The Importance of Nonnative English Teachers in Costa Rica



Palabras clave:

Costa Rica, English teaching, needs, NESTs, NNESTs, skills, strategies


In Costa Rican society, learning English has become a valuable tool to increase job opportunities, which has caused more hiring of teachers of this language. However, some institutions manifest preferences toward native teachers being perceived as the ideal tutor with a target model for language learning. Unfortunately, this causes nonnative English teachers (NNESTs) to suffer from discrimination when they are compared to native English teachers (NESTs). This paper aims to raise awareness in society to consider teachers´ competences and qualities when choosing an English educator because teaching requires more than having a high level in the use of the language. In this literature review, it will be able to recognize the benefits of learning English from NNESTs. Additionally, the analysis of related research was used to exemplify some reasons to qualify NNESTs as educators with sufficient competencies to teach. The results from the literature review suggest that NNESTs are more aware of the students’ needs and the importance of providing feedback. Being in the same position as most of their learners allows them to previously recognize the difficulties when learning English. Sharing students’ cultural backgrounds permits NNESTs to teach and guide students regarding their functions as individuals in society

Biografía del autor/a

Katherine A. Salazar Jiménez, Universidad Nacional

Senior student. Universidad Nacional, Sede Regional Brunca, Campus Coto. 

Raquel R. Calderón Rodríguez, Universidad Nacional

Senior student. Universidad Nacional, Sede Regional Brunca, Campus Coto. 


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Salazar Jiménez, K. A., & Calderón Rodríguez, R. R. (2023). The Importance of Nonnative English Teachers in Costa Rica. Revista Ensayos Pedagógicos, 18(1), 363-379.



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Salazar Jiménez, K. A., & Calderón Rodríguez, R. R. (2023). The Importance of Nonnative English Teachers in Costa Rica. Revista Ensayos Pedagógicos, 18(1), 363-379.

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