This week Brazil’s English Language Teachers (BrELT) group is organising English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) week. Starting today, there will be two FREE (yay!) webinars a day. You can learn more about the event by clicking here. I’m giving a talk on Thursday at 5pm Brasilia time (UTC -3) or 9pm GMT and 10pm […]
We all know that there’s a huge problem in ELT. Around three quarters of all jobs are for ‘native speakers’ only. There is still also quite a widespread belief in our profession that ‘native speakers’ make better teachers. That they’re more proficient. Have wider vocabulary. Intuitive feeling for collocations. Intimate knowledge of the culture. The […]
The battle rages in Spain between natives and non-natives. The streets run with blood and Euros fly out of the hands of desperate parents looking for a good teacher for their precious little ones. Working and toiling together in Spain as a native and non-native pair has given us an interesting insight into how the two, completely random coincidences of where you are born, are seen and in turn respected/disrespected in Spain.
These are the Plenary Speakers for the IATEFL 2016 Convention. Number of NNESTs: 1. 1 out of 5? What’s wrong with the NNEST team? Perhaps we need a new coach?! Let me state at this point that in my opinion IATEFL is one of the best TEFL organisations in the world and certainly the most […]
In this post I’d like to give you a summary of the first TEFL Equity Advocates webinar: ‘Reflections on “Why I wish I was a non-Native English Speaker”’, which was given on February 22nd by James Taylor, the president of BELTA (the Belgian English Teachers Association), which supports the project. You can watch the complete […]