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Imagine introducing a language point in class, or getting learners to read a dialogue in pairs or even a part of a lesson where you are working on word stress with your class… these are all familiar scenarios that can happen face to face or live online. And, in each one, you and/or learners are, in a sense, performers, using storytelling, role-play and voice exercises, with the classroom acting as your rehearsal space.
Whilst it might be going too far to describe the prevailing attitude towards those of us who have English as our mother tongue as ‘native speaker bashing’, we do regularly come in for a fair amount of criticism from various quarters. So, how is the poor language student to cope? Some of our contributors offer helpful suggestions.