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    SongYuxiang is offline Junior Member
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    Default "Native English Teacher" or "English Native Teacher"?

    Dear Native English Teachers,

    Is it also correct to say: " English Native Teachers" Does it sound strange to you

    Thanks and regards.

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    Default Re: "Native English Teacher" or "English Native Teacher"?

    They both sound strange, Song, and it's taken me some time to figure out why.

    To me they both mean teachers who are natives of England.

    Now that represents a very small number of teachers throughout the world whose native language is English.

    Perhaps you could call them native English-speaking teachers.

    Rover

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    Default Re: "Native English Teacher" or "English Native Teacher"?

    Of course the first one is what is commonly used, and is meant to mean 'native-English-speaker teacher of English '. And it's at least as good as any other choice.
    I don't think the second one necessarily means a teacher of English.

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    They both sound strange, Song, and it's taken me some time to figure out why.

    To me they both mean teachers who are natives of England. I don't get that impression for the first one. English seems to refer to the language, not the 'country'.

    Now that represents a very small number of teachers throughout the world whose native language is English.

    Perhaps you could call them native English-speaking teachers. That could work as long as it is understood that they are teaching English.

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    Default Re: "Native English Teacher" or "English Native Teacher"?

    Quote Originally Posted by SongYuxiang View Post
    Dear Native English Teachers,

    Is it also correct to say: " English Native Teachers" Does it sound strange to you

    Thanks and regards.
    Yes, it sounds strange.

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