No more turning a blind eye to inequality in ELT – by Karima Ennouri

I was checking my Facebook account when I came across a post in one of the Facebook groups I’m a member of advertising a job opening in one of the English schools in Turkey. The job advertisement was short and lacking important information such as working hours, salary, etc. Since the advertiser said we could […]

TESOL Spain position statement against discrimination

Recently, TESOL Spain has issued a position statement against discrimination in ELT, opposing job ads that require the candidate to be a ‘native speaker’, have ‘native-like’ fluency, or speak with ‘standard’ English. I had a chance to talk to the current president of TESOL Spain, Annie Altamirano, to find out a bit more about the statement […]

Stand up and be counted – by Adam Beale

I recently started to apply to other academies here in Madrid. Several had been recommended by friends and colleagues and so I decided to send off my CV. I had an interview at one for a senior position, but no luck. I persevered and tried for another of the schools on my recommended list. Within […]

'Tackling native speakerism in ELT' – recording of the IATEFL 2016 panel discussion

This is the audio and video recording of the panel discussion on native speakerism in ELT Burcu Akyol, Josh Round, Christopher Graham and I did at IATEFL 2016. In it we addressed the problem of favouritism ‘native speakers’ enjoy in ELT from the perspective of a ‘non-native speaker’, recruiter and a teacher trainer. Each of the presenters offered some practical solutions for moving towards greater professional equality between ‘native’ and ‘non-native speakers’. There was also a 30 minute Q&A session.

You have the power to change the status quo

It’s been ages since I last wrote a post for TEA blog, which in a way is great, because it means that there have been more and more post from guest bloggers. The PhD that I’ve recently started is also taking up most of what I used to call ‘free time’, but now is more […]

Interview with the IATEFL President, Marjorie Rosenberg

In this interview from the Talk to the Expert series, I had the pleasure of talking to Marjorie Rosenberg, who is the current IATEFL President. Recently, IATEFL decided to stop publishing job ads on their Jobs Market site which are for Native English Speakers only. So, in this interview we discuss the reasons behind this […]

'The importance of being a Native English Speaker' by Stephen Bruce

#TEA: This article was originally published by Stephen Bruce on his blog here, and is republished on this website with Stephen’s permission. I think here in Ireland, we have a strange relationship with the English language. In one sense, there is a sense of regret that English has replaced Gaeilge as our first language. We […]

'It's what the students want' by James Taylor

One of the most common counter arguments you’ll hear if you get into an argument about the qualities of native vs non-native teachers is “Well, it doesn’t really matter as this is what the students want anyway. I’m just meeting their expectations.” I really don’t buy this point of view, not for any research based […]