The Association of British Columbia Teachers of English as an Additional Language (BC TEAL) Position Statement Against Discrimination on the Grounds of Nationality, Ethnicity or Linguistic Heritage (2014)
So, here is what’s really going on in EBP educator recruitment in Korea.
When you see majority of EBP job postings, they commonly divide potential EBP instructors by visa status (which essentially boils down to inequal employment, in my opinion).
Here it is, more detailed layout of visa types in Korea.
Based on visa status category, such favoritism goes in the order from the left to the right below:
Priority: F6/F5/F2 (here, sub-division is made between caucasians and the rest ethnical instructors)
Second priority: E2 (Most Non-Korean English educators hold this visa, and again, here, there is a sub-division based on racial background) / D10 (in between of job searching status of Non-Koreans)
Third priority: F4
Last: Korean Nationals (like myself)
Racially speaking, always Caucasians get the priority.
Gender wise, always Females in favor over Males.
So, simply put, without an effort, in Korean EBP world, if you are a Caucasian Female, you’ve got the first ticket at all times, instead of looking at one’s qualification as the starting point.
Here, I am not saying hiring a caucasian female instructor is wrong. What i am saying is there is inequality in hiring process where one gets prioritized over another (the rest) candidate(s). This is what’s WRONG.
In conclusion, current employment of EBP instructors in Korea contains racism, sexism, and discrimination, and many more.
Time to educate all stake holders–recruiting agencies, client HRs, and target learners!
This blog is open and dedicated to TES/FL Equity in Korea! The purpose of this blog is to increase awareness regarding discrimination against non-native English educators in Korea. This blog was essentially inspired by Marek Kiczkowiak (www.teflequityadvocates.com), who is an active advocate on this issue globally.
Both English & Korean language use are welcome!
Also, this blog is not limited to non-native English educators but also for natives of English who have any experience working in Korean English education field!
I would like to welcome anyone with their own stories to share, any commitment, or any suggestions that eventually will lead to taking an action, one day!