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Who is qualified to teach English? by Amy Thompson

I have been unsuccessfully looking for a job as a Non- Native English Online Teacher for over one year.
The majority of the offers included the limitation to a NATIVE English teacher.
First-rate of the platforms almost found the online position for me, but it turned out they cannot hire me because I don’t have the American’s permanent address.

TEFL Equity Advocates

The answer, of course, is someone who is a competent user of English with specific training in the field of language pedagogy.

Why, then, do we still see job advertisements requesting that the applicants be native speakers of English? Is this a lack of understanding on the part of the employer?

Perhaps.

Is it discrimination against particular demographics?

Most definitely.

Arguably, companies who will only hire native English speakers to fill teaching positions are selling an image to their customers – an image of an “authentic” product in their eyes; the companies promote it, and the customers buy it.  However, the instances of “image over quality” are abundant. Galloway (2014) tells the story of a multilingual Eastern European who was required to take on a fake American identity for her job in Japan.  My bi-racial former MA student was not allowed to take part in a marketing campaign for the…

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