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 Julia Gardos and Kaz Yamamoto on Sunday, February 26th at 5pm CET, or 4pm GMT. The title of the webinar is: Exploring the role of non-native teachers in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) in the UK.



About the webinar:

We set out to explore the role of non-native teachers in the field of English for Academic Purposes and the advantages that such teachers can bring to the classroom in the Higher Education context. By conducting our research at Bristol University, we collected data about student attitudes and will make suggestions for successful collaboration between native and non-native tutors.

About the speakers:

julia-gardosJulia Gardos acquired her first degree English Linguistics in Budapest, Hungary and then a Master’s degree in Literature and Culture at the University of York. She is working as a full-time EAP tutor at Bristol University. Her research interests include the role of non-native speaker teachers in the EAP classroom and the intercultural experience of students and tutors in HE.

kaz-yamamotoKazuo Yamamoto majored in language education including TESOL and Français Langue Etrangère. As well as teaching French and Japanese, he works as a Pre-sessional EAP tutor at Bristol University. He is currently working on his doctorate at the University of Bath.  His research interests focus on English Medium Instruction, second language acquisition, and the challenges for non-native teachers.

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 - Exploring the role of non-native teachers in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) in the UK.

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.

Upcoming webinars:

  1. February 26th. Julia Gardos and Kaz Yamamoto. (title to be announced soon).

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.