Do native English speakers really make better teachers? There’s a lot of controversy surrounding this topic called native-speakerism and so we discuss the advantages of having a non-native English teacher as well as the advantages of having a native English teacher. It really goes beyond just having English as a first language and we hope that this podcast would help you to make an informed decision when choosing your teacher.

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  • Native English teachers vs Non-native English teachers
  • Native Speakerism
  • What makes a good teacher?

Words You’ll Learn:

  • Spell-check
  • Debunk
  • Corridor
  • A means to an end
  • Get one’s elbows dirty
  • Build rapport

Quick Definitions:

  • Give credit where credit is due: this is an expression that means that you should praise someone who deserves it
  • “Psychological trigger: something that causes someone to feel in a certain way or to do something.
  • “Some people believe that natives are a magic bullet: something that works as a magic solution to a problem, often involving little or no effort at all.
  • “…give you the English language spoon-fed”: If something is spoon-fed to you, it’s given to you and you don’t have to make an effort to get it, earn it, learn it, etc.
  • Take something with a grain of salt: to regard something as exaggerated; believe only part of something.
  • “That’s something that kind of sours people to learning with non-natives”: to become, or cause to become, less pleasant, friendly, or successful.
  • “Do they light up when they’re telling that story?”: to look happy.
  • “It boils down to what you want to achieve?”: to reduce information, usually so that it contains only its most important parts.

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  • Hello guys. How you doing? I just wanna thank you for your amazing work, teaching English. When I found real life English my English learning has changed. I had already made a course of English. But I am still on the way to fluency. I’m sure I’ll get it. Having that contact with natives talking and immersing myself into English was something that was missing in my studies. You guys helped me to do it. I learn a lot with you in each lesson and podcast. Thanks a bunch. May God bless you all.
    Referring to this podcast, for me, in the level I am, I’d feel comfortable with a teacher who has a high level of fluency. If he/she can speak my language, it’s still better. By the way, I prefer a teacher, being native but that learned another language. He/she knows the road I’m in now.

    • Justin says:

      Thanks for your suppor Mauricio!

  • Marina says:

    I’d like to thank you for your great work! I had earlier experience teaching English in the East of Siberia. Then I moved to the South-West of Russia to Saint-Petersburg. In Snt. Pete I continued teaching only for a short period of time and then decided to change by job and joined a big international company where I work now. But the thing is that now I really want to share my experience and not only in the field of project management where I am deeply involved now but also teaching a kind of specific business language. Your web source really helps a lot to find a certain kind of methodology that I can use sharing experience with young engineers who ask me for help with English.
    With kind regards,
    Your listener.

  • Nour el houda says:

    What an interesting and informative poscast I realy enjoyed listening to it .