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 […]

Can nNESTs also be good pronunciation teachers? by Laura Patsko and Katy Simpson

  Katy Simpson and Laura Patsko have spoken at numerous conferences about their classroom experiences related to the pronunciation of English as a Lingua Franca, and presented for the British Council Seminar Series on the topic. They co-author the blog ELF Pron and tweet via @ELF_pron. Katy is a teacher and materials writer with an […]

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 […]

'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 […]

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 […]