'Cheeky Postcards: Lessons learned from being a trainer on TEFL courses' by Daniel Baines

A teacher trainer, Daniel Baines, sheds light on the alleged advantages of native English speakers as language teachers from his experience on intensive initial teaching training courses. Daniel’s bio can be found below the article. Intensive teaching certificate courses, or TEFL courses, flourish throughout Europe and a cross-section of a TEFL school at any given […]

'The strengths of Non-Native English Speaking Teachers' an infographic by Adam Simpson

This infographic presents the strengths most Non-Native English Speaking Teachers (NNESTs) have. It has been prepared by Adam Simpson (see Adam’s bio at the bottom of the page) with invaluable help from Michael Griffin (see his post “Equity without myths or stereotypes” here), Eszter Hajdics (her talk on NNEST strengths can be viewed here), Chio Rojas and Peter Lahiff, […]

'Sounding out ELT hiring policies in South Korea' by Martin Sketchley

I started my English language teaching career soon after completing my undergraduate degree in 2005. South Korea appeared to be a wonderful opportunity, as all you needed to qualify as an English language teacher was to be a Native English Speaker (NS), hold a degree in any subject from an English-speaking country and be willing […]

Recording of James Taylor's webinar: 'Why I wish I was a non-Native English speaker'.

In this post I’d like to give you a summary of the first TEFL Equity Advocates webinar: ‘Reflections on “Why I wish I was a non-Native English Speaker”’, which was given on February 22nd by James Taylor, the president of BELTA (the Belgian English Teachers Association), which supports the project. You can watch the complete […]

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 […]