5 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2019

2019 has been a fantastic year, both professionally and personally. And I really feel that we’ve made some good progress towards promoting greater equality in ELT. Of course, there’s still a long way to go, and there are still numerous discriminatory job ads around. However, if we continue working together, we can and will achieve […]

Let’s Talk About Accents: Sense 8 Series Lesson Plan by Andrea Grassi

So I got back from the ELTons, where my course “The Ultimate Guide to Teaching English as a Lingua Franca” was nominated for innovation in teacher resources. While I didn’t get to win (congrats to the team behind Teaching On-line, who won the award), it was amazing to have been nominated, especially considering the fact […]

Why rebellious stubbornness (sometimes) pays off

Personally, I’m a rather stubborn type sometimes. And just a tiny bit rebellious. Like to go a bit against the current. Or maybe driven. It depends how you look at it sometimes. To give you one example, this whole website is the result of this stubborn rebellious drive to promote professional equality for ‘native’ and […]

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… […]

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, […]

Do you have an accent? – a lesson plan

Have you ever had people comment on your accent? Sometimes, these comments can be very positive: oh, you have such a lovely accent. But sometimes, they can also be rather negative. And the truth is that we all have certain subconscious biases towards and against certain accents. We think of some as posh, while others […]

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Are ‘native speakers’ better pronunciation models for our students?

This is an important question. Not only because the answer will determine how we teach pronunciation, but also because it lies at the very core of the ‘native speaker’ fallacy, or the belief that a ‘native speaker’ is always a better teacher, which is so rampant in our profession. Our gut feeling might suggest that […]

TEFL Equity Advocates and Academy – looking back, moving forward

You might have noticed that TEFL Equity Advocates also has an Academy now, where you can take a variety of on-line training courses, which focus on offering ELT professionals practical solutions to the ‘native speaker’ bias that is still so widespread in our industry. This is a bit of a change and you might be […]