You have an accent!

I was recently tagged in a discussion in a FB group for English teachers that was raging below a video that an English teacher had shared.  The teacher was showing some interesting ways of teaching young learners. My first thought was – this looks really cool. She’s really enthusiastic. I’m sure her students love lessons […]

Why the native vs non-native debate completely misses the point

It’s been a while since I went on a rant on this blog, but I hope I’m not out of shape yet. There is something that has frustrated me for a long time in the whole ‘native’ and ‘non-native speaker’ debate, and it’s probably high time I vented my frustration.  The ‘native’ vs ‘non-native speaker’ […]

How to write materials and lesson plans for teaching English as a Lingua Franca

Finally, after many previous unsuccessful attempts, I had a paper published in ELT Journal (yay!). ELTJ is one of my favourite ELT peer-reviewed journals for several reasons, but one of them is undoubtedly their focus on practice. The papers published there are short, to the point, and the researchers always try to highlight what practical […]

[LESSON PLAN] Idiomatic expressions across cultures and first languages

When you think of high proficiency levels, say B2 and above, one of the characteristics might be the use of idiomatic expressions. When you hear a student say I’m absolutely over the moon, you might think to yourself ‘oh wow, that’s a very natural way of putting it’ and wonder where the student might have […]

Three Reasons Why You Should Use TED Talks to Teach English

We all know that English has become the global lingua franca of international communication, primarily used by its ‘non-native speakers’. Yet, ‘native speakers’ are still commonly regarded  as the ideal language models our students should aspire to they’re also seen as ideal teachers. This idea which has been frequently referred to as native speakerism. It […]