Talk to the expert – Steve Oakes

Steve Oakes is an experienced teacher, teacher trainer and trainer trainer who has worked in numerous countries around the world including the UK, the US and Japan as well as various parts of Central Europe.  He has been the Head of Teacher Training at International House, Budapest since 1997. Steve is also a co-author of […]

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 […]

Talk to the expert: Varinder Unlu, IH London Director of Studies

I’m delighted to share with you another interview from the Talk to the Expert series. So far experts such as Peter Medgyes and David Crystal have kindly agreed to talk to TEFL Equity Advocates about the issue of discrimination many non-Native English Speaker Teachers (NNESTs) face in the TEFL/TESOl industry. This time we are joined […]

Screening out the chaff? by Nick Michelioudakis

This happened a few years ago. I had just completed my military service and I had found a job with a local EL school, but I thought I would also apply to the BC for part-time exam invigilation work. Exams have always been big business in Greece, but back then exam-related jobs were also quite […]

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 […]

Interview with David Crystal

I am delighted to share with you an interview with David Crystal, who is one of the best-known and respected linguists. TEFL Equity Advocates had the pleasure to talk to him about native and non-native speakers, their role in teaching English, as well as the problem of discrimination of the latter group in TEFL/TESOL. 1. […]

'Native speakers only' ads and EU law

I’ve written previously on my other blog about discriminatory hiring practices in TEFL. You can find the post here and I promise to post it on this blog soon too. In a nutshell, over 70% of the posts advertised on the biggest search engine for TEFL job seekers, tefl.com, are exclusively for NESTs (Native Speaker […]