How to Become a Highly Employable and Successful ‘Non-Native Speaker’ Teacher in the Next THREE weeks
As a ‘non-native speaker’ have you ever… …felt like all the ELT (English Language Teaching) jobs out there are for ‘native speakers’ only? …spent hours polishing your CV and sending rock-solid applications just to be turned down yet again because they only hire ‘native speakers’? …been on the verge of giving up on your dreams […]
I’ve had a lot of fruitful discussions with Marek Kiczkowiak and Andy Hockley as of late, and it was from our dialogue that I was encouraged to inject another perspective into this international conversation on native speakerism. As a Black American, a ‘native speaker’ of the language, and a graduate of some of the US’s […]
Whenever I get into discussions with people in ELT about job ads for ‘native speakers’ only, one of the most common replies I get is that it’s all driven by market demand, so until we change students’ perceptions, there’s little that we can do to persuade schools to hire teachers based on merit rather than […]
Friday, August 25, 2017: A bad interview and a bad haircut. In that order and equally frustrating. While I can get over the latter, telling myself that hair grows back, I cannot come to terms with the former. I keep thinking that closed-up people who do whatever they please in a free democratic country like […]
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I just can’t get rid of that thought recently that the native vs non-native speaker teacher dilemma is oddly similar to the one concerning drinking water (be forgiving please, as I’m zero-waste lifestyle obsessed at the moment). Why? Because we reached for bottled water (natives) thinking that it’s better for us than tap (non natives). […]
I did not really plan to be an English teacher. As most things in my life, it happened by accident rather than according to some plan. I was fresh out of the university (Edinburgh) holding an MA in Scandinavian Studies, and I had no idea what to do with my life. There was an offer […]
Do you believe in primal scream therapy? I am not going to lie to you: It had not been a great day before I set foot into the weirdly medievally furnished meeting room that would be the backdrop of scenes that made me want to scream. Feeling like King Arthur, waiting for the other parties […]
Without discrimination against ‘NNESTs’ I never would be an English teacher. I’d wager I’m not the only one.
The answer, of course, is someone who is a competent user of English with specific training in the field of language pedagogy. Why, then, do we still see job advertisements requesting that the applicants be native speakers of English? Is this a lack of understanding on the part of the employer?