Discrimination in ELT

It’s no secret that the ELT industry has a discrimination problem. Apparently it’s really bad in Korea, especially if you are black. In Vietnam, you will be discriminated against if you are vietnamese (regardless of your qualifications). I sent this joker my CV and I talked to him on the phone so he clearly knows I have a CELTA and have a native accent.


There is a small movement within the industry to fix discrimination: see
http://blog.britishcouncil.org/2014/07/18/is-it-always-preferable-to-employ-native-english-speaking-teachers/ and http://teflequityadvocates.com/ , but their cries will probably fall on deaf ears. The people in power (e.g. Cambridge and British Council) need to walk the talk. Let’s see some more people of color in english textbooks and let’s see some accents aside from British and American in the recordings. Then maybe attitudes will start changing.


2 thoughts on “Discrimination in ELT

  1. Hi,
    Thanks for sharing my posts and the website.
    I am a bit more hopeful than you are. Some key figures in ELT, such as Jeremy Harmer, Scott Thornbury, and associations like the British Council have already officially expressed their support for the TEFL Equity Advocates campaign. The process no doubt will be slow, but I think things are bound to change. The sheer numbers are on our side.
    If you’re interested in writing a post for the website (e.g. about your experience looking for jobs, or the situation of NNESTs in Vietnam), please do let me know. You can get in touch through the Contact section on the website.
    Cheers and good luck!

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