My last post drew some great responses which got onto what I wanted to put in this one so I’ll try not to repeat.
I’ve been interested in the idea of a change of ownership of English for a while, ever since hearing David Crystal talk about it on the BBC a loooong time ago. He said that as the number of non-native English speakers grew they would eventually surpass us natives. I also remember hearing about the ‘end of EFL’ as when non-natives have all been brought up with English they would no longer need EFL classes. 2020 may have been the date stated for the peak of EFL ( I could be wrong, probably am).
Well, from attending interviews for various jobs this year, I can say that my competition has grown. Yes, before I was competing with local French Anglophones but now I find myself sitting next to Spanish speakers, Greeks, Slovakians and Poles, all with fantastic English. Not to mention the traditional bilinguals such as the Dutch who have better English than me and play better football.
One of my English teaching friends is Catalan and he teaches English, Spanish and French. For an employer he is a dream employee as he saves them hiring 2 other people and his level is CPE+, he’s even doing the DELTA.
So, what does this mean then? Well, we native speakers may be in for a tougher time and need more than just the CELTA to prove we can teach. We may also need to be bilingual or trilingual. Here in France, people still expect English lessons in French a lot of the time. And if this is the peak of EFL then what next? When kids start English at 5 years old when they get to 20 they won’t need Pre-int classes. Yes, they may require CAE as proof they have the level but they may not even need prepping. I once has a Swedish kid who prepared it on his own and got a B.