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Filipina English teachers tell of discrimination

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Thanks to Korea Beat and Gusts of Popular Feeling for posting this.

I know that I’ll probably get flamed for this but I’m going to say it anyways.  I totally disagree that Filipinos can teach the same caliber of English as that of someone from one of the E-2 countries.  The reason is that I’ve spoken to several Filipinos (not Filipino-American/Canadian) and either their accent was too thick to the point I couldn’t understand them or they used incorrect grammar/sentence structure or both.

It’s not an issue of race or discrimination.  For example, if I wanted to learn Chinese, I’d much rather learn it from someone who grew up in China (even if they were white!) than from someone who studied it in school for a couple of years.

Marketing of these instructors will not likely shoot up anytime in the near future as I’ve talked about before regardless of how low a hagwon will be able to pay them.  It really irks me when they try to play the race card:

Hagwon instructors are mainly Americans, Australians, and Canadians, but some of them are unqualified, they said. Even so, Koreans not infrequently tend to give preferential treatment to white people and particularly Americans, they said. Hagwon owners were doubtful of them in the beginning and would only hire them if they could speak as fluently as white people.

We should reflect on our tendency to ignore certain countries and think too highly of others.

The writer is implying that more or all Filipinos are more qualified than their counterparts from the U.S., Australia, and Canada?  It is a shame to see any non-Korean face racism in Korea as per the examples given in the post.  However, when it comes to English education, if someone’s native language is not English, then a person from one of the E-2 countries would be MORE QUALIFIED!


Written by recruiterinkorea

March 31, 2010 at 12:23 pm

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  1. That’s not entirely untrue. Didn’t you yourself write a post about how there’s lots of qualified fillipinos willing to work in Korea but Koreans don’t want to hire them?

    There’s also truth to lots of FTs being unqualified. A LOT of them are just here to travel, get hammered, and do nothing else. Not everyone mind you but a pretty decent percentage. Especially recent grads who treat this as a continuation of their frat lives at home. Just the other day I met another foreign teacher that dropped 1 million won, on a night of drinking in Itaewon and missed school the next day.

    Another FT who thought capital and corporal punishment were the same thing.


    April 1, 2010 at 9:06 am

    • The point of my post was the hiring (or lack thereof) of Filipino teachers and the quality of foreign teachers from E-2 countries are two separate issues. If there were a surge in the hiring of Filipino instructors, would they all be ‘qualified’ in the sense that they would ALL be responsible, never drink, and won’t commit crimes? There’s bad apples in every bunch but all things being equal, a person with an E-2 is more qualified than a Filipino instructor to teach English.


      April 1, 2010 at 11:26 am

  2. […] a comment » I’ve discussed this issue before and I’ll say it again, the E-2 visa should not be issued to Filipino, Indian, or any other […]

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