thornburyThere are many well-rehearsed reasons why NNESTs should have equal access to professional opportunities in ELT, not least the fact that any form of discrimination on purely biological, geographical, or biographical grounds is invidious. Add to this the fact that the very notion of the NEST vs NNEST distinction has become extremely slippery in an increasingly mobile, multilingual and globalized world. But, from a purely personal point of view, I have to say that many of the best teachers I have observed, or the best conference presenters I have witnessed, or the most inspiring colleagues I’ve had the pleasure to work with, just happen to have started life speaking a language other than English.

Scott Thornbury