Non-native English teachers to be welcomed soon?
Here’s a news article from Korea Times. Hopefully, South Korea will soon open its doors to qualified English teachers from the Philippines. I’ve been reading some comments (mostly from native teachers) on the net demeaning the non-native English teachers. While most Filipino English teachers I had in the past didn’t have the standard American accent that Koreans like, I wouldn’t say that they were bad or didn’t know what they were teaching. My high school english teachers in Sta. Catalina College (Mrs. Bello and Mrs. Alice Reyes, the wife of director Tony Reyes) were the best I’d had. How I wish I’d pay more attention to their lessons and attended my classes diligently.
There are lots of English language schools in the Philippines. During the summer and winter vacations, thousands of Korean students travel to the country to study and immerse themselves in English. My husband’s niece who traveled to the country for a week October of last year really enjoyed her stay. When she came back to Korea, she had more confidence speaking in English. Back in Korea, she hated her English classes and often call me to complain.
I really hope that the Korean government would open their doors to highly qualified Filipino English teachers. It’s about time!
Seoul’s top educator said he will take diverse steps to upgrade English classes at schools. Kong Jeong-taek, superintendent of Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education (SMOE), said primary and secondary schools in Seoul will have at least an assistant teacher specialized in helping students improve English communication in two or three years.
Under the plan, the top educator will invite more foreign teachers, not only native English speakers but also foreigners who are skilled in the use of English.