Who teaches best - native speakers or non-native teachers?

Linguist David Graddol stoked the debate again surrounding whether it is better to learn a language with a native speaker of that language or a compatriot who speaks the same tongue.

What are the advantages of learning with a native speaker?

What are the pluses of learning with a non-native teacher who speaks your language?

Is a teacher's nationality or lingusitic heritage really all that important?

Aren't there other factors that make a bigger difference in how and what you learn in a foreign language?

The discussion has officially kicked off.


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