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Another guest blog post: Leslie Denton

February 14, 2021

This is the second in what might become a series of guest posts from TESOL professionals who I’m working with at the University of the West of Scotland. Leslie Denton spent time as an English language teacher in South Korea, and is now working towards the completion of an MEd in TESOL. In this presentation, Leslie explores how the spread of English as a global language has created the discriminatory practice of native-speakerism. She then focuses on the South Korean context to reflect critically on the impact that native-speakerism has on the ELT profession there. Leslie draws on her own experiences and provides examples to illustrate her points, exposing some of the problematic elements that underpin ELT in South Korea.

I’ve never worked in South Korea, but I know plenty of people who have and I’m aware that TESOL is regarded as playing an important role in the nation’s socio-economic development, as well as being a prosperous industry in and of itself. It’s therefore important to shed light on any practices that promote inequality or social injustice, and I think Leslie does this very effectively here.

You can download and watch Leslie’s presentation by clicking on the link below:

As always, you’re welcome to comment on Leslie’s post below. I’m curious to know how (or whether) her ideas resonate with other TESOL professionals with experience of working in South Korea.


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