Lessons from a Spin Class

The first gym I joined in Riga wasn’t great; I left after a month. Despite being instructed in English, the first spin cycling class I attended was particularly bad, and it put me off going back. - The instructor ate up 20 minutes of the hour-long session giving a detailed explanation. It was the end [...]

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Native English speaker = better teacher?

“I want my English teacher to be a native speaker” is a common attitude when people are looking for an English class. But is a native speaker a better English teacher only because they were born in a certain place? An estimated 80% of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) teachers worldwide do not [...]