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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

'Re-imagining the non-native speaker' by Sherrie Lee

Marek Kiczkowiak: I’m delighted to share with you here the post ‘Re-imagining the non-native speaker’, originally published in 2011 by Sherrie Lee on her blog here. Sherrie emailed me this post a couple of weeks back, asking if I’d feature it in Articles and Posts section on the website, which I was of course more than happy 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 […]

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. […]

Get Involved by James Taylor

We can all do something to help the campaign for equity in the TEFL industry between native and non-native teachers. Read on to find out what you can do… If You’re A NNEST If you’ve been turned down for jobs because of your nationality, don’t give up. Make sure potential employers know the qualities you […]

Who owns ELT? 'The Halo Effect' by Nick Michelioudakis

Before you start reading Nick’s post, please watch the video below which explains ‘the halo effect’ Nick refers to in the article, and shows how superficial features shape our opinions about people. In the EFL world, being a non-Native English Speaker Teacher (NNEST) means you’re Melvin, the short guy. Nick Michelioudakis “Who owns English? Is […]