|The 15th International TESOL|
Arabia Conference, Dubai,
would lead us to compare and contrast the native English speaking teachers (NESTs) with their NNES counterparts. However, I neither intend to be in favor of any group to defend it or attack the other, nor do I attempt to deny the existence of differences between the two groups. I will base my argument on key research findings in the last twenty years, yet the dichotomy between the two groups can be most of the time a highly personal issue for the non native teachers. It is important to clarify that I am not trying to argue about and I do not think the issue should be in whom the best is in general but rather what makes one better in a particular setting. I also need to make a clear difference between the two contexts in language teaching; a) the ESL environment where the learners do not share the same native language and study English in the English speaking countries, and b) the EFL context where the students share the same native language, and learn the language in the Expanding Circle to use Krachu’s 1985 concept.