Nonnative Speaker English Teachers

Research, Pedagogy, and Professional Growth

By George Braine

© 2010 – Routledge

116 pages

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About the Book

According to current estimates, about eighty percent of English teachers worldwide are nonnative speakers of the language. The nonnative speaker movement began a decade ago to counter the discrimination faced by these teachers and to champion their causes. As the first single-authored volume on the topic since the birth of the movement, this book fills the need for a coherent account that:

  • traces the origins and growth of the movement
  • summarizes the research that has been conducted
  • highlights the challenges faced by nonnative speaker teachers
  • promotes NNS teachers’ professional growth.

No discussion of world Englishes or the spread of English internationally is now complete without reference to the NNS movement. This book celebrates its first decade and charts a direction for its growth and development.


"Researchers and educators will find this an essential reference book and an effective vehicle for introducing students to the Nonnative English Speaking Teacher research field." – Brock Brady, American University, USA

"This book will definitely serve as a state-of-the-art resource for researchers in the field. I certainly welcome it." – Masaki Oda, Tamagawa University, Japan

"This is an exciting project. Many teacher training programs will find this book indispensable." – Peter Yongqi Gu, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Table of Contents



1. The Nonnative Speaker Movement

2. The Native Speaker–Nonnative Speaker Divide

3. Research on Self-perceptions of NNS English Teachers

4. Research on Students’ Perceptions of NNS English Teachers

5. An English Teacher from the Outer Circle

6. An English Teacher from the Expanding Circle

7. From Worlds Apart: The Lives of Two English Teachers

8. Extrinsic and Intrinsic Challenges Faced by NNS English Teachers

9. Where does the NNS Movement Go from Here?

10. Professional Development

About the Author

George Braine has taught English as a second/foreign language for more than 40 years.

About the Series

ESL & Applied Linguistics Professional Series

This series provides essential texts on teaching English as a second language and applied linguistics. It includes authored and edited volumes to be used as primary or supplementary texts in graduate-level and teacher training courses to enhance students’ and practicing teachers’ professional qualifications and knowledge. Each text is designed to promote the current and growing body of knowledge in applied linguistics and second language teaching, including advances in teacher education and the study of language.

Specifically, the series includes, but is not limited to, current uses of applied linguistics research in teaching a variety of second language skills, such as reading, writing, speaking and listening; materials and curriculum design; literacy; English for academic purposes; and research methods.

The texts also deal with broad domains of professional preparation related to socio-cultural perspectives and current issues/topics in teaching and learning a second language.

Books in the series benefit not only students, but experienced teachers, curriculum developers, teacher trainers, program administrators, and other second and foreign language professionals seeking to advance and update their knowledge and expertise.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Comparative
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / English as a Second Language
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General