The Non-Native English Speaking Teachers Caucus (NNEST) is an enthusiastic group of TESOL professionals who work with ELLs and teachers in various settings. We share a common vision of diversity, equity and professionalism in TESOL, both as an activity and a profession. We are committed to advocacy and research concerning NNESTs and matters related to identity, pedagogy, and fairness in English language teaching.
Step 1 – Join WATESOL
Step 2 – Select “I would like to be a member of the NNEST Caucus” during registration
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TESOL Inc. established its Non-Native English Speaking Teachers (NNEST) Caucus back in 1998, to help fight discrimination against NNESTs and to help educate TESOL professionals, administrators, and employers to the genuine benefits that NNESTs bring to English Language Teaching. Since that time the NNEST Caucus has proved a bona fide success with almost 1,200 members, with several anthologies on NNEST issues in print or in press, with over 40 presentation titles at the Long Beach TESOL Convention where the acronym “NNEST” appeared in the title.
Still, many people locally are not familiar with the basic issues or research concerning non-native English speaking teachers, and employment discrimination is an issue that arises regularly. This being the case, in Fall 2004 the WATESOL Board authorized the creation of an NNEST Caucus.
The WATESOL NNEST Caucus was established to...
NNEST Caucus' goals are the following
Together with CATESOL NNLEI our Caucus is the only NNEST entity that functions as part of a local TESOL affiliate. CATESOL (California TESOL) has had Non-Native Language Educators' Issues Interest Group since 1992.
To distinguish between a SIG and a Caucus, Karen Taylor made a very good argument about this during the annual 2004 TESOL NNEST Caucus Business Meeting at the Long Beach Convention: SIGs tend to be about where you teach, Caucuses tend to be about who you are (or whom you choose to advocate for).