It is evident that Seoul's policy to draw upon English language use in a communication is from what we could call a "native speaker-ism" mindset. This promotes the hegemony of only English-speaking countries. It assumes that knowledge of the forms and functions of English must be oriented to the usage in these countries.Some fair enough points there, especially since most of the people Koreans are likely to speak English with would be non-native speakers.
It also reinforces the perception that all second-language speakers are incomplete or deficient in their communicative competence while striving for the target competence of idealized "native speakers." Consequently, billions of bilingual speakers of English, including Korean-English speakers, are always measured against the standard of a native English speaker and found to be "incomplete" and "deficient.”
Benjamin Wagner's response to this piece, titled "What's to be done about 'native speaker' bias?" was published in the Korea Times today:
In her recent Korea Times article, "I am an English speaker, too," Ms. Ahn Hye-jeong, a Monash University English instructor and a doctoral candidate, presents a compelling argument against the idealization of "native speaker" teachers of English.Expanding on ideas he put forward in his presentation at the Canadian Embassy a few months ago, he points out the ways in which Korean ideas about race affect both Korean and non-Korean English teachers:
She argues that the "chauvinistic views" and "native speaker-ism mindset" of Korean policymakers has resulted in the promulgation of a dubious criterion whereby "Korean English speakers, are always measured against the standard of a native English speaker and found to be "incomplete" and "deficient."
In a society where race serves as an indicator of linguistic competence, opportunities for Korean English teachers only tend to open up where their race acts as a guarantor of their ethical competence since the same racial bias that accords non-Koreans special status as native speakers also marks them as morally suspect.Be sure to read the entire piece.