James Taylor is a British English teacher in Costa Rico. TEFL Equity Advocates is a blog created “to speak out against the discrimination of non-native English speaker teachers (NNESTs) in TEFL/TESL industry.” How many times have we seen schools (even our own) post ads for native English speakers (NESTs) only? How fair is that to those in the ELT profession who are non-native speakers (NNESTs) but excellent teachers? In this post from last year, James writes about just this issue.
I’m thrilled that James Taylor agreed to write a guest post for us 🙂 I met James in Costa Rica and we worked in the same school for a while. He talked me into starting blogging and gave some invaluable advice on it, as well as on teaching freelance. Here’s what he says about himself:
Originally from Brighton, UK, I have taught English as a foreign language to adults in Brazil, South Korea and Belgium. Currently based in San Jose, Costa Rica, I teach adults at Centro Cultural Britanico. I am the current President and a co-founder of BELTA, the Belgian English Language Teachers Association. You can also find me moderating #ELTchat, a weekly discussion on Twitter with teachers from around the world, presenting the #ELTchat podcast, mentoring teachers for iTDi, blogging and taking photographs. You can read my blog here.
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