Plurilingual paradigm vs symbolic violence


I’m sure you’ve all read this post by Mura Nava about the native-non-native conundrum (but if not, do check it out.) He retells two pieces of research about native and non-native language teachers and warns against talking about ‘who’s the most discriminated’. And yes, just turning the tables and expressing symbolic violence towards natives is not helping anyone. The ELT world is much more nuanced and multilingual (‘plurilingual’), and seeing it any other way is ‘unethical’ and ‘counterproductive’.

I can’t agree more: I’d rather talk about being the best teachers we — all ELT teachers — can be.


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