Being Mistaken for a Native Speaker… Mission Accomplished?

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by Laura Polanco

As foreign language teachers, we are aware of how big the “native speaker” controversy has become and somehow, we, consciously and unconsciously, reflect this in our teaching practice. But, what does “native speaker” even mean? What qualifies a person as a native speaker of a target language? Clearly, there are several definitions and positions over this matter but I agree with Professor Anita Lewicka’s interpretation of the TEFL Equity Advocates and Academy in which:

“If you happen to be a native speaker of a given target language, you were most probably born . . .

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