'The native speaker teacher and the issue of equality' by Phil Wade

I have followed the debate on native vs. non-native teachers with some interest. It is great to see and hear people addressing equality and the favouritism, in some sectors, towards natives despite them not always being as qualified as their non-native peers. As blog and Facebook posts on this subject have increased, so too have […]

'I am just me' – lesson plan by Zhenya Polosatova and Michael Griffin

This is the first lesson plan for teacher training to appear on TEA. Pop back to the Activities and Lesson Plans section every now and again as it will be regularly updated with lesson plans for ESL/EFL classes and for teacher training aimed at raising awareness of different issues surrounding native speakerism in ELT. If you’d like to submit […]

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 […]

'The importance of being a Native English Speaker' by Stephen Bruce

#TEA: This article was originally published by Stephen Bruce on his blog here, and is republished on this website with Stephen’s permission. I think here in Ireland, we have a strange relationship with the English language. In one sense, there is a sense of regret that English has replaced Gaeilge as our first language. We […]

Talk to the expert: interview with Bethany Cagnol

I’m delighted to share with you another great interview from the Talk to the Expert series. This time I had the pleasure to chat to Bethany Cagnol, who is the past president of TESOL France. You can find her full bio below the interview. You can tweet about this @teflequity and @tesolfrance using #TEA hashtag. Click […]

'Is the TEFL industry in Ireland a meritocracy?' by Stephen Bruce

Stephen Bruce has been a teacher since 2001, working in Italy and Dublin in that time. He has gravitated towards the areas of EAP, ESAP and exam preparation and wrote about Silence in the Classroom for his M.Phil. in English Language Teaching. At present, he is the EAP coordinator for Dublin International Foundation College. He […]

'I am Hank, or being a NNEST in Prague' by Karin Krummenacher

All names used in this article have been changed. The conversations and emails quoted in this article have been pieced together from various conversations the author has had over the years, which nevertheless in the author’s opinion accurately convey the current and real situation in the local ELT market. I met Larry in a café […]

"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 […]

Advice for a nNEST job seeker

As I briefly mentioned in this article, one of the oldest and most popular websites for EFL professionals, www.tefl.net, has decided to do their best to filter out all ads which specify the candidate must be a NEST (Native English Speaker Teacher) from their listings. Not only that, but they are also working on including […]