You have an accent!

I was recently tagged in a discussion in a FB group for English teachers that was raging below a video that an English teacher had shared.  The teacher was showing some interesting ways of teaching young learners. My first thought was – this looks really cool. She’s really enthusiastic. I’m sure her students love lessons […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Seven easy steps you need to follow to teach English as a Lingua Franca

A few weeks back I wrote a post about the three reasons why I think we need to rethink our current approach to teaching English (EFL/ESL), suggesting we start teaching English as a Lingua Franca (ELF). To recap, teaching ELF can: provide a more realistic and authentic input, thus better preparing our students to use English […]

How to teach real English using TED talks by Lewis Lansford

For my whole career as a teacher, I’ve heard language learners talk about how they want to learn the ‘real’ language – not just stuff in books. And it makes sense. You want to learn language you can really use – maybe the language as it’s spoken in New York, London or Sydney. Ask English teachers what […]

How to tackle native speakerism by writing materials that promote English as a Lingua Franca

We all know that there’s a huge problem in ELT. Around three quarters of all jobs are for ‘native speakers’ only. There is still also quite a widespread belief in our profession that ‘native speakers’ make better teachers. That they’re more proficient. Have wider vocabulary. Intuitive feeling for collocations. Intimate knowledge of the culture. The […]

Are ‘native speakers’ better pronunciation models for our students?

This is an important question. Not only because the answer will determine how we teach pronunciation, but also because it lies at the very core of the ‘native speaker’ fallacy, or the belief that a ‘native speaker’ is always a better teacher, which is so rampant in our profession. Our gut feeling might suggest that […]