There is this famous line from the movie “The Usual Suspects” where Kevin Spacey's character says:
The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist.
I say: The greatest trick I don’t know who ever pulled was convincing the world that native speakers are the best teachers.
Native vs Non-native language teachers…which are better?
It’s a topic I feel quite passionate about.
It’s a very unique skill that native speakers have. We all know our native tongue, but we didn’t really learn it, we didn’t really study it.
We have the skill but we didn’t learn it. We don’t know what it’s like to learn it, yet we have it. It’s a very unique skill that we all possess.
So what is the point that I’m trying to make here? My point is that:
Generally speaking, teaching something presupposes having learnt that thing. Can you teach something if you haven’t studied it?