Trying to get hired as a ‘non-native speaker’ teacher can be a rather grim affair… Half of job ads out there are for ‘native speakers’ only. The other half gives you a polite ‘No’, or never replies. As a ‘non-native speaker’ teacher myself, I know how frustrating this might feel. I’ve been there. But it […]
I have, since 2013, worked as a program manager of Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion Class, a large-scale, unified-curriculum course that caters to roughly 4,700 students per year at a university in Tokyo, Japan. I am jointly responsible for curriculum design and evaluation and for hiring, training, and overseeing the professional development of 42 […]
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 […]
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?
The fact that you’ve visited this website and are reading this tells me you probably don’t need convincing that “native-speakerism” is a myth that discriminates against thousands of qualified teachers, for whom English happens not to be their native language. I’m also going to assume you’ve read Marek’s post about “native speaker only” job adverts, […]
[From the editor: this post was originally published on Richard’s blog here and is republished here with his full consent] One of my roles in life involves testing the English language to make sure it’s working properly. It’s in this capacity that I get to fly down to Mérida for a few days, eat sopa de […]
Note: This is the second of two blog posts. The first sought to explain what diversity is all about and why it is important, and specifically why it is important in our context in language teaching organisations (and indeed what it should mean to us). This one, the second, is intended to offer some ideas […]
Note: This is the first of two blog posts. The first seeks to explain what diversity is all about and why it is important, and specifically why it is important in our context in language teaching organisations (and indeed what it should mean to us). The second, to follow, will talk about how we can […]