Native English Speaker
as a teacher
or not?

I often am asked and rightfully so,

“Will my teacher just be native?

Or will he be a teacher as well?

That’s a good question, and if you haven’t been asking, then it’s about time that you did.

After reading this article, you will have a better idea of whether a Native English Teacher is right for you or not.

As you may know, we firmly believe that native teachers are the way to go! They speak the language the way people talk and not the way you learn in books.

As you may know, we firmly believe that native teachers are the way to go! They speak the language the way people talk and not the way you learn in books.

For example, in english classrooms, teachers will teach you the difference between the use of

MAY

CAN

May is what we use for permission and can for ability.

So, we say,

and not

Perhaps your classroom stresses the importance of distinguishing between these two uses and leads you to believe that you must use it correctly to be a good English speaker. In actuality, nobody cares.
Listen, I grew up in the States, and we all asked if we can use the bathroom, not if we may. Now that I think about it the only ones who would correct us were our English teachers, hahaha, and they would always say it with a sarcastic look and smile.
“I don’t know, can you? It’s may I, not can I.”

I’ve mastered spoken Portuguese and Hebrew, and the one thing I promise you is that nobody speaks grammatically correct.
It’s true, think about where you come from and what you learned in school, then ask yourself, do you talk grammatically correct?

From my own experience of living in Brazil after spending six months in a very intensive school learning Portuguese, I felt ready to venture out and start talking with people.

What happened? I started correcting other people’s Portuguese!!! How ridiculous is that? How arrogant, even though technically speaking i was right.

Native teachers also help in so many other ways like:

Understanding differences in culture

Clarifying things that cause you confusion

Then why would I ever want anything other than a Native English Teacher?

When is it appropriate to take a non-native teacher?

If you are a beginner to a lower intermediate level student and your teacher can’t speak your language, you might want to think twice before taking him as a teacher. Don’t get us wrong we don’t believe in learning English based on your first language. It’s only, the classroom needs to be enjoyable, a place where the student doesn’t have to exert enormous amounts of energy always trying to understand the lessons.

A native teacher who can’t speak to you in your language will create this kind of atmosphere. In our opinion, beginners should be put with teachers who can either speak your language or non-native teachers who have mastered The English Language. Mastered not just the grammar but more importantly the sound of it.

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If your teacher is just a native and thinks this qualifies them to be able to teach you, let me assure you, it’s not enough.

Perhaps ask them to give you an example of a countable and an uncountable noun, or an example of why we use the simple present.
If unable to quickly answer questions like these, it’s not a very good sign.

Lastly, and I mention this any time I speak about looking for a great teacher, there is one ingredient that must be there to have excellent classes, and that, of course, is a passion for teaching.

The difference between a good teacher and a great teacher is they care, have a love of teaching. and a need to help you.

Thanks for reading.

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