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Non-native speaker (Asian) not welcomed

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  • phikli
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    26 January, 2011 at 11:19
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    Hi,

    Am considering teaching English as a second language in other countries other than my own but I understand that it’s not possible if you’re Asian – especially in China, Korea, Japan and Taiwan, Europe.

    Now I’ve heard that the Middle East would not take in Asian English Teachers as well. Is this true?

    From what I’ve heard, TESOL teachers are only hired in other countries if they are Caucasian (white) – e.g American/Brit/Australian/Canadian.

    Any genuine feedback would be appreciated. Thanks.

    phikli
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    26 January, 2011 at 14:53
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    Oh god.

    I just read some experiences from non native speakers from all over with their attempts at getting a job with teaching English. Not. good. at. all.

    China, Korea, Japan and these other countries has to be one of the most racist countries on the face of this earth.

    I personally know of an Australian lady who works as an English teacher here in Malaysia and she herself told me that her colleagues who are locals who are having the exact same job scope and workload as her gets paid lower than her because they are not ‘white’.

    Meg ann
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    19 July, 2012 at 10:19
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    Reply To: Non-native speaker (Asian) not welcomed

    Hi phikli

    I am in my second year of teaching ESL in China. I began my first job in Guangzhou, and now I teach in Qingdao I can agree with some of the comments here. As a non native English teacher you would probalby be able to find a job at least in the private schools as a CT (Chinese teacher). This would apply to any Asian’s really.

    Even if you are a native english speaker, and the school is seeking just that, you do need to send in a picture of yourself along with your resume. Where you are from, your age, the colour of your skin, how attractive you are, and your sex are all factors working for or agaisnt you in China.

    I’ve seen some of my cowerkers be insulted to tears because of their "chinese accent" when they scpeek English. I feel that a lot of the Asian staff memebers do not get the respect that they deserve.

    Also, the "native English" teachers make double or more money than the Chinese teachers do. These are all things that you should be aware of if you decide to teach in China.

    Although all of this is very true and may be hard to accept, I think that you should still get out there are see the world. Dont let these things stop you. There is still a lot to see. I feel that every place on this earth has it’s own issues.

    All the best.

    kathym
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    11 September, 2012 at 16:57
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    Reply To: Non-native speaker (Asian) not welcomed

    I can only speak of Morocco. Here, it is very difficult for non-native speakers of any nationality to be hired legally. The Moroccan government requires that any foreigner prove he/she is more qualified for a position than a Moroccan citizen. For English teaching, being a native speaker is the best way to prove qualifications. In addition, even native speakers must have at least a BA and must have a TEFL qualification. This is not due to racism, but to the very high level of unemployment among Moroccan university graduates.

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