"Ain't no mountain high enough" by Ratna Ragunathan

The Beginnings Let me introduce myself. My name’s Ratna and I’m currently working as a teacher at the British Council, Malaysia. I’ve been teaching English for the past 9 years and it’s been a great journey this far. I’m truly grateful for the many people who’ve been a part of my teaching journey, shaping me […]

Teacher success stories: interview with Erica Olah

The interview was conducted by Andrew Davison, founder of Learn English Budapest and Learn English Prague, both of which have been included in the Hall of Fame for their commitment to give equal employment opportunities to both native and non-native English teachers. You can read the interview with the founder of Learn English Budapest here. Erica’s […]

Talk to the expert: Varinder Unlu, IH London Director of Studies

I’m delighted to share with you another interview from the Talk to the Expert series. So far experts such as Peter Medgyes and David Crystal have kindly agreed to talk to TEFL Equity Advocates about the issue of discrimination many non-Native English Speaker Teachers (NNESTs) face in the TEFL/TESOl industry. This time we are joined […]

Screening out the chaff? by Nick Michelioudakis

This happened a few years ago. I had just completed my military service and I had found a job with a local EL school, but I thought I would also apply to the BC for part-time exam invigilation work. Exams have always been big business in Greece, but back then exam-related jobs were also quite […]

TEFL Equity Advocates on British Council blog

As same of you might have noticed, the post (or rather one of the pages on this website) Why does it matter? won the Teaching English British Council award in June. You can imagine that I’m absolutely chuffed, especially that this website was started in April, and that the whole campaign is very close to […]

nNEST: bush-league teachers? I don’t think so…

This is the second post in our Teacher success stories series. The first one was about Irma Horvath, who despite being a NNEST, landed a great job with the BC in Malaysia, and is now training other teachers. You can read it here. This time we move to Italy, where Larissa set up her own […]

Successful nNESTs: There’s no such thing as impossible!

Irma is an extremely ambitious and conscientious person who has clear objectives in life. University degree, EFL teacher, CELTA, DELTA, summer jobs in the UK, international experience both as a teacher and a teacher trainer. Her career has taken off, no wonder. Irma was actually working with me in San Sebastian in 2012 when an […]

"It all comes down to PASSION" by Sabrina De Vita.

We’re really thrilled that Sabrina De Vita agreed to share this excellent post with us, and we are looking forward to more guest posts from her in the future. You might be wondering who Sabrina is. It might be easier if I pass the baton to her. This is how she describes herself on her […]