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Eight Reasons Why We Still Need to Talk About Native Speakerism

From time to time, I still ask myself why bother? TEFL Equity campaign has been going for five years now, and sometimes you do start doubting yourself whether there’s any need to continue. But when I see comments like the one below, which was left below one of my blog posts recently, I forget about any …

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How to maintain a thriving language school through an equal opportunities policy and an ethical code by Julie Wallis

We are a small, yet highly accredited learning organisation and we employ professional qualified academic staff. The London School is regularly inspected by AISLi, Eaquals and The Veneto Region and our teachers meet the high standards set by these organisations. Over the past year we have been working on a research project. We invited learners from …

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How to highlight your strengths and get hired as a non-native speaker teacher

Over the years I have noticed that quite a lot of us ‘non-native speakers’ tend to at times lack faith in their own abilities. Have you ever: worried about having a foreign accent? been nervous about making language mistakes? thought that a ‘native speaker’ would surely be better able to teach students vocabulary? felt like …

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Let’s Talk About Accents: Sense 8 Series Lesson Plan by Andrea Grassi

So I got back from the ELTons, where my course “The Ultimate Guide to Teaching English as a Lingua Franca” was nominated for innovation in teacher resources. While I didn’t get to win (congrats to the team behind Teaching On-line, who won the award), it was amazing to have been nominated, especially considering the fact …

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Three CV Tips You Must Follow to Get Hired as a Non-Native Speaker Teacher

I probably don’t need to tell you that getting a job as a ‘non-native speaker’ teacher can be tough. You’ve probably discovered that yourself by now. But I’m not here in this blog post to moan, complain or despair. To the contrary! I want to show you that it is not only possible, but in …

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Why Now is the Perfect Time to Learn How to Teach English as a Lingua Franca

When researchers such as Barbara Seidelhofer, Jennifer Jenkins or Alan Firth first started writing about English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) in the late 90s and early 2000s, who would have thought that now: there would be a regular ELF conference, which for the first time last year had an entire day devoted only to …

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Resilience is the key: my journey as a non-native speaker teacher by Eleni Symeonidou

I am going to share my journey and lessons learnt as a non-native in the ELT industry in the hope that others will feel that they are not alone if they have had unpleasant experiences, and empowered about their teaching identity. I come from Greece where I did my BA in English Language and Literature …

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How to Teach Pronunciation for English as a Lingua Franca Use

Previously on this blog I wrote about the fact that despite the fact that standard ‘native speaker’ pronunciation still remains the default standard in teaching and course book writing, there’s no evidence that it is more intelligible in international contexts (read the post here). Now this is hugely surprising! After all, our gut feeling would …

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