The Non Native Speaker

Empowering Non-Native Speakers around the Globe

There is no such thing as an ‘Ideal Speaker’

The post debunks five fallacies in the English Language Teaching (ELT) industry, arguing that language acquisition is complex and highly individual. Misconceptions include assumptions that all learners progress similarly, native speakers model ideal language acquisition, younger learners have an advantage, immersion guarantees proficiency, and language learners progress in a fixed sequence. Each of these points have nuanced realities which are outlined.



I’m a Delta qualified teacher of English, who has lived and studied mostly in Malaysia, America and Italy. I have become increasingly aware of the social injustices reserved for those who are forever perceived as foreigners and non-native speakers of any given language.