Hi! Welcome to TEFL Equity Academy.
My name is Marek and it's really great to have you here :)
I am a teacher, teacher trainer and materials writer with a decade of experience in the field. I'm really passionate about equal professional opportunities for 'native' and 'non-native speaker' teachers, and I think one way to achieve this is to prepare teachers to teach English as a global lingua franca, shifting away from the emphasis on a standard 'native speaker' model of language. This is also necessary if we are serious about helping our students to be successful users of English.
I have delivered workshops, seminars and plenary talks at conferences and events for English teachers in Europe and North America, helping teachers to rethink not only how but also which English to teach. I'd now like to share this knowledge and passion with you here on TEFL Equity Academy.
- Marek Kiczkowiak, Founder, TEFL Equity Advocates and Academy
Having given workshops and talks around the world for English teachers, I'm always taken aback by just how many teachers struggle with pronunciation teaching. Or maybe even avoid it all together.
If this sounds a bit like you, and if you'd like to...
...understand which pronunciation features contribute to intelligibility in international contexts, so you teach pronunciation with confidence ;
…know which pronunciation features to focus on in your classes to save time and still improve your students' pronunciation;
…understand the difference between accent and intelligibility so that in class you focus on the pronunciation features that REALLY matter ;
…find out why you should use recordings of ‘non-native speakers’ so that you can supplement your materials and prepare your students for the variety of Englishes out there .
Then, I've got some great news for you! I'm giving away a FREE copy of my pdf guide
6 things every English teacher should know about pronunciation teaching + a FREE 5-day email course on adapting course books .
Click 'Send in Messenger' below and the guide will land in your FB messenger inbox faster than you can say 'Send in Messenger' ;)
Or if you prefer to communicate via the good old email, then pop your name and email below and you're ready to go and I'll email you a copy of the guide.
"Without a doubt, Marek Kiczkowiak is a mover and shaker in the world of English language teaching, proof of which I need only mention his tireless advocacy for greater inclusiveness in the field, along with the innovative way he applies research into English as a lingua franca. One to watch! "
- Scott Thornbury, ELT writer and teacher trainer
"The mini course on teaching pronunciation gave me food for thought as well as some practical ideas that I'm planning to use in the classroom. The course structure is simple and clear. Moreover, you can take as much time as you need to complete it. Finally, you are encouraged to share your experience in teaching or learning pronunciation and get the feedback."
-Galina Khinchuk, English teacher from Ukraine
"English has rapidly become a language with no single national provenance and for which there are increasingly few ‘native speakers’ (even if we could accurately describe what such a term means - something we are far from being able to do). Teaching students to speak this international language - this lingua franca - is a special task and we need training to help us understand how to do it. Marek Kiczkowiak, with his background and experience, is just the person to provide such training"
- Jeremy Harmer, ELT Writer and Trainer
"Thanks so much for this course! Illuminating and informative and thought-provoking and the beginning of a long and wide discussion"
- Kateřina Keplová, English teacher from the Czech Republic