I agree to what ever is mentioned above, native English speakers can definately speak good english but all can not be a teacher. There are many candidates who are from different country but they can speak and teach english. so cant they be given a chance to have a new experience of teaching english as second language?
By Tripti, chiang mai on 2012-08-01
Whatever is said about any non-native speakers, the problem lies with the Thai Education Ministry. We as native speakers know very few non-native speakers can match our standards of speaking or writing. This is where the problems start to show, native speakers are expensive, Filipinos are cheap and not very good. But remember you only get what you pay for. As they say the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Now Thailand’s chickens are coming home to roost. The corruption element is too far ingrained into the schools, agencies having to pay sweeteners to the school directors to get the contracts. The pay for native speakers has gone down, just not worth doing the job for the level of pay offered.
Personally I earn a very good salary, but I have to work 7 days for this. No longer worth staying. As I have said I am going back to England in a few short weeks, and the sooner my leaving date comes the better.
The real crux of the matter is stop Thai teachers teaching English, they are very poor at it, much worse than Filipinos, given a choice between between Thais and Filipinos, Filipinos every time as they are far better than Thai teachers.
By Steve, Bangkok on 2012-07-30
I send my kids to a private school.
I expect native English speaking teachers.
And that’s the end of it.
By Jack Dean, Bangkok on 2012-07-30
Sorry, but if you’re not a native speaker (a) you will almost definitely not have a neutral accent and (b) it is impossible for you to have a vocabulary that far exceeds a NES unless you have worked in a NES country for a long period of time where you had to use English as part of your daily job AND had a NES partner, ANDd didn’t live in a ghetto.
By Geoff, Up Norf on 2012-07-30
Just like in England, employers take staff on from other countries at a very cheap rate. I believe this to be wrong, but when it comes to English, you want your students to learn the correct way and the only way is by native English speakers.
By Wendy Livesey, Blackpool on 2012-07-29