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"The Draft Code of Ethics for EFL/ESL/TESOL foreign language/second language teachers will be placed on-line in draft form for 6 months - during which time we invite you to send us your thoughts and any suggested changes you believe will enhance the Code."
A Guardian article on the code,
"Ethical guidelines released for English language teachers"
I think there was a thread about this before posted by Jon???
Have a little looksee!
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Where's the draft code to stop schools ignoring contracts, that makes them honour promises, and promises to treat their staff fairly???
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One has to wonder who is funding this venture?
One has to wonder why anyone bothers to put this sort of dross link onto the forum....yawn............
Indeed! It seems like it's only teachers have to be upstanding and the schools will follow?! What utopia is this?Where's the draft code to stop schools ignoring contracts, that makes them honour promises, and promises to treat their staff fairly???
One has to wonder who is funding this venture?One has to wonder who is going to enforce this code of ethics in a 'profession' that is rife with abuse and mismanagement.One has to wonder why anyone bothers to put this sort of dross link onto the forum....yawn............
Sorry but...what moron put this together?The Tesol law draft puts an onus on teachers to give "foremost consideration" to the wellbeing of students, act with justice and fairness and "exercise authority in accordance with the law of the land".
Uh...perhaps they should concentrate on crushing the CORRPUT practices in Asian countries that allow these things to happen first.The publication of the guidelines follows a year in which the ELT industry has come under close scrutiny following the high-profile arrests and deportations of teachers in South Korea, who were found to be working illegally. The Korean government is keen to promote English language learning in its schools and seems increasingly anxious to rout out the thousands of teachers working in the country on tourist visas and without the required qualifications.
I think many TEFL teachers would love for there to be a universal code of ethics that teachers AND employers must abide by, but what about the HIGHLY unethical businesses and schools. So basically teachers need to be well-behaved and law-abiding, but the schools still have free lisence to do whatever they damn well please.
Yet...many schools in Thailand (for example) DO NOT abide by the laws of the land (labour and otherwise). Students are seen as ways of making money and their academic progress is the last thing on a school's mind.The foreign language/second language teacher shall exercise authority in accordance with the law of the land and with evolving concepts of the students' needs and rights.
This code of ethics is just lip service, a way of making TEFL look like the professional industry that it isn't in order to keep TEFL companies in business in places like Korea.
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