"vast and black. the thing that was poised, like a crow over the moon. round and smooth. cannon balls. things that have fallen from the sky to this earth. our slippery brains. things like cannon balls have fallen, in storms, upon this earth. like cannon balls are things that, in storms, have fallen to this earth. showers of blood. showers of blood. showers of blood. " c.f.
It would also depend on the position. If it was teaching conversation then asking a potential candidate a grammar question wouldn't be justified.
But still a decent interviewer would easily be able to spot those trying to muddle through.
MoE don't really trust employers mate....so it's down to them really (the MoE that is).
I went to the MoE to get my TL with a Swedish chap (fluent in English)! The lady there spoke so so English. So she's like to him 'you're Swedish, why is your English so good?' and he's like (and me as well) 'well in Sweden we use English a lot....blah blah blah' etc. And she's like 'yeah but I have to tell my boss WHY it's good....did you study in England etc.'....and he's like 'no'.....went on for a bit and she kept saying 'but I have to tell my boss WHY!!!'!!!
Now it worked out okay in the end...but this could actually lead to a fluent non-native speaker of English being turned down as they've not lived in an English speaking country or studied there....and yet some bloke that lived in England but possibly never spoke English there being accepted.
CRAZY huh? That's the problem when those in charge....don't have the ability to judge the ability.
Riddle me this brother can you handle it
Your style to my style you can't hold a candle to it
Equinox symmetry and the balance is right
Smokin' and drinkin' on a Tuesday night
It's not how you play the game it's how you win it
I cheat and steal and sin and I'm a cynic
Not colour but race. Thais do have a choice of whom they'll accept, it's a limited choice tho. Africans will do in a pinch, at least they're a novelty. It might seem those they don't want the most are other Asians. Why is that? All I know is when I lived in Latin America I avoided other Gringos like a phat old sweaty German with a teen Thai hooker.
I see what you're saying and yeah I suppose race would be a better one, but as per above....even just skin colour can be a problem!!! I bet if I golliwogged myself up (a la Robert Downey Junior) I'd limit my job options....and I ain't a black person (racially that is.....as obviously I would be black).Not colour but race. Thais do have a choice of whom they'll accept, it's a limited choice tho. Africans will do in a pinch, at least they're a novelty. It might seem those they don't want the most are other Asians. Why is that? All I know is when I lived in Latin America I avoided other Gringos like a phat old sweaty German with a teen Thai hooker.
And also JD...I bet albino err....what do we call them that's not offensive....negroes....wouldn't struggle so much...flat nose, big lips, fuzzy hair....et al!!!
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Then it's looks. Anyone from any race who was good looking might pass? I think that's true.
Same for our choice of girls isn't it?
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At an other school they asked me if i was willing to take the same pay as an Thai teacher who couldnt even make one correct sentence. Just because of my passport.
The only way we often get invited for interviews is when we know someone inside the institute.
In terms of Ireland, Irish is officially the national language but there are only about 50,000 people in the country who speak it constantly on a day to day basis far far less than other European countries like Holland, France, Germany etc. Everyone else in the country is speaking English as their native language just as naturally as an English person.