While the ability to teach English overseas has encouraged an explosive industry in the wake of internet advancements such as Skype, Zoom and other virtual conference apps, the way has long been paved by influential individuals who innovated the educational field of Teaching English as a Foreign Language.
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Avram Noam Chomsky (born December 7, 1928) is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian,[b][c] social critic, and political activist. Sometimes called "the father of modern linguistics", Chomsky is also a major figure in analytic philosophy and one of the founders of the field of cognitive science. He holds a joint appointment as Institute Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Laureate Professor at the University of Arizona, and is the author of more than 100 books on topics such as linguistics, war, politics, and mass media. Ideologically, he aligns with anarcho-syndicalism and libertarian socialism.
Oliver Stone (writer/director of Scarface) - Taught English for six moths at the Free Pacific Institute in South Vietnam.
Many of Stone's films focus on controversial American political issues during the late 20th century, and as such were considered contentious at the times of their releases. They often combine different camera and film formats within a single scene.
Nick Hornby (author of High Fidelity) - Taught TEFL in London
What did you think of their works and curriculum? Who inspired YOU the most in the TEFL world? Is someone missing from this list? Send us your suggestions for a spotlight at firstname.lastname@example.org