Stand up and be counted – by Adam Beale

I recently started to apply to other academies here in Madrid. Several had been recommended by friends and colleagues and so I decided to send off my CV. I had an interview at one for a senior position, but no luck. I persevered and tried for another of the schools on my recommended list. Within […]

NS and NNS identity: issues of self-confidence, language ownership and authority.

Two days after Silvana Richardson’s brilliant plenary: The Native factor (read more about it here), there was an equally fascinating Q&A session. However, since it was impossible to address all the questions posed by the audience then and there, Silvana and I decided we would continue the discussion on this blog. We gathered all the […]

Proficiency: is there a minimum level for a language teacher?

Two days after Silvana Richardson’s brilliant plenary: The Native factor (read more about it here), there was an equally fascinating Q&A session. However, since it was impossible to address all the questions posed by the audience then and there, Silvana and I decided we would continue the discussion on this blog. We gathered all the […]

NS and NNS labels: a false dichotomy?

Two days after Silvana Richardson’s brilliant plenary: The Native factor (read more about it here), there was an equally fascinating Q&A session. However, since it was impossible to address all the questions posed by the audience then and there, Silvana and I decided we would continue the discussion on this blog. We gathered all the […]

'Tackling native speakerism in ELT' – IATEFL 2016 panel discussion

With this short video I wanted to invite you to an IATEFL 2016 panel discussion on native speakerism in ELT which will take place on Thursday 14th April in Hall 11a at 5.25pm. I will be joined by Burcu Akyol, Christopher Graham and Josh Round. See you there 🙂 You can watch other videos, interviews […]

Interview with Nik Peachey – 'bucking the NS trend'.

In this Talk to the Expert interview TEA talks to Nik Peachey, who is currently a recruiter at an on-line school English Up. We discuss his views about NESTs and NNESTs, hiring policies, and the reasons why he thinks bilingual teachers have an advantage over monolingual ones. The interview was trigger by a very interesting post […]

'I am just me' – lesson plan by Zhenya Polosatova and Michael Griffin

This is the first lesson plan for teacher training to appear on TEA. Pop back to the Activities and Lesson Plans section every now and again as it will be regularly updated with lesson plans for ESL/EFL classes and for teacher training aimed at raising awareness of different issues surrounding native speakerism in ELT. If you’d like to submit […]