Should ESL teachers (only) be native speakers?

A NNEST is a non-native English-speaking teacher as opposed to a NEST, native English-speaking teacher. Currently, about 1.5 billion people in the world speak English and of those, less than 400 million use it as their first language (L1) according to the World Economic Forum. Chances are most teachers of English as a Second Language … Continue reading Should ESL teachers (only) be native speakers?

Three steps to conquer CELPIP

Many of you out there might be getting ready to take an English Proficiency Exam. There are several reasons you might need to do it: professional advancement, further / international education, immigration. The fact of the matter is that most of us do not take tests for fun, so it is safe to say that … Continue reading Three steps to conquer CELPIP

Highlights: 2019 Disruptive Education Conference

The 2019 Disruptive Education Conference happened last weekend, on April 6. It was a five-guest-speaker marathon on edupreneurship, immigration and learner autonomy. Ada Draeden and MC Anesh Daya Ada Draeden, expert on immigrant success, opened the conference with a talk on “Canadian English: How to Translate your Job Search”. As she states, “language does not … Continue reading Highlights: 2019 Disruptive Education Conference

The social impact of “Where are you from?”

As soon as any student starts their journey towards becoming a speaker of English, a couple of pre-made sentences, a learner’s ‘toolkit’, is handed them. Statements such as “I am (name)” or “my name is (name)” are the tip of the iceberg. Soon after students are presented with the predictable and unskippable “he is”, “she … Continue reading The social impact of “Where are you from?”

5 tips to write an exam

Are you going to write an English proficiency test? If so, then, read this. When you enrol to write a standardized exam, you usually have a pretty compelling reason to do so: immigration, education or professional advancement. And in those cases, my friends, almost simply won’t do. The tips I will share with you come … Continue reading 5 tips to write an exam