Abstract or Introduction
For decades, there has been a widespread assumption in the field of English language education that native speakers are better teachers. They are said ‘to speak “unaccented” English, understand and use idiomatic expressions fluently, and completely navigate the culture of at least one English-dominant society. As a result, nonnative English-speaking educators have found themselves often implicitly, and sometimes explicitly discriminated against’ native speakers of English.
Around the world 80 per cent of English language teachers are non-native speakers of English. But native speakers of English are usually given more value: they find it easier to get a job as an English teacher and get in general better payed. They are seen as belonging to a higher professional status than non-native speakers. It is said that as native speakers grew up speaking English they are more acquainted with the language and with that provide a better language education to their students.
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- Clara Winterfeld (Author), 2017, Is it better to learn English from a native or a non-native speaker teacher?, Munich, GRIN Verlag, https://www.grin.com/document/419618