My ELT Voyage as a Non-White Native Speaker by Sulaiman Jenkins

“Finally, it needs to be stressed that if ELT wants to develop into a profession rather than remaining a largely unlegislated industry, then it should aim to eradicate all forms of discrimination. To evolve into a profession, the ELT community needs to challenge and remove from its belief system the notion that ‘some speakers are […]

Native Speaker Privilege and Unprofessionalism within the ESL Industry by Kevin Hodgson 

These days, there is a lot of talk about privilege, particularly white male privilege, in English language media.  It is argued that people who fit these racial and gender profiles receive institutional benefits because they “…resemble the people who dominate the powerful positions in our institutions” (Kendall, 2002, p. 1).  However, others have argued that […]

'The narrow funnel: geo-discrimination in ELT' by Richard Ellul

TEA: This post was originally written and published by Richard Ellul on his blog here. It’s reposted here with the consent of the author. As the importance of the English language increased over the years, so too did the number of people travelling to other countries to learn this crucial language. English it seems is […]

You have the power to change the status quo

It’s been ages since I last wrote a post for TEA blog, which in a way is great, because it means that there have been more and more post from guest bloggers. The PhD that I’ve recently started is also taking up most of what I used to call ‘free time’, but now is more […]

'Non-academic edge' by Anes Mohamed

“If you are not white, you are missing out” Louis CK Having been an ELT teacher for a long time, I feel I am well placed to vouch for the self‐evident truth of the above quote. In fact, in that same stand‐up comedy show, Louis CK drives this point home when he wittily challenges white […]

'Native speakerism as a form of racism' by Kirill Degtyarenko

This article was originally published on 24th November 2014 @ low-throughput blog here. Racism, as well as native speakerism, only survive if they are constantly reinforced through daily discourses that make them seem natural, increasing their power through making them invisible and less likely to be challenged. Todd Ruecker Six, no, wait, seven months after my […]