In our Twitter chat for March 2017, we discussed discrimination against non-native English speaking teachers. This chat has now taken place – unfortunately there is no transcript/summary of this chat, but please check the links below, and you might be interested in a similar chat from 2016: Native speakerism in ELT in Australasia – #AusELT Twitter chat 1st May 2016 .
Have a look at the following questions and links to prepare for the chat.
- Why should we be concerned by this topic?
- Why would students from abroad pay to study in Australia, only to be taught by a teacher from their home country or a surrounding country?
- Do students need a native speaker to acquire native sounding accent?
- Is a native sounding accent really important?
- What can we do about discrimination, and why is it important to do something?
- TEFL Equity Advocates – for equal professional opportunities for ‘native’ and ‘non-native’ English speaking teachers in ELT.
- Native speakerism in ELT in Australasia (#AusELT Twitter chat, 1st May 2016)
Summary of chat here
You’ll see we had a similar chat last year, so a quick read through that (link above) would allow us to really move the topic forward.
For those new to Twitter chats, these posts should get you started:
- Need help with Twitter?
- #AusELT 1-page guide to Twitter
- So you have a Twitter account – now what? (from Cult of Pedagogy)
If you are not sure about Twitter and need a hand to get started, do message Gerhard on Facebook or Twitter (@heimuoshutaiwan) or by leaving a comment below.