BESIG: Moving beyond the limits of “native speakerism” - A discussion with Ian McMaster and Patrick Mustu

Most BE teachers agree that the native speaker aspect as a criterion does not tell us whether a teacher is qualified and apt to teach Business English. Still, language schools and companies cling to that idea when they are hiring teachers, missing out on many qualified and motivated candidates. In this discussion, Ian McMaster and
Patrick Mustu will explore the business rationale behind native speakerism and argue why schools and companies are limiting themselves through such a hiring policy. 

In this webinar, the speakers will further discuss what we as teachers can do to promote change for the benefit of BE teachers and language schools alike. They will draw upon legal aspects, methodical and pedagogical aspects, and cultural and linguistic aspects as well to outline what a sustainable hiring policy could look like. That will help teachers understand their own position in a negotiation and what they need to bring to the table to be successful in the recruiting process. There will be time for the audience to share their opinions and experiences and to ask questions.

Speakers- Ian McMaster & Patrick Mustu

Ian McMaster is a business communication consultant and author. He was editor-in-chief of Business Spotlight and coordinator of IATEFL BESIG. His latest book (with Bob Dignen) is Trainingsbuch Business English.

Patrick Mustu has been teaching legal and tax professionals for 20 years. He is also a translator, writer and examiner, as well as a practising lawyer. He has been an active advocate of fair hiring policies.


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Event details

Event type:

SIG Webinar
Business English


11/02/2024 - 15:00 UK time
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Online event


Free for all to attend.
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