The TEFL show presents part 1 of the recent interview with Paul Walsh of the Teachers as Workers Special Interest Group (TaWSig) by Robert William McCaul. In this part we talk about some of the problems that teachers face in the industry: poor pay, low job security, a lack of sick pay, unfair contracts, compulsory unpaid duties such as attending meetings, homework correction, professional development programmes etc. Paul also talks about the frustrations of being a freelance teacher in Berlin- frustrations that ELT freelancers face around the globe. You can find TaWSig on Google+ and Twitter.
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In this The TEFL Show podcast we discuss whether Native English Speakers (NES) should also be required to provide an official proof of their language proficiency. What triggered the podcast was the fact that more and more English-speaking countries (e.g. Australia) require both NES and Non-Native English Speakers (NNES) to prove their proficiency in English by sitting an internationally recognised exam, e.g. IELTS. Another trigger was what happened to Marek recently. When applying for a PhD in a British university, he was asked to provide results of a proficiency test taken within the last two years. This was despite the fact he’d done his BA in English, completed CELTA, DELTA and that he’s an IELTS examiner, which we think is enough to prove he’s highly proficient. If his passport were British, though, there would have been no need to take any exam, because, supposedly, all NES are always completely proficient. Or are they?
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