About

Teacher, Trainer, Speaker, Blogger

Hi there! My name is Meri (AKA The Non Native Speaker).

I manage an Instagram page called the_non_native_speaker, where I share my thoughts on the topic of Native Speakerism.

I used to work as a language teacher and consultant for various renowned companies such as Parmalat, Adecco, 3M, FERCAM, N1 Logistics, and Barilla through private English schools in Emilia Romagna.

Currently I work full-time at an International School as an L2 English teacher.

Originally from Yerevan, Armenia, I have lived in several places such as Buenos Aires, Kuala Lumpur, San Diego, Lecce (South Italy), and Parma (Northern Italy). I hold a Cambridge CELTA and a Global DELTA Cambridge Diploma from CLIC International House in Seville, Spain.

I enjoy attending and speaking at ELT conferences and workshops, reading books, and performing live. My mission is to dismantle prejudice and bias in education, specifically when it comes to NNESTs being denied work opportunities across the globe.

I hold a Master’s degree in Language and Cultural Studies from the University of Modena and Reggio.

I am deeply passionate about advocating for equal opportunities in English Language Teaching (ELT), specifically for non-native English speaking teachers.

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Meri is always available for side collaborations and talks worldwide. If you want to chat about language, teaching, native speakerism, or anything else, don’t hesitate in reaching out.

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