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dateline: 11 November 2014

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Irish Teacher Denied Job Due to “Alcoholism”

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • deny: to prevent from doing or having
  • stereotype: a widely held belief about a certain type of person or thing
  • alcoholism: the tendency to abuse alcohol
  • descent: origin or background
  • go viral: to spread quickly online
  • discriminate against: to be treated unfairly due to a certain quality such as age, gender, race, etc.

Irish Teacher Denied Job Due to “Alcoholism”

An teacher was denied a job in South Korea due to a stereotype about people from Ireland. After applying for an English teaching job in Seoul, the Irish woman received an email from the agency. The letter stated that the employer does not hire people of her descent due to “alcoholism”. The teacher posted the email on her Facebook page, and it went viral. English teachers are being discriminated against based on their language, their accent, or their age. This form of discrimination, however, was .

Comprehension Questions

    1. What was the Irish woman trying to do?
    2. Why didn’t the job candidate receive an interview?
    3. Why is a teacher’s accent mentioned in this report?

Discussion Questions: What stereotypes exist about your nation or nationality? Have you ever been discriminated against due to a stereotype?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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