Saturday, 29 October 2016

Native English Teachers vs Non-native English Teachers

Non-native and native English teachers are a part of our education department. Non-native and native English teachers have their own ability, their ability has a same good quality. Unfortunately, many people think that the only one that has a good quality is a native English teachers. Our non-native English teachers only have a limit space to teach in their own country. What I mean by “limit space” is that in our country the non-native English teachers have to face the reality that many parents want their children only being taught by a native English teachers. Parents think that non-native English teachers are not so good for their children, they afraid if their children being taught by the wrong person because of many cases that happened in Indonesia especially criminal cases that Indonesian teachers have done in some schools like what happened in Jakarta International School two years ago. Fortunately, not all the teachers in Indonesia like that. Teachers in Indonesia especially non-native English teachers have their own ability to understand their students more than other people.

Non-native English teacher also has a good quality. Many parents think that non-native English teacher is not as good as native English teachers because they are incompetent (Nelly Martin, 2011). On the other hand, non-native English teachers know their students well. What I mean by knowing their students well is the teacher and the students have the same culture because they live in the same country, Indonesia. Therefore, the teacher can treat the students in the right culture and the teacher knows what they mean and what they want. By this natural behaviour, the students may feel comfortable and enjoy to learn English with their teacher.

Not all the students understand what the native English teacher means. We all know that since we were born, we spoke in Bahasa Indonesia. Because of the culture that the students had since they were a little, they may face many differences in the way the native English teacher taught them. Besides that, the non-native English teacher can solve this kind of problem. Non-native English teacher already knows what Indonesian students’ habit and how they learn (Prem, 2011). It seems like non-native English teachers can handle their students well. They can talk or share what they need to their English teacher. Their English teachers can know more and learn from what their students have shared with them. From what the students have shared with their non-native English teacher, they both can learn and know more about what their problems are, and maybe they can solve it in a right way.

Native English teachers’ salary might be expensive. Native English teachers may have a better level of teaching than non-native English teacher but in average their, “good level” is a same. Unfortunately, what parents want is the highest level of native English teachers. There’s a lot of non-native English teachers with a less salary than native English teachers. With their small salary, they also have a high level of teaching like native English teachers (Gene Netto, 2011). They can be an expert in their own way, they can do the best to teach the students and the students can understand well what their non-native English teachers are saying. Other words, non-native English teachers know well their Indonesian students than native English teachers.

Native English teachers and non-native English teachers are at the same level. They have their own ability. The very good ability that can be improved every time and everywhere. By teaching many kinds of students, teachers’ natural behaviour can increase easily. Teachers are teachers. Native English teachers or non-native English teachers are the same; they are good in everything to make their students become a brilliant people.

Prem. (2011, November 12). Letter: NTs vs NNTs. The Jakarta Post. Retrieved September 29, 2016, from

Netto, G. (2011, November 12). Letter: Government policy on English NTs. The Jakarta Post. Retrieved September 29, 2016, from

M, Nelly (2011, October 29). Non-native vs native English teachers. The Jakarta Post. Retrieved September 29, 2016, from


  1. Angel, just write the last name (Prem, 2011)/ (Netto, 2011)
    Thanks for the revision! Work harder to improve the grammar :-) I know you can do it!

  2. Its a good artikel Angel, its looks like you think of our fate as a teacher later :'D

  3. Angel, I like your opinion editorial. I agree that non native teacher or native teacher are the same level.