TEFL Equity Advocates in collaboration with BELTA (the Belgian English Teachers Association) is going to host monthly webinars. They will take place on Sundays at 5pm CET. We’ll be bringing together speakers from all around the world who will give you a global perspective on ‘native’ and ‘non-native speakers’, equality, English as a Lingua Franca, and many other related issues. If you’d like to send a proposal or suggest a topic for a webinar, you can get in touch here.

The next webinar:

The next webinar will be given by Andy Hockley on Sunday, March 26th at 5pm CET, or 4pm GMT. The title of the webinar is: Diversity and the Learning Organisation.


About the webinar:

In two blog posts posted at TEFL Equity in December – Recruiting for diversity and Diversity in recruitment – I argued for a greater effort to focus on diversity in our language teaching organisations.  I outlined what diversity really means, and proposed ideas which are aimed at ensuring that our recruitment policies are more likely to give us a truly diverse group of teachers (and indeed other staff). The ideas about developing an ethical recruitment strategy will be developed further during the LAMSIG Pre-Conference Workshop in Glasgow on April 3rd (Details for which can be found here).  What I propose to discuss in this webinar is an extension of that topic – looking not at recruitment but at making full use of the diversity in your staffroom.  How can your LTO best make use of diversity?  How can you develop a true learning organisation which taps into the different voices and perspectives of all its employees?

About the speakers:

hockley5042Andy Hockley is the co-ordinator of IATEFL’s Leadership and Management SIG (LAMSIG) and is a freelance educational management consultant and trainer based in deepest Transylvania. He has been training (both teachers and managers) for 20 years and has been coordinating and training on the IDLTM (International Diploma in Language Teaching Management) since its inception in 2001. He is co-author of ‘From Teacher to Manager’ (CUP, 2008), ‘Managing Education in the Digital Age’ (The Round, 2014) and author of ‘Educational Management’ (Polirom, 2007).

How can I join the webinar?

The webinar is free of charge and registration is not necessary. However, there is a limited number of places, so register for free on Eventbrite if you want to guarantee a spot.

Eventbrite - Diversity and the Learning Organisation

To join the webinar on the day, follow these steps:

  1. Click on (or copy and paste) this link: http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/belta
  2. Enter as a guest. Use your full name and your country in brackets, e.g. Marek Kiczkowiak (Poland)

To check what time the webinar will be happening in your time zone, click on this link.

Previous webinars:

All webinars are recorded and publicly available on TEFL Equity Advocates YouTube channel. So if you’ve missed one of them, don’t panic! Select which from the previous webinars you’d like to watch, click on the link and off you go.


  1. February 22nd. James Taylor: Reflections on Why I wish I was a non-native English speaker teacher.
  2. May 10th. Hugh Dellar: Lexis, Speaking and the Non-Native Speaker Teacher.
  3. June 14th. James Beddington: Nativeness – a feather in your cap for language teaching?
  4. August 23rd. Ali Fuad Selvi: Myths and misconceptions about NNEST movement and research
  5. September 13th. Higor Cavalcante: Can we talk about our English? The importance of language development for teachers.
  6. October 7th. Tyson Seburn: NESTs are for birds: an exploration of unnecessary distinctions.
  7. November 29th. Steve Oakes: Some thoughts on teacher training, recruitment and materials writing.


  1. January. Ahmar Mahboob: A discussion on language variation and NNESTs.
  2. February. Nick Michelioudakis: The NEST brand.
  3. March. Robert Lowe and Richard Pinner: Authenticity and native speakerism
  4. May. Adriana Picoral Scheidegger and Laura Adele Soracco: Language Ownership – empowering teachers and learners.
  5. June. Varinder Unlu: Recruitment in ELT – let’s hire the best teachers.
  6. September. Chia Suan Chong. Learning to Communicate Internationally.
  7. November. Kevin Hodgson. Demotivating native speakerism.
  8. December. Nicos Sifakis and Yasemin Bayyurt. ELF-aware pedagogy and teacher education.

Stay up-to-date:

To find out more about the webinars and the presenters, keep an eye out for updates on this page, as well as on FB and Twitter. You can also follow the blog to get regular updates by email and subscribe to the YouTube channel.