In response to Jason's letter; when is an NES not an NES? (Postbox 21st November) 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. In my opinion this is just another way for the TCT to extract money from us foreign teachers here. I was also led to believe that those who qualify as 'native English speakers' are from: UK, USA, Canada, South Africa, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. With regards to the teacher who wasn't born in any of the aforementioned countries - they are not a native English speaker, and therefore they are teaching under false pretenses. Jason, if I may give you a piece of advice - do the test. Believe me you'll pass it easily. A colleague of mine from the Philippines just sat it last week and he got a score of 750.