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Just wondering if anyone has any heads up what's happening ? I saw an announcement from the Minister about bringing in Filippino's teachers , what's happening to Western contracts ? 

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The answer is nothing. 10,000 foreign teachers will be hired directly by the Ministry of Education. The process is under way now. 

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A lot of Philipinos here in Japan too. They most often are working in elementary schools as Assistant Language Teachers. Reason one being they work cheaper than native speakers. Reason two is they are often frankly better with kids than some of the crusty old geriatrics that are here. Standard pay for a month is around 250,000 yen ( 75,000 baht?) but the Phils will do the job for 60,000 baht.

 

Above that level, there are fewer and fewer. My university has one Philipino adjunct lecturer, but she has an MEd from Canada and is functionally bilingual.  Just a trace of an accent when she gets excited or nervous. 

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Perhaps for the sake of good business non- native speakers will become the new norm as Thai English has evolved over the decades. The priority will be on successful communicaton, rather than native English speaking emulation. In spoken English, pronunciation and syntax are becoming less of a priority, for example, the head of WHO. Should Princeton University have terminated Albert Einstein or recommended accent reduction courses as a requirement for retaining employment?

 

The pandemic has forced governments and businesses to consider new business models. In these trying times, the bottom line will often take precedence over  ideals and current standards.

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Accent is not everything and it should not be the gauge used to measure success.

Singaporeans speak with a rather distinct accent but one has to respect their success over other countries in SE Asia.

I have personally met a number of NES who can't spell words correctly. 

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6 minutes ago, sensei said:

Accent is not everything and it should not be the gauge used to measure success.

Spoken English is entirely different classification from composition or comprehension. 

Only way to acquire formal comprehension and composition is through college level class from English PhD. 

English composition is more of learning logical thinking and presentation skill because of typical English language structure. 

The capability of Philippine teachers will be significantly limited to simple spoken English. 

Not only their Tagalog style accent.    

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2 hours ago, jingjai9 said:

In these trying times, the bottom line will often take precedence over  ideals and current standards.

The bottom line was always the main consideration. The better schools don't hire native English speakers due to ideals but because that's what parents want to have. Strictly business - it is one of the clear expectations of the customers.

 

As for the reasons, accent or pronunciation are just a few. Non native English speaker will generally have a limited vocabulary in comparison to a well educated native English teacher. There will be a difference in richness of language, using idioms for example will not come naturally for them. Even their understanding of right and wrong grammar will not be instinctive but programmed.

Specifically with Philippine teachers (and other Asians, as mentioned above), their overall approach to teaching will be different. For example, less encouragement of independent thinking vs. more memorizing and indoctrination, less freedom in class to ask questions.

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Yes, absolutely it's not all about language but culture, mindset, way of relating. So, since the US of A is gradually turned into a Trumpland dynasty we will have to teach students the tremendous, never been anything like it before way of talking, 'reasoning', relating 

Ditto for Borisland. 

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