[quote=“tinman”]No one doubts that there are Asians who speak English as well as any Caucasian. After all, language acquisition is not genetic. But do you deny that there are large numbers of Overseas Chinese who have the passports of English-speaking nations who have poor English skills?
You seem to have missed my point about parents, employers, and Chinese teachers. It is widely believed that this bias is the result of ignorance. It is not. It is the better speaking students of English, the parents who speak English, Chinese-English teachers themselves who promote the idea that ‘native speaker’ teachers are necessary. And they do this because they are aware that large numbers of Chinese teachers, overseas or local, are not the ‘real deal’.
Besides, as frustrating as it may seem in the beginning, there are many successful Overseas Chinese teachers of English in Taiwan. It’s all a matter of being able to demonstrate a high level of teaching ability[/quote]
Yes! but this is a huge oversimplification.
That’s great it someone will let you get into the classroom to demonstrate.
My GF gets offered $350 - 400 NT BECAUSE SHE IS ASIAN. I get offered $600 + BECAUSE I AM WHITE.
I get to do the demo and she doesn’t.
Her current boss is American. He can hear her Englsih ability. he has no problem of employing her as a foreign teacher.
My boss who is married to an American and speaks close to native speaker fluency, can hear my GF’s fluency and she wants to employ her.
But when she is interviewed by a Chinese person (who I am guessing cannot really tell the quality of her English she doesn’t get the job.
The only reason is the Asian face.