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Thread: Is Your Uni / School Hiring Filipino ESL Teachers?

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    Is Your Uni / School Hiring Filipino ESL Teachers?

    I no longer teach in Thailand, having left last January. I get the impression that since then a lot of schools and universities have turned to hiring filipino teachers.

    There have been rumours of it hapening for quite a while at the private university I used to teach at.

    I'm not thinking primarily of private language schools here, though please feel free to comment if that's where you work.

    I'm not really starting this thread as a 'Filipino Teachers - good or bad?' thing, I'm just curious to know what the situation is.

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    Re: Is Your Uni / School Hiring Filipino ESL Teachers?

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    Is Your Uni / School Hiring Filipino ESL Teachers?
    No. They won't either.

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    Re: Is Your Uni / School Hiring Filipino ESL Teachers?

    Yes as well as other asian nationalities ...And may I say they are doing a bloody great job.

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    Re: Is Your Uni / School Hiring Filipino ESL Teachers?

    We have four Philippine and three White men. I'm gone at the end of the month and will most likely be replaced with a Philippine. They do just fine.

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    Re: Is Your Uni / School Hiring Filipino ESL Teachers?

    Almost every government secondary and primary school in my area now employs mostly non-native speakers.
    the majority happen to be filipino.


    their salaries range from 10-27 K per month
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    Re: Is Your Uni / School Hiring Filipino ESL Teachers?

    A slight aside...

    It seems many people are beating this drum. And arguments are given that (a) they are cheaper (b) they do a good job and (c) they are more raedily available.

    All three are valid factors and may point to more use of non-native speakers.

    But no-one seems to have picked up on a very strong point against their use. It is a tragic reflection on the state of the Thai education system. A sad reflection I would have authorities would have wished to avoid...

    You can justify using a native speaker quite easily...they possess a natural language proficiency.

    But what is the justification for employing a non-native speaker? There is only one. They are better than Thai teachers of English...

    As I said, a sad reflection of inferiority against a fellow ASEAN nation, which is against Thai nature to acknowledge...
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    Re: Is Your Uni / School Hiring Filipino ESL Teachers?

    Very good point torbek

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    Re: Is Your Uni / School Hiring Filipino ESL Teachers?

    Indeed a good point.

    We must remember too Thais don't bother going into business unless they can turn 300% profit. At the level of the average Thai student's English.. and motovation, I don't believe it matters much who's teaching them.

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    Re: Is Your Uni / School Hiring Filipino ESL Teachers?

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    Re: Is Your Uni / School Hiring Filipino ESL Teachers?

    Amazing what a few weeks away from the booze can do

    Come back to Bangers Torbek, you're making us think too much.

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    Re: Is Your Uni / School Hiring Filipino ESL Teachers?

    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly
    your all being PC - phillipino teachers are complete shite!
    I have met a few who were okay as far as methodology, being prepared and whatnot is concerned. None of them were teaching English. The students couldn't understand them their English was so poor.

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    Re: Is Your Uni / School Hiring Filipino ESL Teachers?

    I don't know of a single Filipino working in a Songkhla school. Our school won't even consider them.
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    Re: Is Your Uni / School Hiring Filipino ESL Teachers?

    If your hire a Phillipino to teach speaking/pronunciation, etc. it indicates to me that you don't really care much about the quality of spoken English, which is completly undermining the whole idea and is quite tragic.

    I've met a few around here and their English was about on the same level as some English department Thai teachers.

    Sorry, can't comment on trends.

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    Re: Is Your Uni / School Hiring Filipino ESL Teachers?

    My school runs two programs.
    One is a bilingual program staffed by almost exclusively native speakers. There are a few mainland Europeans but there English is of a high standard. Philippino teachers are sometimes used in the program when the school is understaffed or for relief.
    The second program is a mini bilingual program with fewer subjects and classes in English. This is staffed entirely with Philippino teachers.
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    Re: Is Your Uni / School Hiring Filipino ESL Teachers?

    Whiteys out - Flips in = good, or bad?

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