Native speakerism and the complexity of personal experience: a duoethnographic study

‘Native speakers’ are better at teaching speaking and should be given conversational and high level classes, right? They can’t tell a verb from a noun, though, so don’t ask them to teach any grammar. ‘Non-native speakers’ know the grammar better and since they know the students’ L1, they should teach lower levels, right? They’re never … More Native speakerism and the complexity of personal experience: a duoethnographic study

6 things you should know about teaching pronunciation

The more ‘native-like’ the pronunciation, the better, right? Well, not necessarily. In this episode we take a look at English as a Lingua Franca research into pronunciation and discuss 6 things that every English teacher should know about teaching pronunciation. If you’re interested in learning more about teaching pronunciation, take a look at Marek’s on-line … More 6 things you should know about teaching pronunciation

Is having a ‘foreign’ accent in English a bad thing?

When it comes to teaching pronunciation, it is typically Standard British English or General American model that we teach our students. In a nutshell, we want our students to sound ‘native-like’. In this podcast, however, we take a critical look at the assumption that more ‘native-like’ pronunciation is better.   If you enjoyed this episode, … More Is having a ‘foreign’ accent in English a bad thing?

Teaching lexically, materials writing and the CELTA – interview with Hugh Dellar

In this episode we talk to Hugh Dellar, an experienced teacher, teacher trainer and materials writer. We start off by discussing the lexical approach, what it is, how it differs from other ELT approaches and how teachers can utilise it. We then go on to talk about Hugh’s books ‘Outcomes’ and ‘Teaching lexically’, co-written with … More Teaching lexically, materials writing and the CELTA – interview with Hugh Dellar

Which pronunciation model should we teach?

In this episode of The TEFL Show podcast we follow on from two previous episodes where we discussed the phonemic chart focusing first on vowels here and then on consonants here. So in this podcast we look at the various pronunciation models that teachers offer to students and try to answer the question which pronunciation model should we … More Which pronunciation model should we teach?

Should Native Speakers take proficiency tests?

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 … More Should Native Speakers take proficiency tests?