Be-Know-Do: A Different Angle on the Native Speaker Myth

English is important, no one would doubt that nowadays. And the belief is that a Native Speaker Myth holds that the best teacher is a Native Speaker. So, why not simply immerse yourself in English?

Surround yourself by a million Native Speakers every day. Instead of bringing one Native Speaker to you, you go to a place where there are a million of them.

TV, Radio, Newspapers, daily events and routines. Surely you will sound like a native speaker then, right? But here’s a problem that will be followed up later: There just aren’t enough teachers of the language to go around.

And besides, you would like to retain your cultural heritage, and also your language. Take a look at Miami. It becomes obvious that the Native English Speaker Teacher is not a “silver bullet”.

The Native English Speaker Teacher leaves his home country behind. What must this teacher be, know, and do, to be successful outside of his/her home country? Simply being a native speaker will get you nowhere… There must be more, and if you have no clue what makes a good teacher, the result will be what you see in this video, the Miami result…

Thomas Baker
Native Speaker
Teacher of English as a Foreign Language
Santiago, Chile

About profesorbaker

Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family.
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