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Women teachers wanted in Asia?

 
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mikara.travel



Joined: 20 Jul 2005
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Location: Japan

PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2005 1:24 am    Post subject: Women teachers wanted in Asia? Reply with quote

Hey!

I'm new to the field, just got my cert. and am now teaching in Asia. Maybe I'm naive, but what is with the high number of Asia job givers asking for only women native speakers? I don't see that in Europe or Latin America, and are those parts of the world any more advanced than Asia?

Mikara Dougaras - Japan
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pauldadd999



Joined: 20 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2005 1:46 am    Post subject: I agree Reply with quote

Sad Being a male teacher, I have seen this discrimination during the two years I was in Korea. What's more, Crying or Very sad I am over 35 and see age discrimination as an even bigger problem.

Paul Dadd
China
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johnson.camel



Joined: 30 Jul 2005
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Location: Oman

PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2005 6:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree. I was in my mid-60's when I began teaching in Korea, and was forced to leave as I could not continue to get quality positions. I was probably only hired in the first place as I fudged my picture on my resume and didnt show my beard
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ruth1966



Joined: 15 Jun 2006
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Location: Asia

PostPosted: Thu Jun 15, 2006 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Two points, just to balance the perspective a little.
Age : It may be more difficult to get a new job in your home country as you age. My friend ( a male by the way) is in his late fifties and got a great uni job in South Korea while I (a younger female) only managed to land the less covetous ( sp?) job of teaching in an academy. ( I was quite happy there however).
Sex : There seems to be a distinct lack of females in this field especially in S.K. Many employers will seek women to balance out the numbers, many employers however will end up being quite satisfied with men despite their preferences.
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sigmoid



Joined: 19 Feb 2006
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Location: Southeast Asia

PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2006 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Women and younger people are often preferred for jobs that involve children which require more babysitting than actual teaching.

Girls schools usually prefer female teachers for obvious reasons.

If you're an older male it may be a good idea to get into the more academic side of education, as the poster above mentions (universities, colleges, high schools, language school admin., test prep, etc.)
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kennedy



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2006 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In most places in Asia, that's a requirement, not discrimination and that's a fact.
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zark



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2006 5:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I suspect that some of the advertising also reflects that fact that in much of Asia - TEFL is a man's occupation. My guess would be that men outnumber women by at least two to one - and in come countries as much as ten to one (Thailand for one example).

And, frankly, most of us guys aren't so interested in that kindy class . . .
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sammy



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2009 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

well to some countries it may be a requirement. but mostly it's a discrimination. this issue has been always a debate for so long now and i truly do not understand why age matters when it comes to teaching. Crying or Very sad
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Magus1



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2009 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The truth is the ratio is 10 to 1 in favor of men, and can you be surprised? Traveling to the other side of the earth, alone, to teach in a foreign land is hardly something anyone would feel perfectly safe doing, for a woman it's quite intimidating.

Now, the reasons why schools keep asking for them, depends on the country, however in a lot of cases, especially with countries like Korea, and China especially, is that they are horny guys who want a foreign female teacher to look at, and possibly do more to. The amount of complaints from the few female teachers who come to China for example, are staggering. many women don't complain because they feel stupid or ashamed. The truth is, Asian oriental men are extremely intrigued about foreign women, and they often hire for that reason alone.

As for balancing things out, I doubt anyone is thinking that when they go to hire a woman, not on such a grand scale. Maybe they feel a she will be more marketable than a he, or maybe they want someone female because they themselves are female. However, most jobs asking for females in the oriental countries are doing so for purely sexualized reasons. Object all you wish, but sadly this is the truth.

Like I said, some of the people doing the hiring are female, this usually has to do with pre schools and kindergartens however, and yes, such jobs are more babysitting than actual teaching.

It's really no wonder women fear coming here, men from countries like korea and China usually hire them because they are foreign women, and just as often try to take advantage, were I a woman, I'd not want to come to China either. No wonder the ratio is 10 to 1.
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sammy



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 7:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Magus1 wrote:
The truth is the ratio is 10 to 1 in favor of men, and can you be surprised? Traveling to the other side of the earth, alone, to teach in a foreign land is hardly something anyone would feel perfectly safe doing, for a woman it's quite intimidating.

Now, the reasons why schools keep asking for them, depends on the country, however in a lot of cases, especially with countries like Korea, and China especially, is that they are horny guys who want a foreign female teacher to look at, and possibly do more to. The amount of complaints from the few female teachers who come to China for example, are staggering. many women don't complain because they feel stupid or ashamed. The truth is, Asian oriental men are extremely intrigued about foreign women, and they often hire for that reason alone.

As for balancing things out, I doubt anyone is thinking that when they go to hire a woman, not on such a grand scale. Maybe they feel a she will be more marketable than a he, or maybe they want someone female because they themselves are female. However, most jobs asking for females in the oriental countries are doing so for purely sexualized reasons. Object all you wish, but sadly this is the truth.

Like I said, some of the people doing the hiring are female, this usually has to do with pre schools and kindergartens however, and yes, such jobs are more babysitting than actual teaching.

It's really no wonder women fear coming here, men from countries like korea and China usually hire them because they are foreign women, and just as often try to take advantage, were I a woman, I'd not want to come to China either. No wonder the ratio is 10 to 1.


Well, you have got a point, but maybe there is this reason behind another reason. Because, as we all know women are more trusting than men.
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MeenBauChewYan



Joined: 22 Mar 2010
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 6:06 am    Post subject: Poster Child Reply with quote

This school is looking for the blonde blue-eyed woman so that they can take a photo of you and put it on their website.

Unfortunately many places in Asia are still a little backwards when it comes to understanding of westerners. Some people think that all Westerners are blonde, blue-eyed.

If you look for positions in the bigger cities, they tend to be a little more open minded, however, bigger cities also require higher qualifications for teachers.
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JamesAtRealize



Joined: 09 Sep 2010
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2010 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As an employer myself, if I had to chose based solely on how many students would keep coming, and how many would be attracted to coming to my school, then hands-down I'd pick the woman teacher.

For a variety of reasons too.
The market here is flooded with male teachers, many female students are a little intimidated by that at first.
Veteran students who just want conversation practice don't really care who they're talking to so long as that person has a native accent and decent elocution. Given those simple requirements, they'll chose a woman over a man more often than not.
Women in all cultures are stereotyped (in a good way) as being more attentive to detail, and being better educators.
And a female employee is less likely to sexually harass a student or get in trouble from gray-area topics.
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TutorVanessa



Joined: 09 Jun 2011
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kennedy wrote:
In most places in Asia, that's a requirement, not discrimination and that's a fact.


It may be a requirement, but its still deemed discriminatory.

The parents may have a preference in having their children taught by women.

Could be the culture as well.
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lipofootoo



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2011 2:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sex discrimination is common in Asia. Usually they prefer females, but sometimes I have seen it for males too.
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