Skin color does matter in Thailand
Sent in by Sano
I do agree that a language should be taught by a native speaker but it is also important to look at the person's qualifications.
NES or Non-NES?
Sent in by Keith
I've heard that the Ministry of Lack of Education in Thailand is now demanding that South Africans and wait for it, Irish nationals have to sit a TOEIC examination.
When is an NES not an NES?
Sent in by Jason
I have heard that South Africans are not NES now, and they have to take an English proficiency test if they wish to teach. How does the Ministry of Education define an NES?
There are always terrible teachers out there
Sent in by Lucie
I have to say that there are loads of native speakers out there who have no idea how to grade their language to an appropriate level for their students. There are even plenty of qualified teachers who may have been great at teaching, say, biology, in their home country, but cannot accept that to teach it to non native speakers, they have to change their methods and the way they introduce both concepts and vocabulary.
The death of General English
And if it isn't dead, it damn well should be
Students study English with local teachers or native English speakers (NES), or both, but what they're ultimately looking at is a textbook, many of which were never published with Asian markets in mind.
Max Weber 101
Sent in by Chris
In times where the majority of Western teachers were monocultural and monolingual – able to speak but English, and unfamiliar with other cultures in all but the most shallow of senses – native languages were thought to have no place in the second language classroom.
Asian features seal my fate (part two)
Sent in by Multi racial American
The example of being discriminated at Hooters for not being a sexy young female is not equitable with my discrimination here. That is the restaurant industry in America and this is education
You give customers what they want - it’s a business
Sent in by Joe Hoeson
I would like to say that my original letter was regarding whether or not it's okay to put 'native speakers only' need apply. Now, whether or not native speaker is used to mean we do not want black or Asian teachers is another story.
Asian features seal my fate
Sent in by Multi racial American
Schools can technically hire whoever they want. If they want white faces, there is nothing that can be done about it.
Let’s not kid ourselves
Sent in by Anonymous
The bottom line is that Thailand does not adhere to non-discriminatory hiring practices: height, age, attractiveness, overall appearance, and especially skin tone are typically and explicitly considered for any job that requires working with the public
American (female, 59 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (4), Diploma (1)
South African (female, 34 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Diploma (3), Certificate (2)
Filipino (female, 42 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (2), BSc (1)
American (male, 55 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Diploma (2), Certificate (1)
British (male, 56 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Diploma (1), BSc (1), Certificate (1)
Russian (male, 24 years old, native Russian speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Filipino (male, 36 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
American (male, 30 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Burmese (male, 32 years old, native Burmese speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Filipino (male, 27 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
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