The Advantages of being a Non-native English Teacher
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The native vs non-native English teacher (or NEST vs NNEST) debate is a controversial one which has gained momentum in English as a foreign language circles in the last few years. While many teachers would not argue that a non-native teacher is any less qualified than a native teacher, job advertisements all over the world have been known to advertise specifically for native-speaking teachers, thus discriminating non-native speaking teachers out of jobs.
Let’s now take a closer look at non-native English teachers and discuss why we think there are a number of advantages to being a non-native English teacher.
Read more: TEFL Opportunities for Non-native Speakers
They have learnt English themselves
Non-native English teachers have had to learn English themselves. English is not their first language so in order to become fluent they would have had to go through the process of learning the language. This means that they have done the exact same thing their students are doing.
They will understand how their students are feeling, what problems they may be having and how to keep them motivated. Having a non-native speaker as an English teacher is a sure way to up the motivation levels in the classroom as students can see that learning to speak fluent English is possible.
They have a good grasp of the language
What this also means is that they have learnt English the way their students are learning it. Native speakers don’t learn English grammar at school, where they focus on style and literature instead. Many native speakers need to brush up on their grammar when they become TEFL teachers. While native speakers have a natural feel for the language, non-native speakers are better able to explain grammatical rules and concepts to their students.
Non-native speakers are bilingual
Non-native speakers are bilingual and sometimes multilingual while many native speakers are monolingual. Being bilingual gives these teachers the benefit of understanding the process necessary to learn another language. They can offer support and guidance to their students better than someone who has not learnt another language.
They can speak the students’ language
At the same time, their mother tongue might be the same as their students’ if they are teaching in their home environment. If this is the case, they will be able to make use of appropriate translation techniques to enhance their teaching, which wouldn’t be available to native speakers.
Read more: Using Translation in the TEFL Classroom
The controversy surround native and non-native English teachers is set to continue for some time. Many students prefer to have native English teachers because they feel they are better able to teach the language. However, as we can see here, there are numerous reasons why being a non-native English teacher can be advantageous in the English as a foreign language classroom.
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- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
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You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.
I’m not sure if you are the author of the above post (if so, I would directly address this comment to you). Having said this, what I’d like to say here is that I completely agree with you. You have highlighted some of the key advantages of being a non-native English teacher. You gave me somehow motivation and moral backup, since I am a non-native bilingual English teacher who is 100% in love with this beautiful language and has great passion for teaching. However, my daily struggle is with those employers who put an insurmountable barrier in the recruiting process. In most adds, we see the typical requirement of being a native speaker. Therefore, no matter how hard I study, my qualifications (which are rather expensive to get), years of experience living in anglophone countries and my dedication to this rewarding profession, I can’t change my birth place and I won’t be considered for the post.
Reading these types of “posts” gives me hope!
Dear Mister or Madam
I would like to receive more information about you because I am a Teacher of English who has Spanish as his mother tongue but teaches both in a Swedish school in Sweden today.