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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 …

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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 …

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‘The Halo Effect and racism in ELT – research findings from Indonesia’ by Angga Kramadibrata

One day, a colleague and I were chatting in the staff room when the rather vulgar issue of salary came up. We were both decrying the fact that at the language schools that we have taught in, Native English Speaker Teachers (NESTs) are paid more than their (quite often) equally qualified and experienced non-native counterparts. …

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'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 …

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'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 …

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