Six years have passed since Silvana Richardson’s eye-opening plenary gave an insight into how non-native teachers were struggling to find equal opportunities as native English speakers. Even though many field professionals are highly aware of the discriminatory behaviours of school employers, not much has changed in the job advertisements looking to hire unqualified native speakers over qualified professionals. It is a long battle which can be won only by raising enough awareness towards the preconceived notion of what constitutes being an English teacher.
When my parents named me they wrote my name in Armenian, as they are Armenians at birth themselves and so am I.
HERE ARE SOME THINGS YOU MIGHT WANT TO AVOID SAYING TO YOUR STUDENTS AS THEIR ENGLISH TEACHER