英語教學界的…種族歧視

今天心情仍舊相當好,因為昨天去Dr. Sripan那兒取回第一次的研究方法作業,聽其他同學說第一次的作業都不好拿分,Sripan也說大部份的人都只得C-credit而已.我居然拿到D-distinction呢!!好高興!其實在寫這份作業時就很順,大概是主題剛好和我的想法和興趣接近吧!
所以打算放鬆一下,寫寫BLOG,好久沒寫了,因為又開始忙第二份ESSAY.
這篇文章是在Tapei Times上看到的.也證實我長久以來的觀察.英語教學一直是很熱的課題,但是台灣似乎過度著重在語言的訓練而忽略文化方面的教育.我也自知被西化了一定的程度,但是看到媒體上一些人士對英語教育的膚淺觀點,仍然有些心驚.尤其是台灣過度依賴美式的文化,長久以來內化的結果,我們會不會最後都以美國人(=白種/男性)的觀點看這個世界?
English teaching by Westerners is obviously in high demand, which is why many North Americans are able to find lucrative contracts here and make a contribution to the enhancement of the educational infrastructure. It is totally surprising and reprehensible to think, however that many cram schools and other organizations in Taiwan still practice and endorse racial segregation when hiring Westerners for English-teaching jobs.
 
不知道這篇文章作者的背景為何,但我相信他所言為真.曾經看過許多ABC背景的亞裔英語教師薪水就是比不上所謂的白人(這真的是非常膚淺的種族分類標籤),而本文作者提到的台灣雇主在看到應徵者為非洲裔的native speaker時,馬上改口說人已補滿了.現在回想一下是不是連國小英語課本裏的人物也顯少非洲裔特徵?嗯..不太確定…但是我開始對英語教育有些不同的看法,語言代表一個族群的文化.語言常常也是意識型態的載具.無形之中,我們會不會下意識的把他國(尤其是美國)的文化意識自小札根在這些還沒有判斷能力的孩子身上? 我有些擔心.
Segregation in many cram schools which proudly call themselves "American Schools" is acceptable in Taiwan. It’s safe to suggest, therefore, that Taiwan is one of the most racist places on earth, as reflected in their employment ethics.
The issue of discrimination in English teaching is only one aspect of racist attitudes in Taiwan. These attitudes leave a very negative impression of the island’s people and their desire to be viewed as one of the most welcoming nations in Asia.
台灣是否如作者言之為仍在執行假性的種族隔離,仍有待系統性的研究,但是這樣的觀察似乎已不是少數人的心得.突然想到某教授最愛說的故事-自己的孩子在全美語環境下長大,最後語出驚人的說-I want to marry with somebody like him when I grow up. Him這裏指的是幼稚園裏的白人老師.
 
再看看媒體居然把是否能講perfect English為政治人物是否有國際觀的惟一指標,就知道台灣被"美"化的多嚴重了. NOTE是"美"化,不是"西"化-誰說美國就等於西方世界呢?
 
 
 
 

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