More Than a Second Language: Catalonian English Professor Argues for Non-Native English Teachers

English teachers can be found all over the world—even in those countries where English is not the first language. These days, you might say especially in countries where English is a second language. And while adventurous native English speakers have been traveling across the world to teach English as the language’s popularity grows, some argue that locals should be learning to teach English instead.

At TESOL Colombia, we sat down with Catalonian English professor Enric Llurda to talk about non-native English speakers and their increasing role in teaching the language.

Enric outlined some assumptions and biases about non-native English speakers and countries where English is not the primary language, and how those notions must be wiped out in order for non-native teachers and students to reach their full potential as instructors and learners.

Listen in to hear more of Enric’s insights about language learning and teaching, cultural identity, and his future research interests and efforts.

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