You don’t look like a ‘native speaker’: Racism in ELT

When we talk about native speakerism, we typically emphasise the discrimination those perceived as ‘non-native speakers’ suffer. It’s easy to forget, though, that there is a far more sinister problem lurking in the background.

Racism.

Can a non-native speaker teach English in Thailand?

The short answer is: absolutely! You CAN teach English in Thailand as a ‘non-native speaker’. The longer answer is: you need to know where and how to look. And be prepared to tackle native speakerism. In this post I’ll show you what the potential challenges are of getting a TEFL job in Thailand as a […]

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 […]

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 […]