‘Native speakers’, English and ELT

Changing perspectives

Authored by: Enric Llurda

The Routledge Handbook of English Language Teaching

Print publication date:  May  2016
Online publication date:  May  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415747394
eBook ISBN: 9781315676203
Adobe ISBN: 9781317384472


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Traditionally, ELT has tended to establish a dichotomy between native speakers (NSs) and non-native speakers (NNSs). In this chapter, I will show the problematic nature of the concept ‘native speaker’, I will provide arguments challenging this established division and I will discuss how such dichotomy has, until now, been responsible for the persistent disempowerment of NNSs within the profession.

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