If students can learn who is the better teacher, why can’t employers?


Bias against non-native teachers has no justification, says Michael Fields
Friday June 24, 2005
Guardian Weekly

Local teachers should not be discriminated against because of their ethnicity. Local and native-speaker teachers should be seen as equals, and hiring should be based on qualifications. Every teacher has his own style and strengths, and the natural advantages of local teachers, such as their ability to speak the language of the students fluently, shouldn’t be dismissed as less important than having a teacher with a native accent. Hiring should be based on informed policy. Local teachers are getting a lot less than they deserve, and students are missing opportunities for a better education.

Full text at: http://education.guardian.co.uk/tefl/comment/story/0,15090,1513004,00.html


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