Why I wish I was a Non-Native English Speaker by James Taylor

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James Taylor is a British English teacher in Costa Rico. TEFL Equity Advocates is a blog created “to speak out against the discrimination of non-native English speaker teachers (NNESTs) in TEFL/TESL industry.” How many times have we seen schools (even our own) post ads for native English speakers (NESTs) only? How fair is that to those in the ELT profession who are non-native speakers (NNESTs) but excellent teachers? In this post from last year, James writes about just this issue.

5 Comments on “Why I wish I was a Non-Native English Speaker by James Taylor”

    1. It’s a great post, Marek. Thanks for writing it.
      The prospects for nNESTs here are quite good in language schools and such. There are also some primary schools that hire nNESTs from outside Europe to teach English (although their qualifications are questionable at best). Secondary schools rarely hire nNESTs. But there are still the ads for NESTs only. And there are many of them.

        1. got one this morning: Elementary school in Ostrava / Brno area is looking for a full time English teacher, native speaker, to teach 15 to 20 lessons a week. Full time contract (trvaly pracovny pomer), April, May, June. 45 000 CZK gross per month. Accommodation included.
          I believe better teacher training at universities and improving the quality of nNESTs’ English overall would solve this problem. If nNESTs were truly proficient in English (at least C1), there would be no reason to prefer a NEST other than having someone from a different culture in the classroom.

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