I’m a non-native English-speaking teacher (NNEST) who has been teaching EFL for 28 years. I have never experienced discrimination as a teacher, and the institution I work for does not discriminate against NNESTs. Quite the contrary – we select NNESTs over NESTs when the former have teaching experience and academic qualifications and the latter don’t.
However, there are a few English programs in the city that advertise that they only have native-speaking teachers, as if this were an advantage in itself. This contributes to the misleading social construct that a native speaker is always a better teacher.
Due to my participation in the NNEST-of-the-month-blog and the Casa Thomas Jefferson’s fair recruiting practices, I was invited by Marek Kiczkowiak to give an interview for the TEFL equity advocates blog,
I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed speaking about the issues brought up by my interviewer.