Being a NNEST in Brazil Today Part 2

  “Language doesn’t only represent or refer to social reality (…) it constructs social reality” Claire Kramsch, in “From Practice to Theory and Back Again.”                                                            ...Read More

Being a NNEST in Brazil back in the 80s Part 1

The past is never where you think you left it.” —- Katherine Anne Porter Having lived a year in the US, I was convinced that I had become an American. I spoke American English, my clothes were mostly American, and I did not like black beans anymore. I could not help pronouncing the word Coke...Read More

The native versus non-native teacher dichotomy – Challenging Mental Models

I saw a post recently on Facebook advertising a position for a native speaking teacher in a Brazilian language program. The post appeared on the page of a closed group for English teachers in Brazil. The reaction to the post was immediate. People wanted to know why the program was only hiring native speakers and...Read More

One flew east, one flew west, and NNESTs flew everywhere.

  The challenge of being a non-native English speaker in a native English speaking world I recently came across EFL teacher James Taylor’s blog post about NNESTs’ struggle to be respected as English teachers by students and employers. In his guest blog post, James lists a number of advantages of being a NNEST over a...Read More
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