'Teaching English in Japan as a nNEST' by Nicholas Susatyo

My name is Nick Susatyo and I’m a Non-Native English Speaking Teacher (nNEST) currently working in Japan. I was born in Indonesia, but I haven’t lived there for the past 8 years (a third of my life). I really just consider it my Passport Country. It’s been a long journey and I’ve been through a […]

Does it matter to students whether their teacher is a nNEST? by Bella Ruth Reichard

This is not a success story about employment, but about my own perception of myself as a non-native English speaking teacher. I teach EAP (English for Academic Purposes) to mainly Asian students with IELTS 5.5-8, based at a UK university. Starting out I first came into contact with EAP as an international student at Durham […]

The best of both worlds by Robert McCaul

Robert William McCaul (CELTA,DELTA) is a teacher, language learner, examiner, materials developer with over 6 years of teaching experience in countries such as Ecuador, Costa Rica and Vietnam. He currently teaches in Bournemouth, UK, and has recently started blogging on TEFL Reflections. In this article I wanted to summarise and reflect on the talk I […]

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 […]