ERIC Number: EJ1057003
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
It's Not "Who" You Are! It's "How" You Teach! Critical Competencies Associated with Effective Teaching
Farrell, Thomas S. C.
RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, v46 n1 p79-88 Apr 2015
Recently a dichotomy has developed in the field of TESOL between native English speaker teachers (NESTs) and non-native English speaker teachers (NNESTs) with some in each camp promoting one over the other, but this only separates rather than unifies our profession. In this article I suggest that it is not in anybody's interests to continue with this dichotomy if we are to be recognized as a profession within the wider academic community and that we should be debating critical competencies related to effective teaching instead, regardless of if one is a NEST or NNEST. In this paper, I point out that it is not "who" you are in terms of your ethnicity, culture or race as a TESOL teacher, but what you know in terms of your effectiveness as a teacher regardless of your background.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Teaching Models, Instructional Effectiveness, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Competencies, English Instruction, English Teachers, Educational Practices, Language Teachers, Reflective Teaching, Educational Philosophy, Educational Principles, Educational Theories
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