The pervasive monolingual bias present within many societies threatens the well-being of bilingual or multilingual professionals. Bilingual–monolingual comparisons with methodological approaches upholding monolingual norms are not equitable to most teachers. As non-native speaker teachers, we often search for ways to prove our worth, and often times we do so through trainings and more trainings, certificates on top of certificates.
Each session has a special guest who will be conducting the training session to give their expert take on these topics and trends in English Language Teaching to encourage, uplift and inform participants on how to make the most out of theirs skills as non-native teachers and tap into their full potential.
About the Session: In the dynamic world of language teaching, NNESTs often find themselves navigating the challenging terrain of over-compensation, over-justification, over-qualification – the relentless pursuit of proving their worth and expertise beyond measure.
Rhiannon shares about how it is essential to strike a balance between acknowledging the realities of the world we live in and recognising that participation in the “must try harder” mindset is not the only path to success.
With over a decade’s experience of language teaching in various English schools, and having gained her DELTA in 2018, Rhiannon decided to set up her own business in 2020. She has moved away from language teaching and is now a mindset coach, helping her high-level clients overcome the mental and emotional barriers that prevent them from enjoying their English.
About the Session: The session is designed specifically for educators with a diverse language background, so that it inspires you to master the intricacies of English phonology and effectively guide your students through their language learning journey.
Dennis Warren has been teaching English for 20 years. He spent many years as academic manager of a prestigious language school in Southern Brazil, but now works as an independent teacher and teacher trainer. Dennis has a background in formal and computational linguistics.
Kaila Diaz is a sociolinguist (M.A.) who specialises in childhood and family bilingualism. She is the director of Bilingüitos (https://bilinguitos.com/), an educational platform and online community for parents raising bilingual kids. Kaila also hosts the Bilingual Parenting Podcast.