Prioritising tutors based on native-speaker status isn’t just illegal under EU laws (Article 21 of EU Basic Rights, EU E-0941 23 May 2003); it’s also ill-informed. Your birthplace doesn’t dictate your ability to teach or understand language intricacies. By demanding ‘Native-Speakers only,’ you’re breaking the law and perpetuating a harmful myth.
Being a native speaker doesn’t mean you’re a better teacher. Our CELTA-certified tutors are proficient in idioms and slang, regardless of their native language. We also help you get to grips with various accents for you to choose which one to use, so choosing based on a tutor’s accent is both foolish and illegal.
Lastly, English is spoken in a range of countries and accents. If you’re going to discriminate, where do you draw the line? British over Australian? London over Edinburgh? Upper-class over working-class? Accent discrimination is legally and morally unacceptable.
If you want to sound like you’ve just stepped out of Downton Abbey, we can certainly teach you that. But don’t demand we keep up the act as well—unless, of course, it’s our natural accent.