probably tried or wanted to try using TED talks. They’re engaging, motivating and can really help showcase the incredible diversity of the English language. But… …

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Three reasons why you need to start teaching English as a Lingua Franca

Recently, you might have seen me post quite a lot about English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) on this blog. So perhaps, you might be wondering: what’s the big deal about ELF? why does Marek want me to start teaching ELF? how the heck is it related to TEFL Equity’s fight against native speakerism? That’s …

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How to motivate students using recordings of successful E(LF)nglish users

A lot of the times course books feature a rather narrow range of recordings of standard ‘native speaker’ voices. Just to give you a few examples: Syrbe and Rose (2016) note that most characters presented in books are ‘native speakers’ (mostly either US or British) ‘Non-native speakers’ also tend to contribute much less in dialogues, …

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Boost your confidence as a non-native speaker teacher with these two simple hacks (and get hired!)

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. …

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Teaching english as a Lingua Franca: How to use first language to facilitate communication

For a long time, there has been a rather negative view of using first language (L1) when communicating in English. It might sometimes be seen as: an example of lower proficiency or of not being fluent enough in English or of not knowing the right word. However, research clearly shows that multilingual individuals, which all …

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How to motivate and engage low-level learners using TED talks by Lewis Lansford

All too often, we think of authentic input such as a TED Talk as listening material that happens to have pictures – often just a person speaking. However, as a classroom resource, TED Talks offer so much more: the fact that they have sound and images – often visually rich ones, beyond just the speaker …

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Learn how to tackle native speakerism, promote equality and teach English for global communication

It is no secret that English has become the global lingua franca. Research shows that ‘non-native speaker’ users of the language outnumber the ‘native’ ones by at least 4:1. And this number is only going to grow in the coming years. So how can we best help students become successful users of English in this …

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How to teach real English using TED talks by Lewis Lansford

For my whole career as a teacher, I’ve heard language learners talk about how they want to learn the ‘real’ language – not just stuff in books. And it makes sense. You want to learn language you can really use – maybe the language as it’s spoken in New York, London or Sydney. Ask English …

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