"Ain't no mountain high enough" by Ratna Ragunathan

The Beginnings Let me introduce myself. My name’s Ratna and I’m currently working as a teacher at the British Council, Malaysia. I’ve been teaching English for the past 9 years and it’s been a great journey this far. I’m truly grateful for the many people who’ve been a part of my teaching journey, shaping me […]

'Why native speaker teachers are often a bad thing!' by Adrian Tennant

In this article, originally published in IATEFL Voices. Issue 202 May – June 2008 and republished here with full consent of the author, Adrian Tennant asks if NS (Native Speaker) teachers are, in fact, as fit for purpose as we believe. Adrian’s bio note can be found below the article. At last year’s IATEFL Conference in […]

Recording of James Taylor's webinar: 'Why I wish I was a non-Native English speaker'.

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 […]

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 […]

The best of both worlds by Robert McCaul

Robert William McCaul (CELTA,DELTA) is a teacher, language learner, examiner, materials developer with over 6 years of teaching experience in countries such as Ecuador, Costa Rica and Vietnam. He currently teaches in Bournemouth, UK, and has recently started blogging on TEFL Reflections. In this article I wanted to summarise and reflect on the talk I […]

Employing both NESTs and nNESTs benefits students and improves business

NEST – Native english Speaking Teacher nNEST – non-Native English Speaking Teacher I would like to share with you an interview with Andrew Davison, the founder of Learn English Budapest, in which we discuss why Andrew has decided to change his recruitment policy and also take on nNESTs The website was setup after Andrew had spent […]

Talk to the expert: interview with Duncan Foord

Duncan Foord is the co-founder of Oxford House, a language school and TESOL training institution established in 1998, which has centres in Prague and Barcelona. He is the director of the school in Barcelona. Oxford House teacher training courses include both the TESOL Cert. and DipTESOL, while in the language schools they teach a variety […]