Refusing to accept job ads for native speakers only: interview with Helen Strong

In this Talk to the Expert interview I spoke with Helen Strong, the chair of MELTA (the Munich English Language Teachers Association). Recently, they decided to stop publishing job ads which require the candidate to be a native speaker and I was curious to find out what the reaction from the recruiters has been. Why did […]

Talk to the Expert: interview with Isabela Villas Boas

This week TEFL Equity Advocates had the pleasure to talk to Isabela Villas Boas, who is the Academic Superintendent at Casa Thomas Jefferson, one of the biggest and best-known English language schools in Brasil. Recently, I’ve added the school to the Hall of Fame for their long-standing commitment to giving both native and non-native speakers […]

Talk to the expert: Interview with Ken Lackman

This time TEFL Equity Advocates talked to Ken Lackman, a freelance teacher trainer and a former Director of Studies at EF Toronto. For more interviews and articles from ELT experts, visit the Talk to The Expert section. Why do you think so many language schools decide to recruit only native speakers despite the fact that […]

Advice for a nNEST job seeker

As I briefly mentioned in this article, one of the oldest and most popular websites for EFL professionals, www.tefl.net, has decided to do their best to filter out all ads which specify the candidate must be a NEST (Native English Speaker Teacher) from their listings. Not only that, but they are also working on including […]

The struggle for equal hiring policies in Malaysia

Marek Kiczkowiak: This article was written in a response to my enquiry about the hiring policies in a big teacher training project in Malaysia. The author of this article, who runs the project,  would prefer not to disclose his name. His bio note can be found below. Equal hiring policies is a subject that I […]

5 months down the road to equity

About 5 months ago, at the beginning of April, or late March 2014, I started TEFL Equity Advocates. I couldn’t quite imagine then how quickly it would grow and how much backing it would receive. It’s been a very interesting, at times slightly frustrating, but incredibly rewarding and time-consuming journey, and I would like to […]

Students Know What They Are Told to Want: The Non-Native Teacher Debate

“The mind knows not what the tongue wants.” That was bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell during a 2004 TED Talk, quoting famed American market researcher and psychophysicist Howard Moskowitz. The talk, entitled “Choice, happiness, and spaghetti sauce,” detailed Moskowitz’s revolutionary research which profoundly altered the food industry. Most famous for his research into people’s tastes for […]

TEFL Equity Advocates on British Council blog

As same of you might have noticed, the post (or rather one of the pages on this website) Why does it matter? won the Teaching English British Council award in June. You can imagine that I’m absolutely chuffed, especially that this website was started in April, and that the whole campaign is very close to […]